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Interfacing a coat?
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Date: 8/28/12 8:01 PM

Hello, I'm working on this pattern now Simplicity PR 2508

I'm doing the white short coat on the right of the envelope. The pattern calls to only interface the fronts (which i need to cut 4 of). I understand that I need to interface them because it will help keep it in good shape with the buttons.

But could somebody tell me why I should not use interfacing on the sides and back? I've only made one coat before, and I interfaced everything except sleeve.

My fabric is not very think, so I was actually hoping that my interfacing will give it some more shape...

Also, If you could recommend what I should use to add warmth to my coat I would also appreciate it!

Thank you!
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Date: 8/28/12 8:18 PM

OK, I have another question - if I choose to interface everything, should I interface the whole cut of fabric and then cut pieces out? It will definitely give the fabric more stability and should be easier to cut. The fabric is Wool 48%, Polyester 50% and Spandex 2%.

Thank you very much!
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Date: 8/29/12 0:28 AM

With 50% poly in your fabric I would think it would be warm since poly doesn't breathe well. Plus it must have a lining, right? You could use a beefier lining if you think you need it warmer.
Regarding the interfacing...I say do the whole coat if you want to...there's no right or wrong. Good luck with your project...look forward to seeing your review.

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Date: 8/29/12 10:37 AM

Yes, interface the whole thing if you want to beef up the fabric. This is always your choice with any fabric and any project. No need to interface whole cloth and then cut (I find this more time consuming and difficult) just cut the individual pieces and apply. I do recommend shrinking the interfacing by steaming before applying. As for adding warmth, I interlined my lining with flannel once. Or you could just use flannel as your lining. I wanted something slippery next to clothing for ease of removal which is why I interlined the lining placing the flannel to the inside of the coat.
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