Who'd have thought that a roll of interfacing could inspire such a long and image-heavy blog post....? (Stand back while I reveal to you the true and full extent of my sewing geekery....!).
This little lovely arrived all the way (by ship) from Germany this week. Today I had a chance to play with it.
I'm now wishing I'd specially-ordered-months-and-months-ago a few MORE rolls of it.... I think I'm in love.
Vilene S320 is a fusible non-woven... but not as we know fusible non-wovens - at least not in these here parts. (I'm not sure why, but until I nagged my favourite interfacing rep about it, this product wasn't available in Australia. As far as I know, I'm the only one who has it now).
The embossed texture gives it a suppleness that isn't found in standard non-wovens.
The fused result is stiff, lightweight.... not cardboardy.... The fabric moves a bit like oilcloth when you scrunch it and it springs back into shape.
It will sit flat and support its weight on one finger if you .... ummmm.. lift it up with one finger. (I'm sure that's useful...?).
I'm missing the fedora that I sent to Kleins in London (the one I made using the sampling piece of Vilene S320 that prompted the specially-brought-in-from-Germany order), so have started on a replica. I block-fused medium-heavy interfacing first, and then Vilene S320 over the back of that. Then I cut the hat pieces.
The fused fabric bends smoothly, can be steamed into shape (and holds the shape) and performs all the self-supporting-on-one-finger tricks that one would expect.
The fusing glue is unbelievably strong!!! It's made to survive laundering and drycleaning.... as well as withstanding steaming the bejaysus out of it and trying to tear/scratch it off.....
Note to self: Do not test interfacing on brand new fabric that you hope to use (without tested interfacing thoroughly attached...).
So... interfacing thoroughly attached, I whipped up a quick kids hat.
I THINK THIS IS THE BEST INTERFACING I HAVE EVER USED ON A BRIM!!!!
The crown is quite stiff for a small child's hat - great for an adult or older kid. I'd probably go the medium-heavy interfacing on the crown next time (on quilting fabric) but the brim...... ohhh.... I'm LOVING it! It's simply one layer of S320 on each brim piece and it creates the perfect structure with very little weight.
I can't wait to try it out on BAGS....
I told you I was gushing, didn't I?
PS. You can buy it here.... and I only have 25 metres of it so get in fast!
EDITED TO ADD: We've now sold out, but will definitely be getting some more in (it should arrive in January).