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Date: 9/24/12 12:26 PM

Since it's a year for taking sides and all. How do you feel about facings? Some people really hate them because they tend to flap around instead of staying put. I don't disagree, but I can't help thinking that sometimes they are really useful.

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Date: 9/24/12 12:29 PM

Well, in pants, as in dress trousers, I sometimes like petersham ribbon instead of a facing. In a skirt, the same. But in a top, such as a sleeveless dress, I much prefer the all-in-one facing that incorporates the sleeve and the neckline; this prevents the "flapping". But this is only for wovens. Knits, I just turn under and use a fancy stitch on the edge.

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Date: 9/24/12 12:49 PM

I'm with you: not crazy about "flapping facings" But they do add some crispness to necklines.

For all my supercasual summer dresses, I used bias tape.

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Date: 9/24/12 5:49 PM

Interesting question! Miss Fairchild, I had to read your post twice because I haven't seen an all-one-in-one facing that includes the sleeve along with the neckline. Can you give an example of where that would be seen? I'm curious! I've seen them where they include the back facing following the neckline to the front, but not the sleeve. Can't quite picture how that works.

I'm paying more attention to RTW facings, and see some wovens using them but overall not many. Is that because I'm buying cheap clothing, or do they know something easier about construction than I?

In knits I don't see facings at all, unless it's a jacket.

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Date: 9/24/12 5:58 PM

I have seen the facing Miss Fairchild is referring too and I agree that one is fine. I have some tank tops and done some tunic tops in which I used facing and then sewed them down using a decorative thread as a top stitch. But other than that, I would much rather bind edges.

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Date: 9/24/12 6:20 PM

I use facings and bindings depending on the garment. F'rinstance, it's much easier for me to use a facing on a V neck than to bind it. Like Miss Fairchild, the all in one facing is my favorite for a sleeveless woven ... usually. I searched my myriad sewing books until I found good instructions for doing this and have a permanent bright post-it to flag the pages.

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Date: 9/24/12 6:56 PM

They are definitely not as necessary as we were led to believe "back in the day" (60's and 70's). I can remember a friend of my mom's being scandalized that someone was teaching the turn under method. And this was not a stodgy old lady, either! But they were the bane of my existence back then. Clipping, trimming, understitching.

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Date: 9/24/12 7:57 PM

I am with most people in that they are not my favorite thing, but they are also useful in some cases. I usually include them when the pattern calls for it as it's usually a good idea.

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Date: 9/24/12 8:53 PM

Sorry! I said "sleeve" when I meant "armscye". Here's a tutorial:
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Your initial thought was right; my brain was out...Sorry!

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Date: 9/24/12 10:40 PM

I think facings can give some structure when structure is needed. But I agree with everyone who said they are not as needed as we were led to believe. Facings can flap around. I sew them down at seams.

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