Does anyone else wonder if there's a better way? If there's a better interfacing to use instead of the one you have in your stash? Do you get overwhelmed at the fabric store and don't know what's what? I do.
I've been waiting for this class to reappear on Pattern Review. Sarah Veblen is a fantastic teacher and her courses are very well thought out and give heaps of technical information.
The course has a few videos, but is primarily delivered in PDF format. There's also the class discussion board, and 2 chat sessions. In the course notes each interfacing is described in detail. She gives information on manufacturers, fibre content and construction, available colours, laundering tips, suggested fabrics and uses.
The real learning began with sewing the bodices. The interfacings included are a soft fusible knit and a stiff woven sew-in. Sarah suggests you use one on each side of each bodice front so you can see for yourself the difference they make.
I'd never sewn with silk crepe de chine before, and have been mainly sewing with knits for years, so this was an adventure in itself. This bodice taught me that a soft, light interfacing can be perfect to give just enough support and shape without being obvious. The side with the stiff woven was just wrong. It was pulling the bodice down because it was so heavy in comparison.
In yet another first, here's my wool bodice! What a difference. The stiff woven interfacing was just right for this garment. If I saw this product in the shop, I would have thought it was too stiff, but with this fabric, it worked really well. The bodice is supported at the front and back neck. The side with the softer fusible interfacing is drooping, so it is not getting enough support. I learned something!!
For me, this course was fabulous. I went to my two local chain stores and checked out their interfacing stocks with a more educated eye. My local Spotlight had a better and more varied selection than Lincraft. I also now know that there's much, much more available, so I don't have to settle for an almost right. I can look further afield, knowing what to search for.
With the kits, these classes are not cheap. However, the kits are such a valuable resource to keep and to refer to again and again. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and am looking forward to her Underlining class which begins tomorrow.