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I really need some help, I’m a beginner sewer, almost finished my second pair of shorts using this pattern: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/122011-leather-shorts
Reaching step 7, facings, I do not understand the language or what it is asking me to do. Can someone please explain what I’m supposed to do, in really simple terms :)

I’ve got the back facing piece and front facing piece cut out with interfacing sewn on, with seam allowance of 1.5cm on each edge. Please help :)

Step 7, Facings:
Stitch right side seam of facing, as mirror image of seam on shorts. On narrow edges of facing, turn
allowances to inside, 7 mm (1/4 in) wider than marked, and glue down (glue stick). Lay facing under upper
edge of shorts, wrong sides facing, matching seams. Seam allowance of facing extends past upper edge of
shorts. Stitch ends of facing to zip tapes and to allowances of opening edges, not catching shorts pieces. Glue
facing to upper edge of shorts (glue stick). Topstitch close to upper edge of shorts. Trim away extending
allowance on upper edge of shorts. Sew inside edge of facing to seams and darts.


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    Dec 21, 2013, 04.52 AMby Deanna31

    Ok, its a bit tricky, but here we go.

    Stitch the side seams of the facing together with the narrow waist part all facing one way (exactly the same as the shorts)

    On the waist end of the shorts (which is smaller compared to lower down the facing where the hip is), turn the seam allowance over and glue it down (this is just to keep it in place while you finish the sewing, otherwise it will be really hard).

    Put the shorts inside out and lay the facing round the waist – wrong sides together (the leather facing should be touching your skin when you wear it). Match all the seams and mark where you want the facing to be sewn onto the zip (as I believe they’ve added extra fabric just in case). Then stitch it onto the zip.

    Glue the waist seam allowance of the shorts to the waist seam allowance of the facing (that you have already turned over and glued)

    Then topstitch the waist through all the layers, close to the edge.

    Trim any excess allowances (not sure what they’re talking about here. It could be near the zip)

    Lay the facing onto the shorts so it sits flat and catch the facing to the shorts with a small back tack on the bottom of the facing, on each side seam and dart allowance (on the inside only – not a topstitch through all the layers)

    Hope this is helpful. Let me know if you still have trouble


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