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Posted on: 2/25/10 4:33 PM
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I am making a coat with a loose woven acrylic fabric. It seems it will bag in the butt; any suggestions for how to make this not happen? Also, This is the first thing I've tailored; I am using hair canvas for the interface. Do I use two layers of hair canvas on the upper front area; if I use basting to put it together do I do that with the hair canvas and then just baste the canvas to the fabric at the seam allowance? Any help is appreciated!

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kristie jean said... (2/28/10 9:36 PM) Reply
Hi, first of all I would suggest if this is your first tailoring project its a good idea to make a sample out of somthing your not worried about so you can make any changes to the fit and design. How do you know its going to bag in the seat? The other really important aspect is your fabric selection suitable for your pattern selection? I would suggest somthing more stable for your first project, as with tailoring there is alot of pressing and steaming for shaping.As far as the horse hair canvas it is used as the third layer after the underlining. They get basted before your seams are sewn together. The main thing to consider is your underling compatible with your fabric. The interfacing is the third layer; it provides support and shape their available in woven and nonwoven, generally awoven is recommened for well tailored garments. Hope this helps, kgcouture
candyo said... (2/28/10 9:54 AM) Reply
This section is for tips; please post this on the message board.
Rhoda K said... (2/26/10 9:58 AM) Reply
You may want to post this question on the message board under ''sewing techniques and tips''. You may get more help there. Good luck.
vasallese said... (2/26/10 9:44 AM) Reply
Look up Kenneth King. He is the first person I ever heard mention hair canvas for coats or jackets.
nancy2001 said... (2/25/10 6:31 PM) Reply
If you are using a loosely woven fabric you might want to think about interfacing the entire body of the coat with a lightweight fusibile knit interfacing. I don't use hair canvas so I can't tell anything about that. You might want to buy a copy of Singer's classic book called tailoring. You can find it used on ebay for less than a dollar.
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