4016 Neck Facing 1

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.

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  • 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.
Now onto the bias bands, front panel and finishing up. Parade pix, too! 🙂
*Bonus– The 3rd Hand is called the “Sewing Bird” in one of my favorite books, The Mary Frances Sewing Book, Adventures Among the Thimble People, by Jane Eayre Fryer. I found a first edition in a New Orleans bookstore, where I was looking for an L. Frank Baum book, The Enchanted Island of Yew, for my mom. The Sewing Bird is the little girl’s first friend in her gramma’s sewing room. I love this book! That New Orleans bookstore wanted $300 for it, out of my reach. But I have felt selfishly heartsick for that little bookstore, haven’t been back since (before Katrina).

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