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Interfacing a fleece?

BR3060 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’m sewing with minke for the first time.  My pattern for a bathrobe with a round yoke and buttons down the front calls for interfacing in the yoke and front facing.  I can easily reinforce the buttonholes, so I’m not worried about interfacing the front facing, but what do I do about the yoke?  My fabric is a lighter weight patterned minke & the yoke is completely self-faced.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  Will the self-facing be enough?  If not, how do you interface a fleece?


  1. woodruff | | #1

    I have sewn a lot of fleece things (bathrobes, jackets, tops, pants, hats) and I never use interfacing. On one occasion, I used self fabric to make a standup collar stand up a bit more on a very lightweight fleece.

    1. rekha | | #2

      I just checked out Patricia Cornwall's two volumes on Polar Fleece. She makes no mention of interfacing.

      I am wondering whether interfacing of other than fleece material will reduce the insulation effect of fleece

      1. BR3060 | | #4

        I had checked Nancy Cornwell's books on polarfleece, but since I found nothing on interfacing, I wasn't sure.  The concensus seems to be not to interface.  Thanks for your input.

    2. BR3060 | | #3

      Thank you for sharing your experience; what you say makes sense.  I'll go ahead with just the self-facing and see how it turns out.

  2. Teaf5 | | #5

    I don't think interfacing is necessary, but I've done it on a fleece jacket and like the slightly more straight and stable edge that it provides for the front opening.  Plus, then I didn't have to line up stabilizer for the button holes; it was already there.  I used light or medium weight iron on interfacing (pressing the back of the interfacing lightly with a very low iron).

    After I cut the button holes open with a chisel, I used a little matching permanent marker to color the edges of the interfacing so that they didn't contrast with the fleece.

    That jacket has held up much longer than the non-interfaced ones, perhaps because of the extra support in the collar and front edges.

    1. BR3060 | | #6

      You've given me something to think about.  I was all set to begin sewing on my bathrobe today & not interface it, but I decided to work on the decorative stitching my daughter wants on her jean skirt instead & think some more about the interfacing issue.  I'm really thankful for your input.

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