mesh shirt!

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

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:


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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