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Date: 8/4/08 11:07 AM

I hope this is the right board to post this on. I'm not a beginner but since I haven't sewn very much clothing until just a few months ago I have a lot of beginner questions, lol.

I want to make a button up blouse with a sheer patterned polyester fabric here if you want to see it - sorry I'm still having trouble figuring out how to just post a link.(http://curlycrafter.blogspot.com/2008/08/334-mini-wardrobe-contest.html)
Anyway, I was wondering what the best type of interfacing is to use in the buttonhole areas and collar? I've only sewn one sheer garment before (a tank top that required no interfacing).

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Date: 8/4/08 11:31 AM

I know JoAnn's sells sheerweight interfacing. You might want to try and find the lightest weight interfacing you can.

The buttonhole and collar areas will have two layers of fabric, so if the interfacing makes the fabric a little less sheer/see-thru, I don't think it'll be very noticeable.

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Date: 8/4/08 11:32 AM

You can always use self-fabric; that is, just cut the interfacing pieces from the same fabric. It sounds like it would work pretty well for your blouse and with the fabric you describe.

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Date: 8/4/08 11:38 AM

Tom, could she also use some water soluble stablizer on the buttonholes along with the fabric?

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Date: 8/4/08 1:12 PM

Silk organza may be used as well.

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Date: 8/4/08 2:16 PM

White silk organza, especially if washed (and ironed, because it will wrinkle), will probably not show. You might also be able to get away with the sheerest cotton or cotton/poly bastiste in white or a natural color (sometimes natural or nude colors show less).

My favorite for this kind of thing, though, is a sew-in called "Sewin' Sheer," a totally see-through woven interfacing. Though it's becoming harder and harder to find, thesewingplace still carries it, as well as the other things I mentioned. Sewin' Sheer is very lightweight, but can even be cut on the bias to make it still more drapey.

BTW, Sewin' Sheer does shrink, so I always soak it in hot water for 20 minutes, air dry it, and then, before storing, hold a steam iron above it for a few seconds to remove that last little bit of shrinkage. I have caught this very nice but very wicked interfacing shrinking even a little more before my eyes as the iron was held over it!

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Date: 8/4/08 4:37 PM

Thank you all for your help! I really appreciate the quick replies and I actually may try a couple differnent types that you suggested since along with the sheer fabric for my contest entry I have a couple of other sheer materials I've been wanting to try.

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Date: 8/4/08 9:30 PM

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Tom, could she also use some water soluble stablizer on the buttonholes along with the fabric?

Of course, but that only helps with marking and fashioning the buttonholes. Once you get the stabilizer out, you won't have anything to hold the buttonholes in their shape.
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Date: 8/4/08 9:47 PM

A nice stabalizer for buttonholes is a strip of no show nylon mesh type commonly called polymesh. Very lightweight and stable without being stiff. Available in fusible or unfusible, black, nude or white

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Date: 8/5/08 7:00 AM

Big Dog, where do you buy your polymesh?

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