Sheer Madness

Lately I’ve been trying to get back into sewing. I was doing a bunch of quilting, but have lately had a hankering to start sewing garments for myself.

Specifically, I wanted to make myself some blouses. I feel like I’m really late to the game on blouses. I never though they’d look good on me for some reason, so I always stuck to cotton shirts and jeans.

But then I joined Stitch Fix, and got a couple amazing blouses from their stylists, and now I’m hooked.

(BTW, if you don’t know about Stitch Fix, it’s a super-amazing personal shopper service. They ship you 5 items to try on, and you only pay for what you like.  And you can get $25 off your first order by clicking here.)

So I bought a bunch of slinky, sheer fabric…. and quickly realized I was in way over my head.  The fabric kept getting stuck in my throat hole, the stitches were really uneven, and I had no idea how to make a proper hem.

That’s when I found this Craftsy class:

 

The Essential Guide to Sewing With Sheers

 

This was exactly what I needed! Sara Alm is so good at walking you through all the tips and tricks needed to work with lightweight fabrics.  I especially love her crinoline hemming technique — it’s SO SMART.

Anywho, I was able to make this top and wear it to a Labor Day BBQ:

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Now I just want to make ALL THE BLOUSES! (Stay tuned for that!)

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