Fusible interfacing is so easy to use. Right?
I bought the fusible interfacing for Felicity’s winter coat that I am making in Sherry’s sew-a-long the other day, and the helpful assistant at my local fabric store reminded me to prewash it. Today I pulled out a silk blouse I made last year, and that reminded me what happens when you don’t prewash or treat the fabric or the fusible interfacing in the same way.
You go from this smooth, albeit extravagantly long, cuff….
to this, after just a few washes..
The collar is awful too. Ironing does not help.
Not the nice smooth silk look I was hoping for!
How to stop this happening to you.
Ann from Gorgeous Fabrics has a post about prewashing sew-in interfacing, and prewashing fusible interfacing has been covered by others in blogland too. Using a dryer is not recommended for fusible interfacing……
Other bloggers* have recommended blasting with lots and lots of steam just a few cm above the interfacing when it is placed on top of the fabric just before lowering the iron and fusing. I’ve used this technique and, so far so good, but it’s a bit hard to be sure the steaming is enough to shrink the interfacing and prevent it shrinking upon further washing.* I’m cross I can’t seem to find any of these posts to link to, but I’ll be crosser if I don’t get back to my sewing machine soon so I’ve stopped looking for them…
I have learnt my lesson. Five metres of fusible woven interfacing has been through the washing machine and is now enjoying late afternoon sun.
What pattern is this (ruined) blouse anyway?
This is a franken-pattern.
I had made the sleeveless blouse previously and liked it, apart from the gathers on the bodice being a bit low. So, for this version, I moved the gathers up so that the gathers were more in line with my bust than my belly button. I should have also moved the button placement so that the second to the bottom button was in line with my bust point. It’s loose so no gaping occurs, but, it’s not quite right.
If I were to make it again, I’d also forget the packet and just make a normal front button band that goes all the way.
Here’s the sleeveless version