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Date: 4/9/13 3:11 PM

Hi everyone--I'm about to make Simplicity 4927, a girl's dress. I'm going to do the sleeveless version.

Simplicity 4927

The fabric is cotton (I think 100%) seersucker. I'd say it's kind of medium weight.

The neck is finished with facing pieces. The instructions say to interface those pieces too. Is that necessary? If yes, what product do I buy for that? Will it be stiff and scratchy then? What's the purpose of the interfacing? What would happen if I skip it?

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Date: 4/9/13 3:17 PM

Yes, interface them. It will help them keep their shape. My preferred interfacing is Pro-Sheer Elegance from Fashion Sewing Supply. It is very lightweight, flexible, and does not add stiffness to the fabric.

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Date: 4/9/13 3:17 PM

I think the neckline will hold up better, and look better longer, if it's interfaced. Just helps support that area. Google "interfacing purpose" and read all about it.... Since it will be on the inside of the facing, it shouldn't affect the feel much. There are some softer knit interfacings you could buy a small amount of and test to see if you like the feel.

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Date: 4/9/13 3:19 PM

from an on-line publication:

The purpose of interfacing is to:

stabilize fabric preventing stretching and
sagging

customize seams

reinforce areas

support facings and/or garment
details

stabilize necklines and waistbands.

soften edges

give smooth, firm body

provide shape to areas such as
shoulders, hems, collars and cuffs

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Date: 4/9/13 3:24 PM

Many, many years ago the garment fabric was used as interfacing. This was long before such products were available.

Now, stores that sell fabric have many weights to choose from.

Not sure an iron-on would work well with seersucker.

Purchase a bit of this and that and then test on the project fabric to see which you like.

Most interfacing comes as a bolt. and you can purchase as little as you like. Make sure the clerk gives you the instructions that are wrapped within the bolt.

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Date: 4/9/13 3:30 PM

I just used fusible interfacing for a seersucker blouse. The trick is to put it on the under collar and the facings, not on the outer garment. It looks fine.

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Date: 4/9/13 3:38 PM

Thanks everyone. I think I understand it now.

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Date: 4/9/13 5:08 PM

How about doing a "faced facing"? Seersucker probably won't take a fusible facing very well. But you can cut a second facing piece from the pattern, using something light weight like poly cotton broadcloth. Then put the seersucker facing and the matching broadcloth pieces right sides together. Stitch the outer edge only and turn right sides out. This finishes the outer edge of the facing very nicely, as well as acting as an interfacing. Then baste the raw edges of the facing/interfacing piece together before attaching to the neckline or armhole. I have used scraps of plain cheap poly cotton for this purpose. The polyester content helps keep the facing smooth, reducing the need to iron the dress.

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