I was struck by a pattern I found, which uses abuses quarters to make a jacket. So I found some quarters I'd picked up just because, ran out for a lining, and should have it done later this evening. This may eliminate my need for a neckpiece, which would save me a ton of time. More importantly, it DOES save me from the bracers, which were going to account for a whole week of work. So a good chunk of leather may end up going to waste, but I'll live. If there's time, I'm definitely doing the neckpiece. The picture really doesn't do the fabric or the lining justice at all, it's badly overexposed. The reds are darker, and the lining is barely-transparent shimmery black. Very showy.