And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
Yes, for two weeks that's what I've done with every spare minute; Sleep, and rise night and day to work on this coat. This verse found in Mark 4:27 does promise a positive end to all this sleeping and rising night and day.
The lining construction did begin last night, but not after hours of sitting, thinking, and contemplating what would be the best way to bring this project to a end. At first it felt like wasted time, but I now I think I made the best choice. First, the pattern calls for the bodice being lined with fashion fabric which I think would make it too bulky. Instructions also call for using lining only for the skirt of the coat without the benefit of a facing. I thought this would put too much stress on my fashion fabric if that makes sense. The issue: what fabric to combine with my actual lining to finish this coat off.
Of course I've read all the review on this pattern, and thought the best solution for me and this fabric was one used by Tany at Couture et Tricot. She found a solution for this same pattern and also the Blue Orchid jacket that she had made. You can read about it here interesting. A great solution, however; I am not familiar with the serge fabric she used. Hours later I made a final decision - so I'm using a light weight woven suede. The woven suede was used for the center back and front sections of the bodice and also used to make a front facing for the skirt part of the coat.