I’m making the wrap top from March 2012 (current) Burda mag, 121B. The front edges have self facings but for the back edge it says :
“fold facing strip lengthwise, right side facing out. Pin folded facing to back neck edge so that the fold edge of strip lies on garment piece 1cm past seam line. Stitch along marked neck edge. Turn the facing strip to the inside and press edge. Top stitch 7mm from neck edge” Then you stitch the shoulder seams.
Does anyone know of a link with images (or can explain) how I lay the facing strip? I’ve tried pinning it to the right side of the fabric with the folded edge pointing down and the raw edge 1/2cm away from the raw edge of the neckline so that when I stitch it in place with my 1.5cm seam allowance, 1cm of the facing strip extends below that seam line but when I try to turn it to the inside, the folded edge sticks up a bit like a mandarin collar. I can fold it right the way over but then to do the top stitching it’s going to look too thick/bulky there as it would be sewing through the 2 layers of the folded edge, 2 layers of raw edge and the raw edge of the neckline. Plus the raw edges extend beyond the folded edge and are visible which can’t be right.
Should the facing strip be pinned to the right side of the garment piece but with the folded edge pointing upwards? For some reason i just can’t work out where I’m going wrong and I don’t want to unpick it again as I’d already messed up by overlocking the raw edges of the neckline and facing strips together and trying to work it that way. I’ll end up ruining the fabric if I sew and unpick too often.
Not hit problems like this before and it seems weird as I’m sure with facings I’ve always sewn the shoulder seams together before attaching them. :-(
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