Welcome to the Sapporo Coat Neck Facing tutorial! This is one of those steps that is hard to picture in your mind, but makes a lot more sense once you start walking through the instructions.
The construction is a little unusual in that half of the facing is actually built into the upper front design. The upper front will fold back on itself to become part of the facing. Clever, right? So the facing piece that you're about to stitch in is actually just the back neckline portion, while the front facings will come from the garment itself.
Clear as mud? Don't worry, let's walk through it together.
Pin your facing piece to the front neck edge with right sides facing.
Just like this.
Now stitch the other end of the facing to the opposite front neck edge. Press seams open.
When you lay it flat against the coat, it will look like the photo above. We'll be sewing it with wrong sides together shortly, but I wanted to show you how it's coming together to help you picture the end result.
See how the seam on the facing lines up with the shoulder seam? That's what you're aiming for when we sew the facing in place.
Right, let's get that facing in place. Turn the facing so it's against the coat with right sides together. Match the raw edges of the facing to the neckline and stitch in place.
Trim the seam allowance, clipping the corners and curves.
Turn facing towards the inside and with wrong sides together, gently press the seam flat. Understitch the seam allowance towards the facing.
Voila! Your facing is done. Great work!
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