Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A to Z 2012 - I

Join me as I blog my way through April - A to Z!
This month, you'll learn about those funny little
sewing terms...as defined by Seams Inspired.

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Interfacing is the hidden support system in your garment. After a while, your body gets tired of holding up that jacket or keeping the shirt straight. Interfacing to the rescue! This little bit of fabric props up your garment and gives it some structure where you need or want it. Common placement of interfacing is around necklines, collars, cuffs, and fronts of shirts and coats, as well as the waistbands of skirts and pants.

Psst! Interfacing can be made with actual fabric. You do not need to purchase the specialized polyester/nylon stuff sold pre-packaged or on-the-bolt. If you are making a top or blouse in a soft fabric with natural fibers (cotton), use a soft lawn (also 100% cotton) for the interfacing. Man-made fabrics actually need a pure silk organza for the interfacing. If you try stitching the same man-made fiber for the interfacing, the edges will not lie flat; which brings us to texture of interfacing.

Deciding which interfacing to use is a simple test. Take hold of the edge of the interfacing, and place it into the fold of a piece of your outer fabric. The outer fabric should roll over the interfacing in a soft, gentle appearance. If you see sharp edges and points, choose a different textured interfacing. Just remember:  Soft fabrics = soft interfacings.

One last thing to remember about interfacings...if you alter your pattern, you must also alter the interfacing. I often forget this (especially during those midnight sewing sessions!), and am reduced to tears of frustration when trying to achieve the perfect fit.

Can you see the interfacing
in your RTW (Ready-to-Wear) garments?

If you sew, have you used interfacing in your projects?

Happy Tuesday!

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