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Are you terrified of sheer fabric? The trick to gaining confidence is to start with the right type of fabric and a simple design. This Sew-Along will guide you through the process of making a basic sleeveless top. You will learn:
- tips for cutting sheer fabric
- stabilising neckline and armholes
- sewing a French seam, and French-seamed darts
- sewing a hairline seam
- rolled hems by hand or sewing machine
- binding raw edges - mastering a flat binding (no ripples)
Special thanks to our Industry Partner, Made to Sew, for assisting with video tutorials.
We recommend McCall's 7411 which has a number of style options. Of course, if you have your own best-loved pattern, feel free to use that. A few things to consider if choosing another pattern...
- Keep it simple - no sleeves, collars, buttons, zippers
- Preferably a design with bust darts so you can learn how to make a French-seamed dart
- Loose fit. You'll be making it from sheer fabric which doesn't lend itself to fitted garments.
Whichever pattern you choose, make yourself a toile if you have not previously used the pattern. The Sew-Along will not deal with fitting issues; it's all about conquering the dreaded sheer. When fitting, pay particular attention to the placement of the bust dart.
The Sew-Along will be offering construction information for both a single layer top (View B) or a double layer top (View C). These styles have different hem treatments; one has a curved hem and the other a straight hem with side splits. Instructions will be provided for both options.
- McCall's 7411 - can be purchased online at https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7411 if you cannot find it at your local shop
- Sheer fabric - DO NOT use silk chiffon; that is for a future project when you are super confident. Suggested fabric choices - cotton voile, polyester chiffon or georgette
- Tissue paper
- Enough fabric to make about 2.5 metres of double-fold bias binding. Silk charmeuse or similar light weight fabric is recommended. Don't choose a heavy fabric which will overwhelm your delicate sheer. If purchasing pre-made binding, make sure it is double-fold and about 3/4" (20 mm) wide.
- Size 60/8 or 70/10 machine needles
- Thread to match fabric