Fusible underlinings — hooray!
Some of you know that I’ve been pursuing the subject of fusing my underlinings. Well, the pursuit has been well worth the effort.
I have received via online order two products that I’ve tested on a good quality poly gabardine that I’m doing a sheath dress (McCall’s 3673, if you’d like to take a look).
First, Touch o’ Gold is a chiffon-like fusible interfacing/underlining (yes, they advertise it as a fusible underlining). Second is Misty Fuse, used by quilters and the like. They advertise it as a fusible web that can be used to fuse such things as organza, tulle and the like.
Both samples have produced fabulous results. The fusible web (Misty Fuse) quite naturally produced a little bit stiffer hand because the underlining fabric is poly organza and has a little stiffer quality to it, but it still has wonderful drape and has not substantially changed the hand of the gabardine. I have yet to test it with silk organza, but that’s my plan on the Reader’s Closet suit I’m going to be doing. I can tell you this, since I underline everything I’m going to be using one or the other of these methods.
If you’re interested in trying either of these, I would suggest hunting them down on eBay first, as you can get them a lot less expensive. That’s what I did. Also, I purchased the UV resistant Misty Fuse. This keeps the fusible from yellowing over the years, or at least that’s what they claim.
It's so nice to hear your opinions of these two products, especially knowing what kinds of fabrics you're trying them on. Thank you and good luck with your Reader's Closet project.
Although I tried them on the gabardine, the Reader's Closet fabrics are as follows:
Poly shantung - jacket, skirt - underlined with 100% Pima cotton batiste, using Misty Fuse - then lined with poly charmeuse
Although I plan to underline the main body of the jacket and skirt with the pima batiste, I may find areas of the projects where I would prefer to use something else, maybe the Touch o' Gold. I'll let everyone know how this is going as I proceed. The gabardine I have tested it on is for a simple princess seam sleeveless sheath dress bound at the neckedge and armhole with self bias that I need for a bar association social Thursday evening. I did get everything fused, staystitched and the raw edges serged yesterday. Today all I need do is actually stitch the dress together.
Just finished the gabardine sheath dress with the Touch o' Gold. The results are more than terrific. When I get all dressed up for our event on Thursday, I'll get dear hubby to snap a photo and then post it. Hoping to have enough time to make a coordinated print gazelle scarf and drawstring bag (dress fabric outside, print inside). Shoes are black patent heels.
Good grief ...you must sew like the wind! I'm beyond impressed that you not only constructed a garment with perfect technique, but you got it done within hours ...not days. Wow ...someone needs to put a firecracker under my slow old body!
Good job ...and thanks for sharing ...and inspiring. I'm looking forward to seeing you all dressed up for the special event. DonnaKaye ...you are a true inspiration! What a gift you are to each of us.
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