This pattern doesn’t include a neck facing piece, pretty common for the time, I understand. It would probably be authentic to finish off with a thin bias band, but I’m used to facings and wanted to add one here. Drafting one shouldn’t be difficult.
- I put the paper pattern pieces together, without any seam allowance at the shoulder, and placed a fold at center back. It looks smooth at the center back.
- the neck facing front edge fits under the bodice fronts that are folded back.
- I traced the chicken scratch copy onto another sheet of paper, correcting curves, deepening the back a bit across the lower edge.
- You can see the facing stay-stitched and serged on the wider edge.
- I re-checked the fit on the dress form. The neck, back and front all looked fine, but the center front that had looked adequate to fit nicely under the folded bodice front edge had shrunk terribly, some malicious version of the “closet disease” where clothes don’t fit anymore! See he earlier pix where it looked Fine?! Only because I rushed.
- I sewed it on anyway, didn’t re-do it. Oops, anybody else do stuff like folding over the edge you can’t see? The “3rd Hand” sewing tool sits under the left edge of my machine table, helps to rip mistakes. *Bonus below!
- Anybody know what this funny-looking press tool is? I love mine, use it often!
- The seam allowances are trimmed, staggered snips.
- Final pressing, should have been under-stitched, but I didn’t, hoping it’ll be okay under the collar.