So, after toiling away for a bit, custom-fitting (which meant re-pinning and re-cutting) the muslin pattern and getting everything supposedly fitting right, even going so far as to purchase the fabric, it happens.
Every seamstress's nightmare, or at least this seamstress's nightmare. Why we ever left off lacing leather or fabric sheaths to our bodices at the end of the Renaissance, I'll never know.
While I ponder that, here's some pictures of lovely frock coat fabric.
Bag'o'fabrics, fresh from Mood (aren't I trendy?), with swatches draped oh-so-elegantly over the side. That beige mass in there is just the muslin. The real coat fabric is...
This lovely sage green color, it's a polyester pretending to be silk, and I think it'll work splendidly for the coat. If the damned sleeves would cooperate, that is.