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Interfacings on sheer chiffon blouse

user-37718 | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Any suggestions for interfacing a sheer fabric?  I am making a long blouse to wear over a sleeveless dress.  I want the “floatyness” of the fabric at the hem but I need some support for the front facings.  Traditional interfacings are too heavy and change the colour of the fabric. I really don’t want to see any construction details.  I found some fine tulle that would work on the collar, but   it causes ridges at the edges of the facings in the chiffon.   Please help, Pamela


  1. MegVT | | #1

    What about a layer or two of organza?  It comes in white & off-white, is sheer/opaque, and can add some much-needed body to your fashion fabric. 


    1. user-37718 | | #3

       I have looked at organza, but the colour shows through and most of the organza I can find has a pearlescent quality that I don't want. I suppose I'm thinking of some way to reinforce the seams to give an added stiffness, or some product that provides the support of interfacing invisibly. Any ideas?

      I probably wasn't clear enough on my initial posting.  I'm using a printed chiffon and then underlining it with a solid.  Because the fabric is so soft, I need to give it some body so the front facings won't collapse and can support the frog closings that I'm planning on using.  However, I don't want this support to show.  I especially don't want to have the darker stripe down the middle of traditional dressmaker facings.

      Thanks, P

      1. Elisabeth | | #4

        Organza is probably the most "invisible" choice and a natural match with chiffon. Have you tried silk organza? The frogs might be a bit heavy for chiffon, maybe chinese buttons instead? You could possibly use something like spray starch (suggestions please anyone for the right spray priduct!) on the chiffon instead of interfacing if any added fabric really is objectionable. It would need to be reapplied after washing and such though.

        1. user-37718 | | #5

          Thank you for your suggestions.  MAybe if I dye the organza the same colour as my underlining?!

          On that note - Does anyone know a source for reasonably priced silk organza that doesn't charge an arm and a leg to ship to Canada - or a source here in Vancouver?

          THanks for your feedback.

  2. HeartFire | | #2

    how about using the same fashion fabric for an interfacing?

  3. mem1 | | #6

    By some silk organza inwhite or off whiteand dye it a bicity colour . This makes it disapppear and whenyou sew it use a flesh coloured thread I have done this and it works beautifully.I always keep some flesh coloured poplin for using as facings on sheer fabric.

    1. user-37718 | | #9

      THanks Mem, I will give this a try  Pamela

      1. edgy | | #10

        Pamela,Try Dharmatradingco.com for inexpensive, PFD (prepared for dyeing) silks, cottons, etc. They are the most reasonable in price, altho I don't know what their shipping to CANANDA is.Nancy

  4. DONNAKAYE | | #7

    I recently faced this same dilemma.  I finally used a good quality gauze in an off-white/flesh color.  It had the softness and drape that I wanted but provided the stability I needed.  Hope it works for you as well.


    1. user-37718 | | #8

      Thanks Donna,

      I'll give this a try and let you know how it turns out!


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