Interfacing - The Secret Behind the Perfect Handmade Spring Jacket

Category: Fashion Accessories

Inside of every handmade jacket is a secret to its success.  That secret? It’s interfacing! The right interfacing makes a world of difference when it comes to creating the perfect jacket.  With just enough strength to stabilize the fabric but not so much that it becomes overly stiff, Stabilize interfacing is the key to the success of a spring jacket.

What you need to make this project

Materials
Yard of Stabilize Interfacing
Spring Jacket Pattern such as the Marmalade from Waffle Patterns
Supplies
Standard Sewing Supplies
Iron and Ironing Board

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Stabilize Interfacing 20″ Wide X 20 Yard Roll

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Instructions

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Step One

Handmade garments require interfacing in order to strengthen areas that will receive stress and those that require stability so they don’t droop over time.  This includes any area with snaps or buttons and collars and hem bands.  For a spring jacket, like the Marmalade jacket from Waffle Patterns that I used, that describes a lot of areas that require interfacing.  And, it’s imperative to apply it to all areas!

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Step Two

For this jacket, Stablize interfacing was used on the hem, collar, and front band. Stabilize provides good stability, hence the name, but is also lightweight and flexible after it is fused.  Perfect for a jacket that will be worn a good deal.

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Step Three

Start by fusing interfacing to all the required areas.  It’s so tempting to skip this step but it’s really important.  You don’t want to spend tens of hours creating something only to have the button snap wear so much it rips the fabric after just a few outings.

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Step Four

To get the interfacing to adhere, heat up an iron to medium-high. Place the interfacing with the bumpy side up and set the wrong side of the fabric on top of it. The wrong side of the fabric should be touching the bumpy part of the interfacing.  Press down on the iron firm with a heavy hand, moving it slowly and steadily. Make sure to cover the entire area of the fabric.  Check that the interfacing has completely adhered by lifting up the item; if the interfacing is stuck to the fabric you are good!

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Step Five

Repeat for all the necessary pattern pieces.  Tip: Once you have interfacing attached to all the correct pattern pieces, you can draw any necessary notch marks or button placement marks with a washable marker.  It makes it very visible and yet not noticeable on the finished product.

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Step Six

Now your pattern pieces are all prepared to be sewn up into a beautiful jacket.  Throw on those metal snaps and buttons without a worry.

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Step Seven

Wear that jacket without worrying that life’s adventures will take a toll. Your interfacing ninja skills give you piece of mind that your jacket can take everything you’ve got to give!