Saturday, March 15, 2008

facing tutorial

here is a very professional and very easy way to finish the raw edge of a facing:

1. start with facing and interfacing pieces, but do not fuse the interfacing to the fabric. here we have a typical front facing for a blouse or dress.

2. pin the interfacing to the fabric, right sides together.

3. stitch interfacing to the facing with a 5/8" seam along the long edge of the facing (all edges that will not be sewn to the garment).

my shirt dress had a collar instead of a neck facing, which is why i finished the shoulder edge of this facing. if the facing piece had another piece (like a neck facing) to be attached to it, attach those pieces together (including the interfacing pieces) before sewing the interfacing on, so the finished edge is continuous along the entire facing.

4. clip corners (if necessary) and trim the seam to 1/8" to reduce bulk.

5. turn facing so the right sides are out and carefully press seam edge to finish, then carefully fuse the interfacing to the fabric.

6. the raw edge of the seam is now fused between the interfacing and the fabric.

7. wasn't that easy? a very professional-looking finished edge to your facings.

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