Tuesday, January 11, 2011
A facing simply encloses the neck, armhole, waistline, or hem. A facing pattern follows the outline of the pattern piece, but is (usually) only 2" wide--plus another 5/8" for the seam allowance.
So, to make a facing for the Crepe neckline, I'm going to start by drawing a line 2-5/8" away from the pattern edge using a clear gridded ruler to help me. This is the outer edge of my facing pattern.
Next, let's take a look at the armhole facing. This looks tricky because it's such a curvy shape, but it's the exact same process as with the neckline. Start by measuring and drawing your line 2-5/8" away from the armhole line.
Now repeat the process for the back neckline and armhole.
Another reminder for sew-alongers: make sure your bodice waistline still matches up to your skirt waistline. Add or remove width as needed!