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.