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Sewing a Facing to a Sleeveless Bodice

Today’s blog guest is Nikki from Bubby & Me.  She’s sharing with us a cool method for Sewing a Facing to a Sleeveless Bodice.  She uses this method in the Penny Dress pattern that she contributed to Issue 6 but even if you’re not sewing a Penny Dress, it’s a nifty trick to have in your sewing toolbox!

Nikki designer Bubby @ Me

When I was first designing the Penny Dress I wanted to include little ruffles on the shoulders rather than sleeves.  I also wanted to have facing for the bodice instead of using bias binding for the neckline and armholes, but the method I knew of to sew facing (or lining) into a sleeveless dress called for the shoulder seams to be sewn AFTER the facing was attached and this would not allow for the ruffles to be included.

I was then shown a way to do this, that at first, was quite tricky to get my head around, but once I did it slowly it was like a light bulb moment.  Something that seemed impossible was actually quite simple.

It’s a technique that can be difficult to understand through pictures and text so I created a short YouTube video to actually show you how to do this.

I really hope you find this technique useful for other patterns, not just the Penny!

Looking for some Penny Dress inspiration? Check out these sweet dresses!
If you’ve got a Penny Dress to share be sure to show us in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on Facebook!

Picture You can purchase Nikki’s pattern for the Penny Dress as a single pattern HERE 
or visit Nikki’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 6 which contains this pattern HERE


2 Comments to “Sewing a Facing to a Sleeveless Bodice”

  1. tammy 13/02/2017 at 11:50 pm

    Tutorial was SO helpful! TYSVM!

    • Jen Kennedy 13/02/2017 at 11:54 pm

      Yay! So pleased to hear that Tammy! Happy Sewing xJen


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