Here is what the pad stitching looked like on the undercollar before it was assembled:
The lining is going to be a little tricky in terms of the sequence of construction.
I will make a regular lining for the bodice and attach it as one would normally expect. But the skirt of this coat has a large pleat in the back and it seems best if I apply the lining more as one would apply an interlining. In other words, I will attach the lining before I sew the pleat and attach the skirt to the bodice. It just seems better this way to me. I do want to sew piping between the edge of the lining and the front facing. I think I'll have to attach it to the facing. And I am betting there will be hand sewing involved.
Buttons? I don't know yet. I bought some at Mood, but I don't like them that much. I checked G street and nothing excited me there. I found some at Michael's that I liked. I just wanted to LOVE my buttons. We'll see.