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Date: 9/28/12 11:39 AM

I'm working on McCall's 5974, and the pattern instructions say to apply fusible interfacing to the waistband that attaches the bodice to the skirt. I'm just curious, as this seems counterintuitive - with a knit, it seems like you would want to retain the stretch. Won't interfacing "stiffen" the fabric and eliminate the stretch?

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Date: 9/28/12 11:44 AM

There are interfacings specifically for knit fabrics. Here is some from Joann's.

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Date: 9/28/12 11:44 AM

You need tricot knit interfacing. It is available in black and white. While you can usually find some with the interfacings at Joanns and Hancock Fabrics, you could check any independant shops to see if they carry better brands than Pellon. If you're not in a hurry, you should check Fashion Sewing Supply which carries awesome interfacing for every project imaginable.

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Date: 9/28/12 11:58 AM

Thanks! This dress is coming together really nicely so far, and so I want to make sure I do everything right for the best possible result.

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Date: 9/28/12 3:08 PM

Depending on the stability of the knit you might be able to leave out the interfacing. Or another option would be to sew in elastic instead

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Date: 9/28/12 3:15 PM

Yes, you do need to interface that little bodice band. I've made almost a dozen dresses/tops off this pattern(view A). I have never used a Knit interfacing. I use the fusible stuff from Joanns and Hancocks(the $.99 a yard fusible). You need to keep that area from pulling and stretching, the interfacing does that. If it were allowed to "fall" like a knit is suppose to, it wouldn't hold the shape needed for that area.

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Date: 9/28/12 4:18 PM

Thanks! That makes sense. I did pick up some Tricot interfacing at JoAnn's today. I'll try it out, and if it doesn't seem stable enough I'll use that piece for the facing and use the regular cheapy interfacing on the band.

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