Hand sewing the zipper took a little time. I take many small horizontal stitches through both thicknesses and place them one on top of the other. This results in a row of slanted stitches running down the zipper tape.
Turn the coat inside out. Keeping the sleeves right side out, tuck a sleeve into one armhole with the underarm sleeve seam centered in the 2″ decrease area in the armhole. Center the top of the sleeve on the shoulder seam. Make sure you have the two pieces right side together. Clip the sleeve to the armhole edges and crochet or sew around the edge.
The above photo shows the sleeve seam crocheted together. Weave in all ends. Sew the buttons under the buttonholes on the front.
I will post a modeled photo soon but now I am going to sign off for a couple of weeks and to take a vacation with my children and grandchildren. When I return, I will provide the free crochet Bike Chain Car Coat pattern.