After cutting and assembling the main pieces of the tailcoat I have proceeded to the small parts: pocket flaps, cuffs, and collar.
The easiest first: pockets. I haven’t bothered to make functioning pockets, only the pocket flaps. The flaps are not merely decorative though, they are important for the overall silhouette. Sometimes they even have buttons, stylistic leftovers from the previous era. The actual pockets are often hidden in the pleats on the tails.
Cuffs: The narrow sleeve is finished off with a cuff. On a Regency coat the cuff is long over the wrist. It is slightly flared. It is cut wide enough to overlap but can be left unbuttoned. There is no opening above the cuff like on a modern jacket or shirtsleeve. Each cuff is constructed out of two layers of wool, folded. The sleeve is sandwiched between these two layers. As I mentioned before: the wool is really easy to work with. The stitches just seem to disappear.