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Simplicity 2648 facing question
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Date: 10/25/13 5:39 PM

Hi,

I've been wanting to try Simplicity 2648 for ages (Best of Pattern for 2010) and am finally making it. I'm using Sophia Double Knit and I am curious if I should eliminate facing since I'm using double knit. But I'm not sure what I should use in place of facing... And seems like folks who used double knit also used facing for this pattern?

Thanks,
RF
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Date: 10/25/13 7:22 PM

I love that pattern. I made it out of a knit and used the facing. I think the next time I make it I am going to try a neck binding like I do for tops. I think it might depend on the thickness of the knit and the stretch factor whether to use a binding or a facing. You would need a bias strip to do the binding. I am not sure how well it will work if the knit is really heavy as it would just add alot of bulk and maybe not turn under very well. Maybe someone who is familiar with that knit will chime in.
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Date: 10/26/13 0:27 AM

To keep the bulk down, you could use a lining fabric for the facing. Understitch to keep the knit from rolling.

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Date: 10/28/13 11:42 AM

I ended up using the facing pieces (self fabric + lightweight fusible weft from Fashion Sewing Supply). As I suspected, I don't like the facings I have to tack them down in multiple places because they keep flipping out. Also, it is a bit bulky to use the same fabric as facing (no choice since I donít have other lightweight knits on hand).

On the plus side, the fit of the dress is good! I now have a business casual dress to wear. I will be making the dress again in a woven, and for that I will definitely be using lining instead of facings.

RF
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