Super fun facings trick

super fun facings trick

Facings are a great way to finish a neckline or armhole (bias binding is another way — see my 3 bias binding tutorials here!). I like to have beautiful facings without having to fold up and finish the lower edge, which can produce a visible line from the outside of your garment, and I learned this clever trick a few years ago (probably from Karen) and thought I’d share. It uses your interfacing to finish the facing edge, and it’s just as quick and easy as folding and stitching or overlocking your facings like most patterns instruct. It also looks 100% better, as you’ll see in this tutorial.

Step 1. Cut out your facings and interfacings

The front / back neckline facing pattern pieces I used in this example are from my Beatrix pattern. You can see these facings in use in my How to make Beatrix without buttons tutorial. This tutorial would also work with most armhole, hem, or combined armhole-neckline facings as well.

I’m using fusible lightweight interfacing (this is the kind I like), but this tutorial also works with non-fusible interfacing.

Beatrix facings

Step 2. Sew the seams

Most patterns call for you to baste or fuse the interfacing to the facings before sewing anything. Instead, sew the front and back facings together, and then do the same with the interfacings (so, separately). In this example, I sewed the facings together at the shoulders, and then the interfacings together at the shoulders using the 1/2″ seam allowance called for in the pattern.

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Press the facing seams apart, but DO NOT PRESS THE INTERFACING SEAM IF YOU ARE USING FUSIBLE INTERFACING. Let’s avoid that sticky glue nightmare on your iron, shall we?

Step 3. Sew the facings to the interfacings along lower edge

Place the facings and interfacings right sides together and pin:

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Then sew them together along the lower edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. This should be the edge where you would normally fold up and stitch, or otherwise finish the edge of the facing before attaching it to the garment. It should not be the edge that will attach to the garment.

Beatrix facings - sew together

Step 4. Turn right side out and press

Now go ahead and turn them right side out, using a point turner to push out the bottom edges.

beatrix facings

And then press them together!!! At this point the fusible interfacing will fuse to the facing, and it creates a beautiful finish…see? Here’s the interfacing side:

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And the facing side:

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Step 5. Attach to garment

Now the facings are ready to attach to your garment! You can see how I attached these in this post.

Finished facings - Beatrix

Aren’t they beautiful?

This tutorial works great with my Beatrix, Washi, or even Charlie sewing patterns. Have you ever tried this trick?

13 thoughts on “Super fun facings trick

  1. Well, now… that’s just a super neat trick! Never heard of it before. But it’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that” things! 😄 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this trick! I agree with Grandma G — it seems so obvious now that you’ve told us! I love trying to make the insides of my garments look as nice as the outside, and this is one of the areas I have never been able to finish to my satisfaction. Have any tips for finishing the seam where you attach the sleeve? I love reading your blog!

    • Yay!! So sleeve seam finishing: When I’m feeling extra ambitious, I use flat-fell or french seams; though it does take a special kind of patience to do either one of those on a curved sleeve seam. Most of the time, I finish them with a zig zag stitch or a serger, which doesn’t look quite as nice but…it’s a tricky seam to finish!!

    • When you turn them right side out and press them, the interfacing fuses to the facings…get it? I’ll edit the post to make that more obvious!! Thanks for asking!!

  3. If you don’t want to use sticky interfacing, you could cut out two facings from the material and sew these together.

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