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Date: 6/4/10 4:42 PM

I HATE FACINGS.

I just hate them. No RTW garments have this crap.

They flop around, create lines visible from the outside, bulge... I CAN NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE.

I never want to do another facing again. Ever. I recently made a linen skirt from Butterick 4461 and the cursed thing is unwearable in its current state. NO MORE FACINGS.

Do any of you have techniques for avoiding facings? Do you just fully line everything?

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 4:55 PM

I feel your pain. What exactly is it that you hate?
They don't fit correctly?
Hemming or finishing the edges?
Tacking them down?
Or all of the above and then some?

Facings should be nothing more than the outside pieces in a shortened version. There are a number of ways to finish the edges depending upon what you are facing.

So, reply with your exact problem and we'll try to help! Pictures also tell us a myriad of information.

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 6:09 PM

i don't ever use them and you are right - they aren't used in the garment industry much.

I bind instead or underline.

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 6:22 PM

I guess I'm slightly weird (well, yeah ) but I quite like facings, and really, a properly drafted facing shouldn't be flopping around, bulging, or creating visible lines.

That said, sometimes it's just nicer to line things -- it's usually not a whole lot more trouble than using a facing, IMHO. Binding edges with bias tape or whatever, though -- now THAT is what I think of as a headache.

Obviously we all have different preferences and pet peeves.

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 6:43 PM

I think back facing make me look like the Hump Back of Notre Dame!!

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 6:51 PM

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Do any of you have techniques for avoiding facings? Do you just fully line everything?


Petersham ribbon to take place of the facing for some waistbands.

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 7:04 PM

Me too, most of the time. I go out of my way to avoid them. I flat-out refuse to put in the traditional Becky Home-ecky variety, you know, the ones that just kind of flap free, with only tacks at the shoulders to keep them tamed. Yeah, right! I don't care how expert your understitching is, those things are going to be hanging out at some point, probably at the back neck, where you won't notice but everyone else will. They used to have them in RTW, and yes, they stuck out. Dumb.

There are instances where the garment edge really needs the support, however. I've skipped facings a few times and regretted it later when the neckline or front edge or whatever didn't hold its shape and ended up looking sloppy. I prefer to line or finish with binding of some kind, but if I just have to use a facing, I make a sincere effort to only do them when they are fully stitched down.

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 8:01 PM


I don't like them too much either. Sometimes I will go so far as the line the top then do them. But I've learned that if you clip and trim and press twice they will lay well.

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/4/10 8:13 PM

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There are instances where the garment edge really needs the support, however. I've skipped facings a few times and regretted it later when the neckline or front edge or whatever didn't hold its shape and ended up looking sloppy.

I agree.

I think they add a crisp look to woven blouses, especially those with some vintage elements. I don't always use them, but actually enjoy adding them to a blouse.

Careful sewing, clipping and pressing really help. Understitching is necessary.

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Subject: I HATE FACINGS Date: 6/5/10 9:37 AM

For those of you who underline, do you underline the whole garment, or do you just line, say, the top of the garment down to under the bustline? Do you have any universal fabrics on hand for this, or do you buy specifically for a garment (I am thinking of situations where underlining in the fashion fabric would be too bulky).

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