Once it's cut, it's decided, right?
I put on my SWAP jacket last night and folded the front back along a line from the shoulder seam to just above the second button up from the bottom...and, yes, it was a deep V but it looked pretty good. So I measured from the bottom of the jacket to the bottom of the V...8". I traced off a copy of the front and the front facing, drew a line from the neckline/shoulder seam join and the point on the front seam 8" up from the hemline, added a seam allowance, and cut out my new pattern. It took, maybe, 10 minutes, including dragging all the boards and stuff out. Here's a comparison of the original and the new pattern pieces:
So I cut out the jacket fabric and the interfacing last night; I'd've cut the lining, too, but I discovered that something (Tide?) had spilled on it in during it's sojourn in the laundry/sewing room waiting to be cut. So it had to make another trip through the washer before I could cut it out. Maybe tonight.
Meantime, I'll just keep chugging away on the costumes...