I've ironed the linen and it looks great. I took out and ironed the pattern pieces for the jacket and noticed for the first time that not only are the sleeves "below elbow" (or three quarter) but they have a little V-detail on the hem which is nice. The 3/4 length is even nicer because then I don't have to wonder how much to take them up for my short arms.
Now I am comparing skirt pattern pieces. I am using a New Look pattern (#6705) I have had for some years. I have only made the top before, with its faux-Mandarin collar.
Then I am superimposing the pattern pieces for that skirt I always make on top of the new pattern, to make sure that it will fit width-wise but also that it works for length. I lined up the marks that say "natural waistline" and the New Look skirt is only a few inches higher in the waist so it won't be like a giant sash or something. And it doesn't have a waistband either, but uses petersham or grosgrain ribbon for the facings.
The New Look pattern calls for a side zipper and a side slit, so the back is cut on the fold. I am going to change that so I get a back zipper and a back vent. I think the vent will look more formal than a side slit. I also plan to line the skirt, even though the fabric is thick enough that I probably won't need to. But a skirt hangs better when it is lined and it sticks to hose is it isn't lined. By lining it, it will look more formal and work under all leg situations.