I did it in what I'm calling Alabama Chanin 'Lite Style'. I machine sewed and serged the seams, then did the top stitching by hand using heavy grey Coats and Clark thread. Like my previous experience hand stitching with this thread, I threaded two lengths of thread through the needle together in the same direction to prevent tangling.
This is the original jacket I copied it from. You can see the first two I made here (scroll down to the bottom of the post)
When I started this, I thought that I could take my time doing the hand stitching relaxing and watching TV while I had another project going on simultaneously in the sewing room. Well, once I started this, I had to finish it. I just don't know how some people can work on multiple projects at one time. I can't do it! I am a successful multi-tasker in the rest of my life, I just not when it comes to sewing.Weird! The good thing about it though, is I don't ever have half finished projects laying around.
Now I can get back to that other project!