All-in-one facing tutorial
This tutorial is taken from my Hannah Top sewing pattern. I wanted to share it here since I think an all-in-one facing is a superb way of finishing a sleeveless top. I encourage beginners to give it a try since it’s a way to avoid any visible stitches along the neckline, giving you a professional finish even if your stitching isn’t quite as straight as it should be!
If the pattern doesn’t include a facing you can simply cut one by following the main pattern pieces for the neckline and armholes and then shaping the edges of the facings as you wish. The minimum width for a facing is 5 cm ( 2″ ). Note that this method only works when there’s a middle back seam. Always fuse all facing pieces with fusible interfacing, it will keep them neatly in place as well as help the neckline keep its shape over time.
With right sides facing, place back pieces on top of front piece. Stitch shoulder seams.
With right sides facing, place back facing pieces on top of front facing piece. Stitch shoulder seams of facings. Finish bottom edges of facings with a zig zag stitch, or use bias tape.
Press both shoulder seams open.
( This style has a keyhole opening at back with a button and loop closure. If the neckline is big enough to not need an opening finish stitching at middle back of neckline. )
Press all seam allowances towards the facing.