Well I need to finish the sewing and I am still debating the closure. I would really like to put in a zipper but I don't have a machine. I may try and take it to a seamstress as a few people have told me that doing a zipper by hand is a real chore.
I have to say, although the acrylic is a definite bargain I just didn't enjoy knitting with it. I don't know if I will do my daughters the same way. Also, this jacket is way too big for my son so I may put this aside for someone else and do two entirely new ones for the dear children in real wool.