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Help a Sewist Out // Sewing with Chiffon

Sewing with %$#@ing chiffon. Gosh darn you straight to the beautiful, florescent fuchsia hell you came from. Seducing me with your saucy colour and silky weight, whispering “Heather, take me home. I will make the prettiest sheer blouse with that 80’s pattern you bought at a yard sale. People say I am hard to work with but THEY ARE LIARS. I will lie so still for you and you can take advantage of me anyway you want. I’m so pretty. Touch me. BUY ME”. Lying little minx.

My problem. I need your help, wisest of internet sewists who have worked with this infernal fabric before. Slipperiness aside, I just had enough fabric to cut from when I realized that what I thought was super lightweight interfacing for the neckline facing and armband was actually the kind that bonds fabric together which is not good. And then I went back and bought a super lightweight stretchy interfacing that YOU CAN TOTALLY SEE THROUGH THE FABRIC.Yeah, sheer chiffon is a bitch man. Because I am forgetful and lazy I keep forgetting to get to the hardware store to buy washers for fabric weights and my current system of tea lights, packs of cards and old bolts is really not up the task. Plus I did that thing where you buy the cheap roller cutter instead of the good one and it just does not do a good job and that pink trollop was sliding all over the place like a drunk girl in an oil wrestling pit. WHERE WAS I. Oh yes.

The internet tells me to use another layer of chiffon as the facing. BUT I DON’T HAVE ANYMORE CHIFFON. What do I do? This bitch has buttons so I need some kind of support but not if you can see the interfacing through the fabric….. I am considering just losing the buttons altogether and french seaming at the front center and hoping for the best when I attach the tie at the neckline. But I wanted buttons. I’m stymied (and almost hideously hungover and have spent the entire day lying in bed, wasting good daylight hours. Drinking gets so much harder as you get older and I’m realizing that as much fun as it is to pour the old forget sauce down the throat in the moment, it’s simply not worth it the next day when you react like a vampire to the sun and can’t even complete a sentence without moaning. The answer to heartbreak and the rest of life’s challenges is not tequila shots. Sewing is). So yes, help or suggestions if you’ve got them.

  • I ain’t gunna be no help – I just wanted to let you know you’ve made me almost wet myself laughing. Here’s hoping others can be more useful than I!!!

    • I tend to be funnier when hungover. Weird side effect.

  • Heehee!!! Not laughing at your misery I assure you (but it IS so funny!!)

    Ahem. Okay. Business Face. Chiffon. Interfacing. Yes! I have answers. I like to sew in silk organza for lightweight interfacing. Its remarkably sturdy but doesn’t do funny things to the sheer fabric like fusibles do. I usually use sheer white organza, but if you’re worried about it showing through you can buy some thats in a color close to the fuschia trollop.

    Okay – end advice! Good luck – whatever route you decide to take!

    • Hmmm. This would involve yet another visit to the fabric store. I am going to marinate on this for a while.

  • I’m so glad you asked this and totally love the way you did it!

  • Oh dear, yup, silk chiffon is a bit of a beearch to cut out! For sew-in interfacing with sheer fabrics, I have used nude sheer silk organza or in a pinch nude polyacetate, and this works pretty well. Hope you figure something out, that colour is diviiine!
    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my skirt!