A knit fabric probably wasn’t the wisest choice either for my very first welt pockets! I am fairly happy with how they turned out in the end but I had to fiddle with them slightly to get everything to sit right. I would have been much more accurate in something nice and stable. These were definitely the trickiest aspect of the jacket construction wise. The other part which took some concentration was getting a nice sharp corner where the ribbing meets the main body of the jacket at the hem. I am really pleased with this part though. I almost didn't topstitch this area as instructed as I didn't want to risk messing it up but it does need it to sit flat.
Man was the right length zip hard to get hold of, and I was only looking for a pretty standard colour! I ended up buying about three different types and lengths from John Lewis where I could return them. It cost more than any other part of the jacket! Even though it’s a slight pain to stop the sewing process when you’re so close to finishing I’d recommend getting the point of inserting the zip before you purchase it and measure that front opening so you can get it exactly right. My zip options were either slightly too long or slightly too short so I went with slightly too short and eased it in as I thought that was better than stretching that front edge out and ending up with a dip at the centre front hem.
I sewed the whole garment with a narrow zig zag stitch and finished the seams on the overlocker where I could. I think I should have finished the edges of the pocket pieces before I assembled that part as it was tricky to do this neatly afterwards. Another reason to tackle lining it! I just used a straight stitch to insert the zip and for any topstitching as these were all in areas which didn't require stretch. To be honest this garment doesn’t need stretch in the stitching as it's not designed for it and the ribbing is placed where you need the stretch. However as my fabric has stretch and so gives a bit as I pull it on and off I didn't want to risk stitches popping when they didn’t move with the fabric.