I made myself a white linen jacket about eleven years ago. It has to be one of the most under-utilised garments in my wardrobe, but one that I admire exceedingly every time I take it out, look at it, consider the cost, and replace it in the cupboard. What can be said for white clothing - elegant, chic, cool, but the flipside, it shows every mark imaginable. So the cost is having to launder it virtually everytime it is worn, unless it happens to have had an hour and a half outing to church, and wafted like a ghost past anything that could leave a mark. I took it upon myself to fully line this jacket (the pattern didn't call for it), as I had just completed an intense course in tailoring. I was so fired up, I just had to make a lined jacket to cement my new-found knowledge. Here is the pattern I used.
So you would have thought my daughter Jeanine would have learnt from my experience, but no, she wanted a white linen jacket! We agreed at the outset - no need for lining. So I elected that a nice finish for the seams would be HongKong seaming. For a full tutorial, on HongKong seaming, see Carolyn's exceptional tut here - no need to reinvent the wheel.
My jacket fitted Jeanine to a tee, so fitting was a synch and I just had to get on with it. If I remember correctly, the bias binding needed to finish off the seams was about 11 meters. Something therapeutical in finishing off all those seams in their neat casings.
After all this stark whiteness, I am off to add some colour to my life!!