I would have changed the collar and restyled it instead of rebuilding the entire front, remove the flapped pockets and put on patch pockets. Make the top button a working button so it would be 3X3 and you could call it an Ulster. Would not have cost as much or been as much work. Me thinks I would prefer that styling for this coat. Would read eclectic casual topcoat and not risk being an eccentric dress coat. I have a bias, strong dislike of purple.
I thought about doing a more casual coat but Ive already had this for about 6 years:
I also have this which is rather eccentric as well, maybe more so.
My third coat is a burberry trench because I can't make rain coats.
I think I may move the pockets up an 1"
Edited by David Reeves - 9/9/16 at 3:09pm