Facings are something that can initially seem quite tricky to sew, particularly if you are a beginner. However, they can add a lot to your garment, both aesthetically and structurally. So, here’s a tutorial that’ll show you how to sew perfect facings every time.
What? Facings are an additional strip of fabric that is applied to the inside of a hem. They can be used to add aesthetic interest but are often also structural. They are often used to support edges that have either buttonholes or eyelets along them. They are also used to prevent curved and/or bias cut edges such as necklines from stretching and deforming with wear. Their use on necklines can also act to protect the underlying fabric from sweat, make-up, etc. Unlike bindings, facings are sewn so that they sit entirely on the wrong side of a garment and cannot be seen from the outside:
|Binding (red) vs. facing (blue) on the edge of a piece of fabric (black), viewed in cross-section.|
The outside of the garment is on the left in both cases.