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Date: 9/10/13 10:54 AM

I scored some adorably cute Liberty Lawn on sale:


I'm making pajamas; I made the pants already and am making the top from a BurdaStyle blouse (04-2012-116)


The Burda instructions call for some fusible interfacing, as well as most other patterns I've looked at. The thing is already cut so there's no going back at this point.

I'm hesitant to use a fusible because most of them are kind of icky, and it's pretty Liberty lawn! I don't want to make the collar or the front band too stiff.

I'm thinking I could use another layer of the lawn as interfacing (which I have enough of), but am wondering if that would hold up to buttonholes. Another thought was to use some silk organza, but I'm worried that might make it too stiff.

What would you use to interface Liberty Lawn pajamas?

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Date: 9/10/13 12:02 PM

My first choice would be to use self fabric, like you've thought of. The print may show through however, but then you could use a solid color, like the white (as in the print) in either voile or lawn. My next choice would be cotton batiste. Organdy would be a little stiff, I think, but it's also a choice you could try. I would definitely test these out to see which I liked best.

I'm sure it would be fine to use a super light weight fusible, but I agree with you that it would be nicer not to.

Edited to add: to reinforce just at the buttonholes (also where you will be sewing buttons on the other side) you could add an extra layer of small squares of fabric or fuse small squares of interfacing to your self-fabric interfacing. Hope that makes sense.



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Date: 9/10/13 12:05 PM

I'm in the middle of making a blouse out of some LOL Tana Lawn, and I'm using silk organza for interfacing. Doesn't make it stiff; wash it before using. Perfect for buttonholes.

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Date: 9/11/13 8:21 AM

Do you think that silk organza would hold up to all the washing pajamas get?

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Date: 9/11/13 11:01 AM

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Do you think that silk organza would hold up to all the washing pajamas get?

It should, but if you don't feel comfortable with silk organza (which usually has to be purchased online), then some cotton batiste will do nicely.
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Date: 9/12/13 1:24 AM

I'd do batiste instead of fusible. I think fusible would be too stuff and not as pretty - gotta be nice to liberty! I agree that you should add small squares of interfacing for each buttonhole to give it some stabilization.

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Date: 9/12/13 2:41 AM

Yes, I would interface Liberty's lawn, but with a woven - not a fusible - interfacing. For a collar, I would use quite a stiff weight and something lighter for the front band of a blouse or pyjamas. You could alternatively interface with the same fabric if you have enough of it, but its design might show through if there is a lot of white or off-white background, so I think using interfacing is a better idea.
Fusible interfacing is a problem because if ironed with a very hot iron, it can shrink so that the interfaced pattern piece also shrinks and hence will not fit into place as it ought (e.g. a collar). Second, it can also bubble later.
A woven interfacing avoids those problems. It has to be stitched into place but the extra effort is worthwhile.
I can't comment on organza because I haven't used it.
Remember that any interfacing will soften after a couple of washes.

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Date: 9/12/13 10:37 AM

There is a lot of white in the print, but it doesn't seem to have a lot of show through. It's also a small print so I don't think any show through would be very noticeable.

I think I'll go with using my stashed silk organza for the interfacing on this project.

Thank you for all of your input! I found it very helpful! (It's so amazing how many ways one could accomplish the same thing on a simple project!)

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Date: 9/14/13 11:22 AM

There are often many ways to do most things in sewing. It might be confusing or overwhelming for some to have multiple answers to a question, but I love the cumulative knowledge and experience to be found on these boards.

Anyway, enjoy sewing up your beautiful fabric!

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Date: 9/14/13 4:17 PM

The only fusibles I use are the ones that Pam Erny sells Fashion Sewing Supply

But, you can use self fabric or cotton batiste or plain cotton lawn. I learned to sew before fusibles and you just baste it in. The facing edge can be clean finished by sewing right sides together at the outside edge in a 1/4" seam and turned press and baste the open edge before attaching it to the outer garment. You are talking pj's here, so I wouldn't want anything too stiff. If I were using a fusible I'd use Pam's Pro Sheer Elegance

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