Do you ever hem and haw indefinitely about what interfacing to use for a project? I’ll confess I usually don’t. I test scraps and decide on the support that I want. Fast decision based on results. Except when I sew with silk.
I interfaced my BLTN blouse with silk organza. The satin silk chiffon I used for the blouse didn’t need a crisp amount of support, so the silk organza worked wonderfully. I like how it made for clean crisp buttonholes. It provides adequate support for the buttons.
I used a double layer of organza in the front facing, extending only to the CF of the facing. I used the same double layer of organza in the collar stand and the collar.
The second layer of organza is stitched to the first down the centre front of each piece.
Each interfacing piece was stitched right sides together with the facings, turned, understitched and pressed. This provided a really nice finish for the inside of the blouse.
What to use for this project was a bit of a conundrum for me. I confess I have this heebie-jeebie thing about fusing unknown gluey kinds of products to silk. I know interfacings are all good and dandy and so much improved from what they used to be eons ago. I also know that fusibles are the most popular interfacings out there.
But I just can’t bring myself to heat up glue to attach interfacing fabric to silk for some unknown reason. I think I’m afraid it will eventually ruin the silk. I mean, what exactly is in the glue, anyway? Is it silk-friendly? So I inevitably create a lot more work when I have a silk project on the go, because I will always use a sew-in interfacing.
Does anyone else have this
problem hesitation to fuse silk? And if you don’t could you please share your experience and reasons with me?