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« on: June 29, 2010 10:05:31 PM »

Anyone have any alternatives/suggestions to interfacing?  Pellon and I don't get along, and I need to figure out what to for a dress bodice.
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010 11:49:17 PM »

I am glad you asked this as my existence would be much happier in a universe minus Pellon. I have searched and searched, but there does not seem to be any real alternative - or at least one that Google can inform me of. Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010 03:35:53 AM »

Oh, but there are alternatives!

You can use any piece of fabric you want and sew it it to the piece that needs the interfacing.

Typically, I would use either a piece of fabric from the same fabric I'm making the garment out of, or I might use voile or muslin. In any case, if you plan to wash the garment with water after it's sewn, then you'll want to prewash/dry whatever fabric you want to use as interfacing under the same conditions - temperature and so on.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010 04:57:17 AM »

True, you could add fabric which would make it thicker, but the point of interfacing is to add stiffness. Just adding fabric will not accomplish this.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010 06:43:17 AM »

It actually depends on the fabric you're using, and the weight of interfacing you need.  Lots of people use canvas or denim in lieu of heavy interfacing.  I've also heard of using organza (or taffeta, maybe?) for lighter-weight interfacing.  I've personally used twill and quilting cotton (ironically, the twill was to interface quilting cotton...the quilting cotton was to interface rayon challis), and it works great.  You just treat it like any other sew-in interfacing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010 08:56:44 AM »

Or, if it's the whole sew-in thing that messes you up, you can sub the iron-in stuff.  Then it doesn't shift.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2010 02:42:21 PM »

LMAshton and Aislynn are right. Before modern commercial interfacings were invented, people used regular fabric to interface. Tailors may have had some special materials, but the ordinary woman making herself a dress would probably have used a piece of old or scrap fabric.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010 05:47:16 PM »

cool! ta, all!
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