Ever wonder how to finish the raw edges of the neckline and armholes on a dress with an all-in-one facing? Here's how!

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    Sep 22, 2010, 12.56 PMby Meredith Ploughman

    thank you for this, sometimes it just needs someone to explain it in diagrams

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    Sep 13, 2010, 04.03 PMby macoskrm

    Thanks so much! I had some issues around steps 5 and 6, but I get it now. I’ll definitely use this in the future!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 02.56 PMby vintagefiend

    Thanks so much for this! My Coffee Date Dress (for my mum’s 50th birthday) is looking goood!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 04.37 AMby karenp123

    Thank you so much! Great instructions worked a treat on my dress.

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    Apr 2, 2009, 06.27 AMby sewverytall

    goatsfoot…I checked out your tutorial with photos and those extra photos really helped to explain what was missing here. Good job! :)

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    Jan 7, 2009, 03.46 AMby goatsfoot

    I finally figured out how to do it! Yes! I really couldn’t follow a lot of these instructions at first, so I sat down with a pen and paper and drew lots of diagrams whilst squinting at the screen, until it made sense!! Thanks to the author of this How To!!

    I took photos as I made the yoke, so go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatsfoot/3176654826/ (“azalea bug dress – five”) and follow the series through to “azalea bug dress – seventeen” by following the navigation at the top right of the page. Hopefully it can be a useful supplement to this “How To”.

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      Dec 20, 2009, 11.45 PMby nettie

      Dude!! Thanks!

      It makes loads more sense now.

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    May 11, 2008, 02.01 AMby cfvermeulen

    I did this with my azalea yoke made of tricot. Was a bit hard to figure out first and the stretchy fabric did not help, but the finishing is soooo professional. I could not have done it with hand sewing as the tricot would have just wobbled and stretched in funny places. To fee-fee-fiona: To figure out how to pull trough what in what strap, I first slightly stitched only the outer strap shoulder seam (so not the facing of the strap). Right side to right side, as you would a normal seam. Just a few stitches to attach. Then I pulled the whole thing inside out as explained above. This way I knew exactly which end belonged to which in sewing it closed. [ I think the how-to above might be a bit hard to follow as it is all black and the turning step isn’t shown that clearly. ] I’ll see if I can draw up what I did to help in understanding this. It is really worth it!

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    Apr 25, 2008, 07.40 AMby fee-fee-fiona

    Thanks so much for this! I think i’m being dense but i cant figure out step 5 onwards, i just can’t make any sense of it. I have never made anything like this but i thought it would be easy, it’s just the whole strap bit i’m struggling with. Could anyone help me? or better yet can anyone show me?

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    Dec 6, 2007, 01.22 PMby cheveuxrouge

    Brilliant! I have made several reversible pinafores for my Little and have cursed this step. I knew there had to be a better way! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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    Jul 2, 2007, 11.02 AMby nayantara

    Thanks so much! You have no idea how happy it makes me to see that my How Tos are actually helping other members! :) :) :) I’m beaming….

    Mirela— I’m sure you can do this for a halter top, its just like doing one strap instead of two. Can’t wait to see your halter!

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    Jun 30, 2007, 10.36 PMby lindal

    Very helpful. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Jun 29, 2007, 08.06 PMby katrena

    I really love this technique. Your “How to’s” really make me want to sew more. Your how on dolman (kimono sleeve) has inspired me to make my own patterns. I never really tried until I saw the How to.

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    Jun 29, 2007, 11.28 AMby mirela

    Oh thank you! This is great!

    Could this method be applied for a halter with facing, just like for the shoulder seam, around the neck line in the back? I struggle with that seam always!

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