+ Very Simple neckline facing tutorial

I’ve wanted to make this video forever now, and hopefully you guys aren’t too picky about quality, because I made it myself. I have never shown how to make a perfect looking neckline with facing before! So, here you go, if you were wondering what one of the many proper ways to finish your neckline, here it is. Very easy, and simple. I know in the video and the pictures below it shows me making it on a dress form, but you can do the same on a table. Both ways work.

Continue below for more complete step by step picture instructions too!


1. Stick piece over and pin (I pin right at neckline so I know where to cut it out)

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2.Cut out new piece to mimic neckline, making it 1″ wide at least. Do this on front and back.
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3. Join the front and back pieces by sewing the ends together.Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.06.23 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.07.05 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.08.10 AM


4. Repin the facing piece to the collar, RST (front side of shirt and front side of neckline). If you want it to look extra nice, serge or zig-zag stitch the outer edge of the entire facing to prevent fraying.

5. Sew the edge of the facing/neckline together about 1/4″ down from top edge. Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.08.53 AM


6. Cut notches into the seam allowance so when flipped under it is nice and flat.Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.10.05 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.10.24 AM


7. Fold inside and pin. Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.11.33 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.12.25 AM


8. Sew topstitch about 1/4″ – 1/2″ down Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.19.11 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.19.38 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.20.34 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-02 at 9.27.20 AM




  1. LOVE this! Great video & tutorial. Thank you for sharing! Did you use a pattern for the actual shirt or make it up yourself? It’s absolutely adorable!! I need to make one and also use this great tutorial to finish it off!

  2. Nice, luv it, thanks :-) :-)

  3. It is so nice to see your work in real time. It makes so much more sense. Thanks for sharing!

  4. nice top, i like the fabric you chose!! cool video


  5. love, love this. simple & straight to the point! <3 i've been wanting to try this! i need to try this! thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Love this! Thanks so much – just a quick question – when I do it on knits, it ends up looking stretched and sometimes curls over and its not neat at all. Any tips?

  7. Quick question – how do you decide when to use a facing, when to use a binding and when to just turn it under and hem?

  8. Thank you for this tutorial!

  9. Patti Benton says:

    I was always taught to understitch the neckline facing?? Does anyone else understitch????

    • Under-stitching is great! I just simplify all my tutorials….probably not the most perfect result, but the quickest! Which is what I go for most of the time.

  10. Roxanne says:

    Brilliant and I love the color and fabric! You look wonderful in pink!!

  11. Another wonderful tutorial! Thank you for all you give us struggling seamSTRESSers!!

  12. This is seriously so helpful. Thank you!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing! This looks easier (and less frustrating) way to finish a neckline.

  14. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I’d love to try it :)


  15. Patti, I am with you and under-stitching. I do it all the time because I think it helps to keep the facing on the inside. Of course if top-stitching is used, it will hold things in place.

    • I love understitching as well, but I just try to be quick so I jump right into the topstitch. I’m one of those seamstresses that cut corners and their projects aren’t as pretty as others. But at least it gets done within nap time!

  16. Thank you so much for this video! I totally needed that and I had no idea how easy it is to do. Love the shirt too, super cute and fun for spring!

  17. You have such a great blog. Your creativity and skills inspire me to sew more (not enough time in the day). I don’t see your dress form in a lot of posts and wonder: do you use your dress form often? where do you find one that fits your measurements?
    Thanks and keep sharing!

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  19. Wow you’re like guerilla sewing. No using up paper drawing patterns. Just do it raw. Love it.

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