Join Apparel Arts instructor Sara Alm to get comfortable stabilizing, marking, seaming and finishing sheer and lightweight fabrics. Learn how to manipulate patterns to add eye-catching design details and customize the opacity of your garment. Cut and stabilize these finicky fabrics successfully for confident construction. Learn how to sew sheer fabric details such as pintucks, pleats, gathers or ruching. Master a variety of seam finishes on sheers: French seams and enclosed seams as well as bias tape necklines and armholes. Plus, sew perfect clean-finished hems, picot hems, baby hems and wide-finished hems on sheers. Learn techniques that will unlock all the elegance of garments made with these exquisite fabrics.
Add ruching, pleats and pintucks to any pattern piece with Sara's guidance. You'll learn how to create duplicate pattern pieces to assist you in adding a ruched layer to the side panel of a skirt, for example, or create tiny pintucks on the front of a blouse. You'll slash and pivot or spread your pattern pieces to add fabric right where you need it.
Get a solid foundation for sewing sheer fabric by pretreating: staystitching, washing, drying and ironing your fabric. Sara shares some tips for helping your fabric stay on grain and retain its character. Now you're ready to lay out, cut out and mark your pattern pieces. You'll also learn how to apply wash-away stabilizer to areas where you might need more control.