Here’s an idea given to me by the wonderful Iris of Mistyfuse. One day I was asking whether she knew of a really great lightweight interfacing that wouldn’t add bulk or stiffness to a fabric and she said, “Why don’t you make your own?”
Only she didn’t mean me when she said “you.” She meant you. And you won’t believe how simple this is!
This is a piece of polka dotted quilting cotton. I fused a layer of Mistyfuse to the wrong side of the fabric and then fused a piece of plaid silk chiffon to the Mistyfuse so you can really see it. It’s so lightweight and has such a wonderful hand, I wish you could feel it. I can’t wait to use it someplace!
There are three scenarios where you might want to make your own interfacing. OK, four. (I just thought of another one as I was typing.)
- You run out of interfacing and need some in a hurry.
- You can’t find the right weight of interfacing for your project.
- You’re making something where the interfacing might show. For example, maybe you’re making an unlined jacket with facings or you’re sewing a garment where the facings hang loose.
- You need only a little bit of interfacing and don’t want to buy a larger quantity. (This is the perfect excuse to get a package of Mistyfuse just to have around, isn’t it?)
Using the Mistyfuse, you could make almost anything into interfacing: silk chiffon, canvas, and anything in between. So you can achieve whatever weight or stiffness you need. Which is sort of amazing, right?
But the really cool thing about this is that you can use a pretty, decorative fabric as your interfacing if you want! Like that silk plaid in the photo? How great would it be if your jacket facing accidentally flipped up and, instead of ugly interfacing, people got a peek of a pretty complementary fabric? Keep this in your back pocket. I can almost guarantee you’re going to want to do this sometime.
I’m pretty excited about this, and I really love this product. Can you tell?