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Sheer Simplicity

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 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

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