My jacket is finished. I won't question the need for 100-200 hours for a couture-constructed jacket ever again. Though this jacket is far from being made with couture techniques, it took me an enormous amount of time. I didn't count the hours, but it is the most time consuming jacket I ever made and have even more respect for those of you who made/are making such a jacket in the classic couture way.
My fabric was too thin for the quilting. I tried but it was no good. I took the "easy" way Threads described as starting point for construction then, but with my own twist. I didn't like the way the lining was completely till the hemline, with the chain on top of the lining. The lining of my jacket is sewn by machine on the sides and neckline. I lined the sleeve and attached the sleeve with the lining in the armhole. After that I made a bias binding around the seam allowance.
The braid is made from a black thread from a special yarn and weft threads of the fabric. Those I crocheted to one long thread and then braided it.
I finished this just in time, as I always planned to make this jacket for a family occasion tomorrow. Though I won't wear it with the dress that was intended to go with it, that's a complete wadder. I'll wear it with a black skirt (sewn too at the last moment) and top, which is a very good combination, if I may say so myself.
I'll try to post a few pictures of me wearing this in the next few days.
Finally I would like to thank Cindy and Antoinette for starting this sew along. Without it I would probably not have ventured into making such a jacket yet. I really liked the experience and seeing all other jackets coming along.