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Posted by: Diane Yaghoobian

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Posted on: 2/15/03 7:26 PM
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This is so simple and obvious I can't believe I never thought of it or read it before. I make a lot of girls dresses (4 granddaughters) and always line the bodice because lining is easier than facing and looks nice. I picked up this tip for wherever the buttons are, or the piece would normally split for an opening (like a yoke): instead of cutting out four of everything (2 fronts or backs and 2 lining pieces) cut two ON THE FOLD! The fold line is marked on the pattern anyway, and you will have saved yourself that extra seam and bulk where the facing and garment join. To keep it straight, especially on solid fabrics with no "right" side, and also for needed reinforcement, fuse a 1" reinforcing strip of fusible to one side of the fold: this will be the designated facing half of each piece. Gives you the reinforcement you need for the buttonholes, buttons, snaps, whatever.

You sew it all into one large ring, joining shoulder seams - the facings and garment pieces, When you finish the neck, even adding a collar, you just flip it over, stitch and then turn it all back right side out. (After trimming and understitching if needed, of course)

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siobhan said...
fabulous idea
4/26/03 2:19 AM
nfield said...
Hi Diane I can not picture this. It sounds so good. Do you have any pictures of the process? Thanks Nancy
7/9/10 7:57 PM
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