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Working with Sheer Fabrics

If you're thinking of including a garment made of the sheer fabrics that are seen everywhere this summer, these are a few helpful techniques to keep in mind.

  1. Check the bolt for care instructions. If the fabric can be washed, pre-shrink it gently with baby shampoo or Eucalan in warm water. Air dry. Set the iron on delicate. Used a press cloth.
  2. If the fabric is slippery as well as sheer, cover the cutting surface with muslin or tissue paper to keep it in place. If you use tissue paper, pin right through it and cut it along with the pattern and fashion fabric.
  3. Cut with serrated shears or a rotary cutter for control.
  4. Use a new 70/10 universal needle.
  5. Mark with thread tacks. Chalk won't show up.
  6. Stabilize necklines with staystitching.
  7. Use French seams for very sheer fabrics or a baby serger stitch for more opaque types.
  8. Hems can be narrow for very full styles or deep for slimmer silhouettes.
  9. Linings and facings can be made from self-fabric or flesh colored silk organza, depending whether the fabric is a print or a solid. The goal is to keep the project featherweight. The bodice can either be lined or left sheer ~ It's up to you.

ALLOW TWICE THE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THESE FABRICS! THEIR DELICATE AND SLIPPERY NATURE WILL SLOW YOU DOWN.