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Photo to the left shows a fall tweed blazer made with interfacing on collar, bodice front and back.  Photo on the right is iron-on interfacing that was used in the blazer.


Interfacing is an extra layer of material usually placed where the garment need to be doubled or needs extra thickness. it adds stiffness and strength. 

Interfacing is necessary for garment making.  It will not be seen on the garment however, it makes a large difference on how the garment looks, feels, and wears.  If it is not applied correctly, it can ruin the garment. 

Interfacing helps support, control, or produce the shape of a garment. It comes in different weights, to be used on different types of fabric. Light weight interfacing can be included in seams, however, heavier interfacings should be trimmed just inside the fitting line.  The thickness if kept in the seams will give an unprofessional and bulky look to the garment and the seams will not lie flat when pressed.

Interfacing is attached to the wrong side of a garment.  Most interfacings are sewn (basted) on.  In today's dress making and design technology, one can buy iron-on interfacing making it much easier to attach to a garment piece.

You can not see the interfacing on this handmade jacket, however, interfacing was used on the bodice front, top of the bodice back, and the collar.

In this photo the iron-on interfacing is on a Yoke back and front of a skirt pattern. Notice how the interfacing does not go all the way to the edge of the skirt yoke.  This is because, as stated above, we do not want interfacing in the seam allowances.


Interfacing can be found on areas of garments and accessories like:

Bodice of Jackets

Back top bodice of Jackets

Cuffs of Sleeves

Collars of Jackets and Shirts

Where button holes are required


Most handmade purses have one layer of interfacing


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