Pull out the instructions for View B, we are taking this one step at a time. Keep in mind, all seam allowances are 1/2" and I am using a serger to finish my seams. Pick whatever seam finish works best for you.
Sewing Skill #3 - Gathering
On both fronts and on the back, make two rows of stitching between the notches. Use long stitch length (a 4 or 5 on most machines) and stitch 1/2" from raw edge and again 3/8" from raw edge. Leave the thread tails long.
Your jacket is already looking like a jacket, right?
Clipping is another one of the those skills sewers want to skip but seriously folks, there is no other way to make a curve lie flat. So whenever you have a curve, take the end of your scissors and cut through the seam allowance (clip) to the stitching line but not through the stitch. The tighter the curve, the closer together your clips need to be.
Is it lying flat around the curve? If not, you may need a few more clips. Press the facing in place.
Enjoy your handiwork, it's looking' good!
Sewing Skill #5 - Understitching
Now I know plenty of people that have been sewing for years and have never understitched. It's one of those skills that can change a garment from looking homemade to professional and it's really simple.
An understitch is a line of stitching close to the neckline edge on the facing. It makes a facing want to lie flat. I don't know the physics of it but I know it works.
On the Dover Jacket, understitch from the hem of the jacket as far up the front as possible (you can't stitch all the way because of the corner), continue around the neckline as far as possible and finish up stitching from the neck down to the hem
We are powering through this Sew-Along and we will finish it up in our next installment. Dover Day #4 is February 23. Keep asking questions! I'm happy to help.
Thanks for sewing along!