Tuesday, June 18, 2013


A sheer dress!  A cool dress?

I have always wanted a sheer dress for those Texas events that turn out to be in the 100s.
However, sewing sheer fabrics is sheer @#$%.  They ravel, seams show, and hemming is a nightmare.  Below is an article from Colleterie on sewing tips for sheer fabrics.  Who knows I might just get brave enough to attempt a sheer dress--if I can find the right fabric...make the correct undergarments... and so on.

Tips for Sewing Sheer Garments from Colleterie

Sewing with slippery or sheer fabric can be daunting if you’ve never tried it. Just like anything, though, all it takes is a bit of know-how and practice to get it just right. Here are a few pointers we’ve put together to help you out.
  • Use a spray stabilizer or starch to stiffen the fabric before cutting.
  • Heavy pattern weights spread across the fabric will keep it from slipping around.
  • Place tissue paper beneath the fabric to help keep slipping at a minimum.
  • Silk pins are the best pins for the job. They have thin shafts and very sharp points which keep them from snagging the woven threads.
  • Pin frequently along a seam.
  • Sew using the correct type of needle and thread for the job. You’ll most likely need a thin needle and an all-purpose thread.
  • French seams are the best for sheer fabrics as they encompass the raw edges and look professional.
  • Sew a simple hem with the fabric folded over twice and stitched in place, or a rolled hem, which is perfect for thin, sheer fabrics.
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