I’m showing View A in the sew along without the zipper. It feels a little less formal to me and when I’m wearing a short jacket I’m not as concerned with it closing as tightly as I am with a longer coat. To assemble the bands for View A begin by taking your interfaced bands and laying them out to double check that you have two opposite bands as above.
Fold the bands in half with right sides together so that the raw edges touch and stitch the short ends together. Your interfacing will cross the halfway mark, this is not an error. This reinforces the edge and helps keep it strong and in its proper shape.
Snip the corners and grade the fused seams.
Turn the bands right side out and press the edges you just sewed as well as the center front fold line nice and flat.
Run a line of stitching along the open edges of the bands at approx. 1/4″ so that it falls inside of the seam line. This makes the two layers act as one when you attach them to the front of the jacket.
Line your bands up with the side of the jacket just to double check that everything lines up as you expected.
Pin the front bands to the front of the jacket making sure that the band falls short of the edges of the jacket by 1/2″ on either side of the band.
Stitch the two bands into place along the 1/2″ seam allowance.
Next Up: Attaching the front closures for View B