Is a french seam the best way to sew sheer fabric? I am going to try to sew a shirt with a very light almost sheer fabric and I think the best way to finish the edges is a french seam. However, I am a bit at a loss at how to construct the collar since you cannot use a french seam for that or can you?
Thanks Alice, you did a great job on your own jacket.
I use French seams on sheer fabrics. I think it's just nicer all around. What sort of collar are you constructing? Can you encase it all with a facing?
Thanks Elizabeth, I did use French seams on the sleeves and I because this fabric is semi sheer (it is has a pattern printed on it) which I should have said in the beginning and I was able to construct the my 'classic' collar with a really close serged edged. Encasing it would have been an interesting idea that I never thought of and I have some more semi sheer fabrics that I will be working with and that could be an option.
Here are a few more seam styles that are shown by Sunni at "A Fashionable Stitch"
Personally, I have had great results that create a single thin line seam line by making the 'self bound' seam shown here, but I usually machine stitch the edge down. Also, I like the 'hairline' seam shown here, but I sew a straight stitch seam line first, then trim away the seam allowance to 1/4". After that I zig zag overcast right over that cut edge. It creates a 'rolled edge' look.
Whichever technique you choose, have fun sewing your shirt!
Thanks Jen, This were all super helpful. I chose to use the french seam but I will try some of these since I have some more semi-sheer material.