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Posted on: 7/3/05 6:46 AM
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I prefer my neckline facings for a top or tee in a woven or knit fabric without shoulder seams, this to prevent the unnecessary thickness at the shoulder seams. There is no need to double up the seam allowances at the shoulders.
Start with tracing the front and back pattern of your neckline, join the shoulder seams and trace this new neckline for a facing pattern. I add a seam at the centre back and cut the front centre part at the fold, if you use a half part pattern. If you want to use a single layout duplicate the other half pattern. I mark the shoulder stitch line so it is easy to see where the facing meets the shoulder.

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Maychi said... (7/4/05 1:59 PM) Reply
Great tip, Els! Thank you!
MaryBeth said... (7/4/05 10:50 AM) Reply
That's so clever it makes one say, "It's so obvious, why didn't I think of that?" Thanks!!!
Mommo said... (7/4/05 9:14 AM) Reply
What a great idea!
Danvillegirl said... (7/4/05 8:52 AM) Reply
Excellent idea. Glad you posted this as I would never have thought of it. Makes sense. I will give this a try soon.
AnneM said... (7/4/05 8:33 AM) Reply
Good idea, Els. Thanks.
Twinkster said... (7/4/05 8:11 AM) Reply
This results in a beautiful facing! Thanks for the picture too!
Loreli said... (7/3/05 12:56 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip Els. I am going to try it out on my next top.
meanjean said... (7/3/05 11:29 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip. Having all that thickness at the shoulder seem is always annoying to me. Next chance I get, I'm going to try your tip.
Mary Stiefer said... (7/3/05 9:44 AM) Reply
Great idea - thanks.
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