Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Importance of Interfacing and the Magic Pattern Book

 Today I have a new sewing project featuring Amy Barickman’s The Magic Pattern Book.
I wanted to talk today about the importance of using interfacing in your projects.  I used the Cecelia Dress.  The premise of the book is to take 6 base patterns and change them up to create numerous styles and garments.  My friend made the shirt version along with me and it came out great!

Start with the Cecelia Dress Pattern….please know interfacing is not called out to be used for this pattern.  I however know what using it can provide to my finished garment, so I chose to add it.  I used Light Weight Heat N Bond® Fusible Interfacing on the pocket, the sash and the cuffs of my sleeve.  The purpose of interfacing is to provide structure.  It helps keep the shape of the pattern piece you use it on.  It also helps the fabric from pulling and puckering. I’ve gotten in the habit of using it on all large pockets.  I knew I wanted this large pocket to hold my gigantic smart phone.  After several hours of wear I didn’t want the pocket to be stretched out and droopy.  With interfacing it holds it’s shape and my phone beautifully.
When using HeatnBond®  interfacing on a sash I recommend placing the interfacing on only one side of the fabric.  Otherwise it will be too thick and bulky.
I have no fancy photos of myself or anything, but I do have a SELFIE!  Which I figured I would share anyway.  I wanted you to see after 12 hours of wear how the dress looked at the end of the day. Check out that pocket!  If you are a beginner I highly recommend this book.  It has a lot of great information and the patterns are great.  If you are a full bust gal I suggest you watch a video on how to do a full bust adjustment. It will make fitting your garment much easier!

Supplies Used:  
Fabric by Allison Glass

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