sheer-lto copley or, “how to sew a see thru top in about an hour”

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in sewing journal | 3 comments

Sheer tops. We need more of them. Not to be confused with mesh tops.

mesh shirt!

By the way if you can name the source film of this still, I will kiss you on the mouth. (Hint it is a really really terrible film that stars, mostly, a mechanical bull!)

OK, but anyway, this is what I actually made:

Sheer-lto Copley (My Latest Knit Top)

Now I am not actually anti-mesh tops but I can tell you what I am anti:

POLYESTER.

When it comes to knitwear, knowing one’s fibers becomes key, and so you poor bastards reading here get to hear a bit of my fiber-nerdcore sentiments. See, polyester is wonderful sometimes and it has its uses. But I personally hate to wear it. When one is shopping for fabric for garment-making, it is everywhere.

And this is true of the RTW (ready-to-wear) scene as well. As per most summers I’m seeing cute sheer tops out there in the shops, but they’re almost all (at least) 50/50 poly/cotton – sometimes even higher on the poly scale. Why go for the comfort and cool of a sheer top, only to have the icky-crawly feeling of polyester on the skin and the – lets get frank, here – other undesirable conditions we experience upon wearing and washing?

So you can imagine when I stumbled on some lovely sheer cotton knits from Britex fabrics I was keen to try them. Their sale prices were wonderful and they delivered quickly. First up to sew – after my last project, a Hoodie of Interminable Assery –  this lovely 100% cotton burnout tissue-fabric. It took me a little over an hour to cut and sew a great summer top.

Just how sheer is this fabric, you ask? CHECK IT:

Sheer-lto Copley (My Latest Knit Top)

UBER-CLOSEUP of the front edge of the hood; notice I used my regular-old Pfaff – no serger or coverstitch needed. I did, however, use lots of 1″ strips of washable stabilizer – on every seam. Below: the triple-stitched hem:

Sheer-lto Copley (My Latest Knit Top)

After stitching, I trimmed down each seam very carefully to a 3/8″. Very strong steams that look beautiful showing through the fabric:

Sheer-lto Copley (My Latest Knit Top)

I will be hand-washing and line-drying this little beauty.

For the pattern I traced Jalie’s 2805 – classic t-shirts with a variety of necklines, that do not include hoods. Since I wanted a hood, I simply took a hood I liked and measured it along the seam allowance – then used the measurement to scoop out the t-shirt neckline. Most hoods (you will find) have this little marking right where the shoulder seam intersects the hood: this makes that neckline measuring business all the easier. PERHAPS y’all will get lucky and I’ll do a sheer hoodie sew-up with lots of pictures.

But in the meantime – on to my next project. And a reminder – it’s summer! So – time to buy yourself a cute bra and get in a see-through top.

Not that I’m judgin’ if you don’t.

Sheer-lto Copley (My Latest Knit Top)

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3 Comments

  1. Urban cowboy, also starring John Travolta. No, I did not research this, just answered.

  2. @Amy
    You win! You win having watched a really bad film!

    By the way THIS was the one Netflix disc I had while I was laboring with my son. So I’m watching this film, pausing, having contractions. GOOD LAWD

  3. you are 8 million percent awesome. this shirt. the sewing. oh my!