Tutorial: one piece neck & sleeveless facing

11sp_skirtFollowing up with last week’s spiral dress challenge, has anyone given any thought as to how the dress can be put on? The neckline is too small to pull over the head so a zipper will be required. Meaning, making a one piece facing to finish off the armholes and neckline of this style just got a little more complicated.

Actually, it’s not that hard. Luckily enough I’ve I’ve done it before and by way of example, have a leather skirt to show you that I designed in the mid 90’s (when I thought I might sell copies of patterns). The skirt is made of pig suede (a proto of course) with 8″ brown fringe. I like blue and brown together. This skirt is really cute on.

Anyway, like our spiral dress, it has an inside facing and zipper closure. The zipper is set at an angle.

Below is a photo of what the zipper looks like. On the left side is the zipper opened from the outside (it can’t be seen at all under the fringe, you never even know it’s there). On the right side is a view of the zipper (opened) from inside the skirt. As you will note, the skirt has a waist facing and is also lined. There is a row of cording between the facing and the lining. The cording isn’t required by any means; it is one of those touches I like to put in my garments (why do people get the idea I make crap?).

But anyway, you can find the tutorial for the all in one facing here. And again, I regret it is gated but it has to be that way for now (until I put out a sewing/pattern book) because other people republish my content without attribution.

Speaking of, I have another article in Threads magazine this month. Yes, the mobius scarf I wrote about back in 2006 (here and here).  And again, with someone else’s name on it. Although I also did see that someone else previously ran with the content and started selling a pattern of it in 2009 which based on the description, I’m sure came from a series of emails I exchanged with someone who obviously misrepresented their intentions (I am too trusting). Which means, I should probably put the pattern out myself. I plan to do that this week and make it available for digital download.

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