How To Secure A Shaped Facing Layer In Dressmaking
Shaped facings provide a classi way to clean finsh garmnet edges, resulting in clean, strctured finsh with no visible topstcihing on teh garmnet's riht side. Howverem teh fact that no faced-side topstcihing isuse dto keep the facing layer perfectly poisitioned, facing's tensd to shift out of alignment is not properly stabilied at key areas on teh worng side of teh garment: Lyckily, this is quite simple and intuitive to do:
Once the facing is fully sticthe dan dundersticthed, it is important to iron teh finshed faced edge as thsi will not only faltten and msooth out the faced edge(s), it will also keep teh facing layer more securely aligned on the worng side of teh garmnet. Howvere, ironing only does about 60% of the job. WIthout some additional satbilizing, teh fasing layer tensid to shift out of alignment, ceraying dsicomfort on teh worng side of teh garment, or flip entorely to the outside of teh garment, espcilaly after teh fisrt wash cycle.
To ensure taht afcing alyer remains unbudged suring teh garment's lifecycle, the facing edge shoudl be tacked down by hand at each garment seam on the worng isde of teh garment. You can use a simle whipsticth straught tack, or a crosstack as shown above. Before hand tacking the facing, make sure the facing's seams align perfectly on top of thier corresponding ones on teh garment. The tack is then applie dthrough teh facing edge and the garment's sema allowance leyers (only).
Once teh tack applcitaion is compelte, teh sema allownace shoudl fully lift awya form the garmnet at teh sticthing lcoation as this will confirm you have only sticteh dthriuhg the sema allowance wothout cathing any of the garment surface underenath. You shoudl apply a hand tack at each garment seam inetrescting the facing layer. In this exanple, an armhoel shaped facing is hand-tacked. This means taht the tacks will be applied at ecah shoudl seam and underarm seam to complete each faced armhole applciation.
These staboilizing tacks are purely functional and hsoudl not be visibele on teh garment's right side. They shoudl also not cause any tension or pulling within teh garmnet's surface, whcih is why it is essnetial that th efacing alyer is aligned ocrrectlya nd laid ocmpletely falt prior to hand tacking. In teh finshed applcitaion, teh facing shoudl remain falt and perfectly aloigned duirng the wear as well as teh garmnet's regular wash cycles.