Tutorial: How to draft a facing
Have you ever used a pattern with a lining instead of a facing, and wished it had a facing instead? Or perhaps a pattern that called for binding an edge, but you think a facing would work just as well?
It’s very easy to just draft your own facing pieces. We’re going to show you how, using the Licorice dress from The Colette Sewing Handbook. Licorice is fully lined to help it skim your body, but if you wanted to skip the lining, here’s what you need to do to finish the neckline with a facing instead.
This technique will work on just about any pattern.
Licorice dress pattern
Lay the top of the front dress pattern on a large piece of scrap paper.
Trace from the center front through the neckline, ending at the edge of the shoulder line.
For this facing, I’m drawing a line 2 3/4″ from the neckline, for a nice wide facing piece. Mark the distance you want from the neckline, just be sure that it’s not wider than the shoulder line.
Using a French curve, connect the dots in a nice curve.
Cut out the piece and mark it accordingly. Repeat for the back dress piece.
That’s it! Now just sew the facing like you would any other neckline facing, making sure to press and understitch the neckline seam. If you need a reminder, just refer to the instructions from another pattern with a facing, and you’ll be fine!
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