My mom bought this thing, because I like plaid. When I saw it, I think that there was a mental block - I can usually see something cute in an old-fashioned piece of clothing like this, but this one took me a while!
It had detachable sleeves and silly pleats that make the one side much wider than the other. First I carefully cut the stitching in the pleats to open them up. Because I wanted to keep the side pockets, I had to remove the button bands instead of take in the sides. And for the back, since I didn't want a center seam, I made a long pleat. Actually, I really like the fit that I ended up with!
I think it must have been the color that did it, but now I think it looks great! A point for Mom!