Beautiful fabrics and snazzy trims often get all of the attention, but the “behind-the-scenes” workhorse — interfacing — makes a big difference in how a finished garment looks.
I’ve learned that choosing the appropriate interfacing for a project is worth the extra time and effort. Its purpose is to provide stability to certain areas of a garment, such as the collar, necklines, cuffs, etc., but depending on the type you choose, the “hand” or “drape” of the fabric can be altered, which completely changes your finished product — not in a good way.
In the photo above, I used two types of fusible interfacing. There’s the shiny type on the top sample, which is interfacing that is widely available at chain fabric stores. I’ve used this type of interfacing for years on many types of fabrics — always thought all fusibles were the same.
Well, I was wrong. I recently discovered a new interfacing — the bottom sample uses more of a matte interfacing that is much nicer than the shiny stuff. It is from Fashion Sewing Supply, which is a great online resource for quality interfacing. It’s hard to see in the photo, but when you fuse the interfacing, it feels like a natural part of the garment fabric — not a synthetic-feeling add-on. What a difference!
It’s hard to see the difference in a photo, as it’s more about how the resulting fabric feels, so if you have the chance, test out a new interfacing to see if it makes a difference in your sewing!