Today we’ll be using a bias facing to finish the armholes of the sleeveless version of the Felix Dress. If you’ve done this before or followed our flat bias facings tutorial you’re probably an old pro. If this is the case, just make a note that the seam allowance for attaching the bias facing to the armhole is not the standard 1/4″ we usually use, but 1/2″ instead. If you’re here for the entire tutorial, let’s get started.
To begin, fold the bias strips so that the wrong sides are facing out and the short ends meet. Stitch across the seam line at 1/4″.
Press the seam allowances open.
Pin the bias facing to the dress with the right sides of the dress and bias facing together.
Sew the facing and armhole together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Trim the entire seam allowance down to 1/4″.
Grade the seam allowance of the bias facing further by trimming it in half.
Clip into the seam allowance to, but not through, the stitching line approximately every 1/2 – 3/4″.
Press the facing and seam allowance away from the bodice.
Understitch along the seam line through the bias facing and all layers of the seam allowance. This will help the seam line to turn to the inside of the garment in the next step.
Press the bias facing to the inside of the garment making sure that the seam line rolls to the inside slightly as well.
Fold the raw edge of the bias under to and press. Do this around the entire circumference of the garment.
Stitch along the edge of the bias that you just folded under to anchor the bias facing in place. Repeat these steps for the other armhole and give both a final press.
We’re all set for the last installment of the Felix Sew-Along, hemming! We’ll see you back here for that and if you have any q’s let us know below.