Sunday, 17 October 2010

Inserting Neck Pieces

This is part of the Skill Bite section of the Simplicity Dress 3833 series. If you have missed any of the series please visit the Introduction page, where you will find all of the previous links.

The Neck Piece

This is the neck piece that I stitched together and added the interfacing to, as shown in my previous blog entry Interfacing.



Line up the notches to the notches on the top of the bodice and with the right sides of the fabric together, pin in place.



This is the back view of the neck piece that has been pinned in place.



And the front view.



Using a ⅝ inch seam allowance stitch around the top of the neck piece.


The back view of the neck piece now stitched to the bodice.



And the front view.



Understitch the neck piece, this is to stop the lining rolling over the fabric. A great video can be found on You Tube by Senseabilitypatterns where she explains clearly how to do understitching.


Tuck in the neck piece using your fingers and press with an iron.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Interfacing

This is part of the Skill Bite section of the Simplicity Dress 3833 series. If you have missed any of the series please visit the Introduction page, where you will find all of the previous links.

What is interfacing?

There are two types of interfacing on the market, sew-in and iron-on. I will be mainly working with the iron-on type. Iron-on Interfacing is a type of material which is rough on one side (this contains the glue) and smooth on the other. It is mainly white or black in colour, the white being used for light coloured fabric and the black for darker colours. Interfacing also comes in a variety of thicknesses. As a rule, the lighter weight is used for delicate fabric and the heavier weight for heavier fabric. When buying interfacing it will be found on rolls and sold by the metre or yard in your local fabric store.

Why use Interfacing?

If you look at your clothes in more details you will feel where interfacing is used. Its to strengthen button holes, make collars and cuffs stiffer and used anywhere to add body to a garment.

Using Interfacing

For my Simplicity Dress I needed to use interfacing for the neck pieces.


Firstly I cut out the amount required using the pattern template. Then I put the interfacing on top of the fabric pieces.


This pattern piece is the front of the neck.

Using a hot iron and a pressing cloth I fused the interfacing to the fabric.



I repeated this process for the back pieces of the neck.



I attached the back pieces to the front of the neck using a 1/4” seam allowance.


I pressed open the seams using a hot iron.


I measured a 1/4” seam allowance on the pieces and stitched the sides together.



The markings made it easier for me to follow when I came to sewing.


This is the finished piece.


In my next blog entry I will explain how I inserted this piece into the neck on the garment.