Why bother with facings? Well, it’s true that hemming is easier, but facing give you an expert edge to all your edges. Unlike hemming you get an impeccably clean edge. The overall finish is more polished. And it’s actually not THAT fiddly (honest).
If you’re still not convinced (and hey, who could blame you) you can finish off your neckline using a simple hem – like with the t-shirts we made a while back. But I do think you’d be missing a treat…
Want to learn more about making your own delicious DIY dress? Check out the whole of the series: Choosing the right fabric The perfect DIY dress pattern (with only 3 measurements) DIY dress sewing success Getting the perfect finish The easiest elastic waist ever Finishing the sleeves (like a pro) 3 steps to a brilliant hem
How to add facing to a neckline
You will need:
neckline facing from week 4
lightweight interfacing (iron on is best by miles)
sewing machine, pins, thread, scissors, iron
Attaching the interfacing
1. Take your neckline facing pattern piece (the wide U shape) and lay that over the interfacing. You could also use the actual neckline facing if you’re feeling lazy. Pin in place and cut.
2. You’ll notice one side of the interfacing will be rougher than the other – the rougher side is the interfacing’s wrong side. This is the side that will stick to your fabric.
Lay the wrong side of interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric neckline facing. Use a medium-hot iron to press the interfacing and attach it to the fabric neckline facing.
3. Trim any excess interfacing from the edges of your fabric. You should now have two wide U shaped pieces of neckline facing, one side with fabric and the other side with interfacing.
4. Place the facing right sides together with the ends of the U matched up. Sew across each end of the U using a 1.5 cm seam allowance.
You should have a giant oval of fabric. This is going to be your neckline facing. Press the seams open.
Attaching the facing to the neckline
5. Have the top section of your dress facing right side out. Place the facing right side down over the neckline. Match the shoulder seams in the dress to the seams in your facing. Pin in place.
6. Pin the rest of the facing in place, matching the top raw edges together.
7. Sew from one side seam to another using a very small seam allowance (about 1 cm or less).
8. Cut notches into the seam allowance (between the facing and the dress) to reduce bulk and help the facing sit better.
Finishing the facing
9. Turn the facing over so it’s flat and away from the dress. Sewing as close as you can to the seam that attaches the dress to the facing, sew through the facing and all seam allowances (for those of you keeping score, this is called under stitching). This keeps the facing lying flat.
10. Turn the facing so it sits under the neckline. Press in place.
11. You could stop here (I do when I’m being lazy) or you could sew across the shoulder seams of the dress to really hold that facing down.If you do, sew with the right side of the dress facing up and stitch on (or as close as possible) to the shoulder seam.