Interfacing is an essential part of garment construction. Using the correct type of interfacing in the right areas of the garment makes all the difference in the finished look of a garment.
Why interface fashion fabric?
- to reinforce, shape, support, define, control, and form
- to add body, stability, crispness and strength
Interfacing helps create a professional looking garment while adding longevity to it.
The interfacing chosen should not change the characteristics of the fabric nor should it overwhelm it, but rather it is meant to enhance it. The end result should look crisp and controlled. Always test a sample of the interfacing on a scrap of fabric before using an iron-on type. Test a woven interfacing, feeling all layers of the fabric with interfacings in between.
What types of interfacings are there?
There are three basic types to choose from: woven, non-oven and knit. These are all available as a sew-in or iron-on interfacing. Interfacings may be made from cotton, rayon, wool, polyester, nylon or a blend of fibres.
More types of interfacings and their characteristics:
Woven – Lengthwise and crosswise threads are woven together for strength and stability – best used in wool or linen that has a loose weave and needs more strength in areas such as necklines or pockets
Read more in our Spring 2009 issue.
Article by Jo-Anne Coleman
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