I know I’ve done my dash on pineapple prints but I had some leftover and made another dress using my basic block pattern. Why? Because I wanted to use it before this blistering heat ends and to perfect an me-made ‘all in one’ facing.
Last week a few of us were after talking all things sewing and facings came up in the conversation. I decided to watch the Great British Sewing Bee series 2 because it’s finally showing on pay tv. Series 2 used a basic top with an all-in-one facing is challenge 1 episode 1. So on the weekend I experimented with an all-in-one facing on two types of fabric.
Here are my me-made drafted facings for my basic block dress.
|The seams are built into my basic block pattern.|
The key points for making smooth finish are clipping the seams and understitching close to the seamline.
|I’ve used a cotton fabric because I ran out of this pineapple linen print.|
It felt good to see I can sew facings. I do shy away from facings.
|Can you see the pocket sewn on the outside of the skirt?|
As we’re currently living in hot, humid conditions, this sleeveless linen dress with last minute pockets is going to be worn quiet a bit now.
Then I decided to try and all in one facing on a stable knit dress using McCalls 6559,
The finish on the neckline and arms worked nicely.
Mr V likes this dress better than the green pineapple romper.
There was excess fabric at the waist so I pinched it out and formed a french dart.
The centre back has shaping to overcome my sway back. The back still needs a back dart at the waist because there’s a bit more excess fabric under the arm.
It’s good to reuse handy sewing skills like all-in-one facings again. And that’s all my pineapple fabric for this Summer.
As Nicole mentioned below, Jenny has a great bunch of posts about all in one facings. You have to enjoy her well-written, well-photographed posts.
Update: Go to the Sewing Directory for details about the Great British Sewing Bee Series 3.