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The Essential Guide to Sewing With Sheers

with Sara Alm
The Essential Guide to Sewing With Sheers
Sew the drapey, delicate garments of your dreams. Discover handling, sewing and finishing techniques to achieve professional results with sheer and lightweight fabrics.

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.

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Sheer Fabrics

  • Meet your instructor, pattern designer Sara Alm, and learn more about some of the sheer fabrics, pattern types and linings you might use to create beautiful layered garments.


Lesson 2. Pattern Alterations for Sheers


Lesson 3. Pretreating, Cutting & Marking


Lesson 4. Stabilizing & Sewing Sheers


Lesson 5. Fabric Manipulation


Lesson 6. Seam Finishes


Lesson 7. Hems & Finishing

"Thanks so much for an informative and fun class. So many useful tips and techniques for each phase of sewing, which make me confident to tackle the chiffon blouse in my 'sewing queue.'"
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nr Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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