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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Newbie Q's re. McCall's 4384 ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Newbie Q's re. McCall's 4384
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LorraineinBC
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Date: 9/17/12 8:33 PM

Appreciate any advice here - I'm not totally new to sewing, but I have not done a blouse of any kind before (mostly skirts, dresses, and children's clothing). I'm preparing to sew this pattern in a soft, drapey poly print. I would like to adjust the neckline so it's not so plunging. Can I simply draw a replacement facing instead of the printed one (that won't fit as soon as I mess with the pattern :-D ? Also, for the front facing, could I just double the material instead of adding interfacing? I don't like the fusing kind and I can't see having flappy interfacing Thoughts? sure appreciate your collective help. I really don't want to mess this one up and am hoping to wear it with my new brown skirt (almost done :-) when I go visit my daughter at school in SC next month. Thanks!

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Date: 9/18/12 10:46 AM

Regarding interfacing, you will probably be happier with the result if you use it. You see it even in RTW clothing and you know they wouldn't do anything that added to the cost of manufacturing a garment unless it really added something to the end result. That being said, there are a number of people who don't use it. Even in her blouse patterns, Loes Hinse does not call for interfacing.

It's possible you just haven't found an interfacing product that you like. Palmer and Pletsch make great interfacings that you can order online from them. There are other good brands of fusible and matching interfacing to the project is as important as matching pattern and fabric to get the look you are going for. Other options for non-fusible interfacing are silk organza and cotton batiste. Here's a link to a site that lists many alternatives to fusibles with considerations for deciding on which to use. I'm sure there are many discussions on the threads here as well.

Yes, you can absolutely re-draw your facing piece to match your re-drawn front piece. Why, oh why do we need to do this on every cross-over style to get a modicum of modesty?

Good luck with your blouse!

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Date: 9/18/12 8:06 PM

Thanks Kelly! I did check out the links and have taken your advice and got a bit of cotton batiste and will use that for two versions of the blouse. I am going to try my hand at reducing the 'plunge' of the blouse tomorrow! Modesty woes are the main reason I'm starting to sew more - I just can't find much that doesn't have the sleeze effect Thanks again!

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