|silk and lining being marked and cut out|
|fusible interfacing ironed onto silk|
This is actually really tricky to get right
Attaching fusible interfacing to fabric:
1. Cut out pattern pieces in the interfacing.
2. Sew the interfacing onto your outer fabric just outside the seam allowance being really careful not to warp the silk and using a 4.5 stitch length as this stitch will be removed shortly.
3. Lay the fabric flat once it is sewn to check that it is flat. Unpick and resew any sections that have been warped. It'll be worth it in the long-run.
4. Cut the interfacing outside the seam allowance off. When sewing seams, you want to avoid any unnecessary bulk. This is especially important in a boned garment because the boning and its casing are going to add bulk themselves. This is why you go to great lengths to cut off any unnecessary interfacing as it's quite thick material.
5. Iron the interfacing onto the silk, again, making sure that the silk doesn't warp as the ironing creates a permanent seal between the interfacing and your fabric. If this goes wrong, it's back to square one.
6. unpick all your stitching and go over once again with the iron to ensure all interfacing has fused.
|hand made boning casings|
|I ran out of interfacing after 6 panels, so this is where the bodice has to end today|
|front of bodice. all seams need boning but I am waiting until I have sewn the entire bodice before I do this (except for the centre seam) so that I can make sure it fits perfectly and can easily make any seam changes|