How to Sew With Lightweight and Sheer Fabrics

It’s been a week full of glue sticks, paints, safety scissors, crayons, stories and ABC songs. I’m happy to say that my sweet new class and I have made it through our first week of all-day kindergarten and we all still have smiles on our faces. My heart is full after a week of hugs, smiles and hanging out with 5 and 6 years olds again. Their excitement and wonder never ceases to amaze me and I think I’m gonna like this new all-day jig we got going this year. 🙂

But now that Saturday is here, it’s time to wash off the glue, fire up the sewing machines and teach something different.


I don’t know about you, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the sheer shirts that are out there right now. They’re so comfy and breezy and can transition from summer right into fall by pairing them with jeans and boots.


The beautiful drape of soft and flowy silk chiffon, light organza or georgette makes them ideal fabrics for sewing apparel. But many people shy away from sewing with these delicate fabrics because they think they are too fragile. Creating elegant garments with sheer fabrics isn’t difficult if you know the right techniques.

Click here for the step by step tutorial and be prepared to have some fun with fabric!


For more sewing and refashion tutorials:

Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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20 Responses to How to Sew With Lightweight and Sheer Fabrics

  1. SAB says:

    Beautiful top, beautiful setting. And beautiful lady who teaches us all. Thank you Beth. Have a blessed day.

  2. Barbara Ely says:

    I loved this lesson. I don’t like working with this kind of fabric. Now I’m less afraid to tackle some alterations I want to do.
    This week while teaching kindergarten music a girl shared that their piano was stolen in the middle of the night. I laughed out loud, this struck me as so funny! I thought that might make a fun children’s book, The Night Our Piano Was Stolen.

  3. darlene macdonald says:

    So in the tutorial you mention a number 2 stitch?? Can you clarify that please? Thank you! 🙂

  4. Hi Darlene! Thanks for asking. The number 2 stitch refers to the stitch length. My machine has 1-5. The lower the number the smaller the stitch length. I hope this helps.

  5. Accidental Seamstress says:

    That top is gorgeous! …I never knew how to do a French seam. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m anxious to try it out now that I know how to do it 😉

  6. Jo H. says:

    Nice clear tutorial, as always, Beth – and came at just the right time as I have an alteration to do that this will help me with so much. Thanks for sharing it. And that top – gorgeous!

  7. karen says:

    That was a VERY useful tutorial. thanks


  8. RACHEL says:

    Thank you for posting this topic, I’ve always wanted to learn this technique. Beautiful blouse, you have me inspired.

  9. Susan Luke says:

    Beautiful! I love the fabric and you look gorgeous, as always!!

  10. UtaC says:

    Beautiful top… I do shy away from these type of fabrics because I find it so so difficult.. But yet I persevere. 🙂 This is beautiful.. I am encouraged.. 🙂

  11. Sarah Tyau says:

    Beautiful and love this light blue on you so much!

  12. sherrie sanders says:

    Love it all

  13. kraftwerk3r says:

    Exactly the post I was looking for! I have some sheer fabric sitting in my wardrobe for six months that I’ve been too afraid to sew.

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  15. Jennifer says:

    I love that blouse! Is there a pattern for that, or did you do it as a tutorial besides the great techniques for sewing with sheer fabrics?

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