Sheer fabrics are the ultimate in luxury. These fabrics are available in silk and synthetic fibres, so it’s possible to get some without breaking the bank! A light, chiffon is truly the perfect fabric to add luxury into your everyday wardrobe.
Sheer fabric is definitely not for beginners! The ‘sheerness’ of the fabric means all seams and hems are totally visible, so you should be machine savvy before tackling your first piece of chiffon.
For all sheer fabrics it’s good to choose a pattern without lots of details and features, as all the seams are on show. Consider the transparency of the fabric too as it may need to be lined in order to make it modest!
5 Top Tips for working with Sheer fabric
- NEVER transfer pattern markings with carbon paper- the marks can permanently mark your fabric
- Do a test seam and press. You’re trying to find the optimum temp that won’t scorch your fabric.
- You may find it helpful to use tissue paper on the underside as you sew to protect and stabilise your fabric. It can be torn away once the seam is stitched.
- NEVER use French seams around curved areas like arm-holes. Try narrow or felled seams instead.
- Allow 48 hours for garments to hang before hemming. These fabrics love to droop.
Pin hemming is a fabulous way to get a narrow rolled hem on sheers. Watch my video on how to pin hem.
Have you tried sewing with chiffon or sheers, how did it go?