In this post we'll cover assembling the body for View A & B for the Sienna Maker Jacket. Your sewing project finally transforms into a real jacket the moment you sew your shoulder and side seams together. There is something so satisfying about watching your 2D pieces evolve into something 3D- this is why sewing is the best!
BACK: VIEW B (MID LENGTH)
The mid-length View B does not have a back slit. Sewing this version is very straightforward. With right sides together, pin the left and right back jacket pieces along the center back seam, matching the double notches.
Sew the entire length of the seam with a 1" seam allowance, ignoring the back slit notch. Press the seam open.
Fold the raw edge of each seam allowance under by 1/2" to meet the seam. Press well.
Topstitch each folded seam allowance in place. As we mentioned, there are a zillion ways to personalize your Sienna Maker Jacket with topstitching, so use your choice of topstitching thread, triple stitch, or subtle matching thread. Whatever floats your boat, it's your jacket!
BACK: VIEW A (LONG)
The steps are essentially the same for the View A back, with the exception of the back slit. With right sides together, pin the left and right back jacket pieces together along the center back seam. Match the double notches and back slit notch.
Sew the seam with a 1" seam allowance, from the top of the center back seam, straight down to the back slit notch. When you reach the back slit notch, stop and backstitch. Press the seam open.
Fold the raw edge of each seam allowance under by 1/2" to meet the seam. Press well. Topstitch each folded seam allowance in place. Sew a bar tack at the top of the back slit to help secure and anchor the slit.
SHOULDER SEAMS (VIEW A & B)
For both View A & B, sew the shoulder seams. With right sides together, match the left and right jacket fronts to the back at the shoulder seams and pin in place.
Sew the shoulder seams at 5/8". Finish the seams with your preferred method and press to the back. We're using flat fell seams for our samples.
Topstitch the shoulder seams in place at 1/4".
SIDE SEAMS (VIEW A & B)
With right sides together, pin the front jacket to the back along the side seams matching notches. The front pockets will be sandwiched in this seam.
Sew the side seams at 5/8". Finish the seams and press to the back. Topstitch the seams in place at 1/4".
It's looking like a jacket now! You're ready to assemble your collar and facings!