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How to sew a neckline facing // A Dove blouse tutorial

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Facings can get a really bad rap in sewing, and I think that’s largely due to a few crucial finishing steps being left out. When done well, a facing can be a really beautiful function finish for a blouse or dress.

Today I’ll be showing you how to finish the neckline of my Dove blouse with the included facing pattern pieces, but these instructions work equally well for all garment facings.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Firstly you’ll need to cut out your facings and attach lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the Front Neckline Facing and the wrong side of the Back Neckline Facing.

But here’s a hot tip! Instead of cutting out the interfacing before attaching to the fabric, try block fusing with this tutorial. It will save you a lot of time and fuss and help you be more accurate

Place the Front Neckline Facing and Back Neckline Facing right sides together so that the shoulder seams line up.

Sew along the shoulder seams 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge. Press the seams open.How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Finish the raw edges of the facing by your preferred method. At this point I think it’s worth mentioning that I’m showing you a very standard method of finishing the raw edges of a neckline facing. In a few days I’ll share some different ways that you can finish the raw edges of a neckline facing that are different than the above instructions, so keep that in mind if you’d like to wait and see the other methods.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Can you see the light pencil marks on my facing above? As I showed you in my tips for sewing a perfect V neckline, it’s quite helpful to draw in the seam line on the vneck, ¼” (0.6cm) from the raw edge, before attaching to the neckline, as this will make it easier when sewing the neckline.

Turn the blouse right way round, so that the right side of the fabric is facing outwards. Place the facing over the neckline with right sides facing each other. Attach the facing to the neckline by sewing ¼” (0.6cm) from the raw edge around the neckline, pivoting at the v neckline.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalongHow to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Clip into the v neck, being careful not to cut through the stitches, and clip along the back neckline edge being careful not to cut through the stitches.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalongHow to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Press the facing and seams away from the neckline.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Understitch along the edge of the neckline facing to prevent the facing from showing on the right side of the blouse.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Turn the facing towards the inside of the blouse . Press the neckline well ensuring that none of the facing is showing along the neckline edge.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalongHow to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong

Hand tack the facing to the shoulder seams and the centre front seam. This will help prevent the facing from flipping to the right side of the garment during wear. Or for a more casual look (as i did above) try topstitching the facing in place on the right side of the garment.

How to sew a neckline facing // Megan Nielsen Design Diary // Dove blouse sewalong Stay tuned because next up I’ll be showing you three ways to finish the internally edges of your facings beautifully. You’ll want to sew facings on everything!

Here’s the full list of Dove tutorials:

How to sew a v neckline with facing // Tutorial by Megan Nielsen Patterns shown on the Dove Blouse sewing pattern

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Happy sewing!

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About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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robbie
5 years ago

Great post–very helpful.

PsychicKathleen
PsychicKathleen
5 years ago

Your posts are ALWAYS helpful Meg! I like the idea of topstitching the facing down too. It keeps in place and adds a nice structure to the neckline especially if you’re using a light voile cotton.

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Very good visuals! I came here kind of randomly, but found a very helpful way to proceed in making a V-neck, “from scratch”.