Forging ahead with the green suit, now that I have incentive to sew with the cheap raw silk.
I have sewn together all the body pieces of both the lining and the jacket and have also sewn on the patch pockets. You can see a little bit of the silver thread sparkle here but it shows up better if you click on the photo and make it bigger at Flickr. Of course, it looks even better in real life. The sleeves (all four of them) are sewn together and the skirt also, including the lining. Now for more assembly.