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Date: 10/7/09 2:55 PM

I'm getting ready to sew up my daughter's Halloween costume (Simplicity 2525) and it calls for canvas being used as the 'interfacing' (I thought interlining would be a better term, but that's not the point) for the jacket and vest. Has anyone ever heard of using this before? I'm concerned that it's going to be too heavy and stiff, what's your thoughts? Anyone have a suggestion for a replacement if this isn't recommended?

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Date: 10/7/09 5:39 PM

How old is the pattern? It sounds like maybe they are referring to haircanvas, but that does seem like overkill in a children's costume. Do the instructions call for padstitching the lapels?

Haircanvas interfacing comes in a variety of weights. You can substitute any sew-in interfacing. Probably a fusible, for that matter.

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Date: 10/7/09 6:37 PM

Alot of the Amy Butler purse patterns use canvas for the interfacing. I can never find any at Joanns, but they carry cotton 'drill' cloth another utilitarian fabric and I've used it, and it works great.

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Date: 10/7/09 7:21 PM

Stacy, looking at the pattern I have to agree with Tom. I'd say they are referring to haircanvas or some other stiff, sew-in interfacing. 2.25yds is a lot, so I'd say it is to give the entire jacket and vest a "stiff" appearance. Give it support so the jacket tails really stand out and the collar stands up. To make the costume kind of stand on it's own. There may also be some in the top of the puffed sleeve. Hard to tell without reading the actual instructions. The recommended fabrics seem more "soft", especially the velvet, so it's probably to help "support" the fabric, IYKWIM.

As it's a costume I'd be inclined to use a stiff fabric without much drape, or you could use a heavier fusible interfacing. Or ignore the directions all together and forget interfacing the entire jacket. It really depends on your main fabric choice and the look you are after. HTH

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Date: 10/7/09 8:16 PM

I am working on two versions of this pattern right now. I will be using a medium to heavy interfacing on the collar of one jacket so it stands but will not interface the full body the jackets. I am using knits and want to retain some stretch in case they need to be worn over layers. I will only interface the pointy details to make sure they retain their shape.

I will use heavy interfacing on both hats. They will be made of the same fabric but don't need to stretch but do need to stand on their own. I will not be interfacing the vests at all. The lining will help hold the pointy detail.

I don't think these changes take away from the pattern look. It really depends on the fabric choices.

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Date: 10/7/09 11:24 PM

Thanks so much everyone! I read through the directions and I really think they expect you to use fabric canvas! I just can't imagine what it's going to feel like as a jacket (I've used it with some bag patterns, but at least you don't have to wear it)....

Unfortunately, my daughter selected a super flimsy panne for the jacket and a novelty cotton for the lining, so it's really going to sag without a heavier interfacing. I think I'll head out to the store to see what I can find that might work.

I can't wait to see your version of this pattern! Ilike the idea of a knit - it's going to be so comfortable to wear!

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