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From: HeatherL
Date: 02-22-2005, 09:45 AM (1 of 8)
1. If the body of my garment (a barn coat) is made out of denim, do I still need to apply interfacing to my facing pieces, or is it a heavy/stiff enough fabric to not require it?

2. I'm making a lining for this coat...and was considering doing the inside of the pockets with the same fabric as the lining rather than the denim. The lining is a basic quilter's calico. Would this be okay, or should I make the inside of the pockets out of the denim for the strength?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
User: HeatherL
Member since: 03-13-2004
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From: pucktricks
Date: 02-22-2005, 10:01 AM (2 of 8)
Here's my two cents for what it's worth:

1. If you want the extra structure, then go ahead and include the interfacing, but I've had a few patterns that called for interfacing and I didn't want the extra structure, so I left out the interfacing. So, it depends on what you want.

2. I would use the denim for the pockets, but that's because I'm hard on pockets and always get holes in them, so I think the hardier fabric would be better.

Well, there ya go.

User: pucktricks
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From: Sheri
Date: 02-22-2005, 01:03 PM (3 of 8)
I work with denim a lot. I've made jeans with the waist band interfaced and not. I've always been happier with the interfaced ones, but the non-interfaced worked just fine. I haven't made any jackets out of denim yet.

I'd use my lining fabric for the pockets. Denim is pretty thick and your pockets are likely to be too bulky.
User: Sheri
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From: bunzino
Date: 03-15-2005, 09:57 PM (4 of 8)
Seems like you'd want to interface for buttonholes and maybe the collar. Diff interfacings will give you diff stiffness. You have to do some trial scraps.

I'd use lining for the pockets. Thinner and would look good.

User: bunzino
Member since: 08-16-2002
Total posts: 119
From: SummersEchos
Date: 03-15-2005, 11:56 PM (5 of 8)
I made a long rider demin coat. I interfaced the front on both sides. Just the front facings. I didn't want it to collaspe after many wearings. I lined my pockets with twill. I didn't want the extra bulk, but I too am hard on my pockets and wanted extra strength. Twill worked best for me. I also interfaced the collar and the open flap in the back. Sometime I wanted the collar to stand up to block some of the cold. It has worn very well. I have used the coat for bus duty and for motorcylce riding. It has taken a beating, many washings and still looks good.
That my 2 cents worth.

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From: paroper
Date: 03-18-2005, 07:05 PM (6 of 8)
I always interface. I think that it makes the outfit lay better and less likely as Summer said "collapse". I also think they wear longer. As for the pockets, I agree with the denim in the pockets. They take a lot of abuse (at least from my family.)

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From: teacheraid95
Date: 03-25-2005, 01:48 PM (7 of 8)
SummersEchos~ I noticed in your denim post, you said you used your jacket for bus duty..are you a teacher? I am an aide (MO), that is why I was asking.
User: teacheraid95
Member since: 11-04-2004
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From: MariLynnTX
Date: 04-17-2005, 03:44 PM (8 of 8)
I always like to interface collars, front facings, pocket tops, and sometimes cuffs and pocket flaps, if any. They hold up much better and look much nicer. On tailored shirts I double stitch (about 1/4" apart) around pockets and also collar edges, somtimes all the way down the front, the cuffs and maybe the pocket flaps, if they have them. It gives a neat professional look. MariLynntx
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