Sunday, 3 October 2010


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.

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