Cut Longer Facings for Better-Looking Garments
When a garment has a separate front facing, such as a blouse, jacket, or skirt, cut the facing about 2-in. longer at the hem. This helps assure a smooth ripple-free application.
Here, the garment front and facing were cut from the fashion fabric.
I recommend using a knitted or woven preshrunk interfacing. It doesn’t hurt to preshrink and usually helps the look of the finished garment. But beware, even if you did preshrink the interfacing, it could shrink more during pressing.
The garment front and facing pattern pieces start out the same length, and will either fit together 1 to 1 or the facing could be up to 3/4-in. shorter after the interfacing is applied.
Without first laying the facing pattern tissue over the garment front pattern tissue to check their fit, the front is either eased onto the facing, or the facing is stretched to match the front length. In either of these cases, the front edge ends up with an unattractive eased/wrinkled vertical seam.
By making the front facing about 2-in. longer, the facing and the garment front can be pinned together evenly.
The front garment can have a straight or curved hem. Once the facing is sewn to the vertical edge, redraw the hem curve. Start stitching by slightly overlapping the stitches on the vertical seam you just stitched. Continue stitching along the line or curve you just drew. Cut off any facing and garment fabric that is not needed. Use the same seam allowance width as the vertical seam.
Have you every tried this technique or one similar? Were you satisfied with the results?
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