Neckline Facing Pattern Making Tutorial

Creating a custom neckline is great, but how do we get rid of the raw edges around the neck and armhole, once we’ve made the garment? It’s simple, we add a neckline facing to the inside of our garment. Neckline facings are usually cut from the same fabric as the rest of the garment. The neckline facing pattern is created by tracing parts of the existing basic block. This creates a brand new set of pattern pieces, that match the existing block. Check out our neckline facing pattern making tutorial and learn how to create a neckline facing for your custom neckline.

Basic Block/ Sloper Elements

You do not need to draft any specific basic block to follow this tutorial. This technique of adding a facing can be applied to pretty much any neckline. Why not have a go with some of your existing basic blocks or custom necklines? If you haven’t already adapted your digital basic block to feature a custom neckline, why not watch one of our neckline tutorials?


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  1. Laurie B Elitzik

    Do you need to work in adobe to do this tutorial?

    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Laurie, thanks for your comment.

      Not necessarily! You can always apply the same adaptations and changes to your basic block manually or on a paper pattern. The process used to adapt the basic block is essentially the same.

  2. Anum Naveed

    love it

  3. Pippa

    Hi, will you be posting a video to show how to draft the facings? The one posted, which is excellent just shows how to alter the neckline.

    And thank you very much for your generosity in sharing all this.

    • Ralph Pink

      HI Pippa,
      I believe you’re the first person to comment on our entire site… So thank you for commenting!
      Also, thank you for mentioning the clear error with video. It seems I must have mixed up the feed somewhere. Luckily it’s now been fixed.

      Thanks again


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