Faron Hack // Side Zip

Today we’re sharing a fun and super easy way to switch up your Faron for a slightly different effect. Sandra whipped up a Faron that is cut on the fold at the front (eliminating the center front seam), and has an invisible zipper at the side, rather than an separating zipper along the front, all with just one small pattern change!


The Hack:

  1. Trace a copy of your center front pattern piece (#1) and front facing pattern piece (#5).

  2. On each piece, trim 5/8” from the edge of the center front (CF).

  3. Both of these pieces should be cut on the fold of the fabric. All other pieces can be cut as normal.


Construction Tips:

  1. Sew the princess seams as instructed, but skip sewing the center back (CB) seam. After sewing the shoulder seams, finish the sewn edges, but then skip the zipper installation and go straight to attaching the facings. The back seam and both side seams should not be sewn at this point.

  2. When turning the facing right side out, lay the garment flat, but instead of reaching between the back jumper and back facing, reach up through the front of the garment and pull the back pieces through.

  3. Pin and sew the center back seam, and then the right side seam, once the facing has been understitched.

  4. On the left side of the garment, attach an invisible zipper from the left underarm seam to the hip. Sew the left side seam from hem to where the invisible zipper stops.

  5. Tuck zipper end in under facing, and hand stitch facing to zipper.

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Sandra made this side-zip hacked Faron in a Rifle Paper Co rayon fabric. She took 3” out of the torso (she’s 5’1” and claims she has no torso to speak of), graded from a 16 in the bust to 18 in the waist and hips, and did a square shoulder adjustment. Paired with a lightweight button up or a t-shirt, or even worn on its own, this is a great combination for warmer weather!

(Is it spring yet?)

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What Faron hacks are on your list to try?

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Faron // fabric ideas

We had so much fun choosing fabrics for our Faron samples, and wanted to share some of the fabrics we used, and a couple still on our list to sew up!



Is there anything more luscious than an amazing piece of wool? We like to steam-shrink with an iron before cutting out the pieces, but make sure you test a swatch first!

Find this fabric here (414 - grey & natural herringbone).


We love corduroy for the Faron jumper! Just make sure to remember it has nap and you may need to deviate from the cutting instructions to ensure all pieces are cut in the right direction!

Find this fabric here.



Linen would be a great fabric to sew a Faron for summer. It’s breathable, easy to clean, and has amazing drape. A linen Faron would be so cute over a summery tee or tank top.

Find this fabric here.


We love the idea of a Faron with slightly more give. You’ll want to find a fairly stable medium to heavy weight ponte, and you might even size down a bit for less ease.

Find this fabric here.

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A denim Faron is definitely on our sewing list. We recommend using something similar to the weight you’d want for jeans to ensure enough body in the garment. Also, depending on the wash, you may have to pre-wash a couple times to get all the extra dye out!

Find this fabric here.

What fabrics are you planning to use for your Farons?

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