I have had a fear of sewing with mesh for years...literally! I finally overcame it and tried a few projects and decided it's fun...just take a few precautions and you'll be fine.
My original project I had planned was a total wadder which was too bad! I really liked the fabric but despite making a muslin, it fit so weirdly and was very, very unflattering. I can't even show it to you!
Luckily I hadn't taken the time to blog about this top I am wearing--whew!
Can you see how cool this fabric is? It's comfortable on your skin too!
This top is made in a 'cocoon' shape which is sort of funky but I like it! However, you must choose the right fabric. This is a StyleArc pattern and here is a picture from the site:
The cocoon shape is more pronounced that it appears in the line drawing. The sleeves are VERY narrow, so test the fit prior to sewing together.
Mesh is a great choice since it doesn't stand away from your body making you look like an egg, which is important!
I tested this fabric using both a regular sewing machine and a serger. It worked just perfect on my serger so that is how I stitched the entire thing.
I topstitched the neck band on and then single-stitched the hems.
What do you think of sewing with mesh? If you are worried, don't be, just create some test strips and find out what works for your fabric and design.
Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!