Farrow Sew-Along: Neckline Facing

In today’s edition of the Farrow Sew-Along we’ll be assembling and attaching our neckline facing. To begin, sew the front and back neckline facings together at the shoulder seams as shown above.

Press the seam allowances open and finish the outer edge if desired. I’ve serged mine here but since the facing is interfaced, it shouldn’t fray.

Align the facing with the neckline with right sides facing. Match the shoulder seams of the facing and dress. At the center back you’ll want the half inch seam allowance of the facing to wrap around the edge of the center back as shown above.

Stitch along the neckline from one side of the center back to the other. Clip the corners at the center back, grade the facing seam allowance, and clip the seam allowances approximately every 1″.

Press both the facing and the seam allowance up away from the dress. Understitch around the edge of the facing through both the facing and seam allowance as we did for the armhole / sleeve facings.

Roll the facing and seam line towards the underside of the garment and press.

Your neckline facing is now attached! We’ll tackle tacking it in place during our final installment of the sew-along.

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2 replies on “Farrow Sew-Along: Neckline Facing

  • Ronni

    I cut a size 4 neckline and size 6 shoulder seam. I cut the neck facings for a size 4 and added length for the taller shoulder. I’m not sure this is the right way to change the facing, I can’t seem to fit it together nicely.

    Similarly, my armescye is cut at a size 6 and my bodice side at size 8. What’s a good adjustment for the armhole facing?

    I guess I’m getting at, why are facing drafted at a different curve than the pieces they face? How do I account for it when making a facing with a size blend? Would it work to just trace off a facing that exactly matches my bodice pattern?

    Thanks for your thoughts on this!

    • Jen

      Once you’ve changed the curve of a neckline or armhole I find it’s best to just draft a new facing. To do that, follow the curve of the neckline or armhole marking a line 2″ out. This will become your new facing!


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