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Date: 4/1/14 10:23 AM

I have never sewn with Chiffon before, but I am really trying to sew with a large variety of fabrics this year. I want to learn to work with all kinds of fabrics and not just safe, stable cottons.

Here is the chiffon I purchased:
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So does anyone have pattern recommendations? I would prefer to sew a top but a skirt or dress would be ok too. Also, if you have any tips for sewing with chiffon please feel free to share.

Thank you so much!
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Date: 4/1/14 12:42 PM

That's a beautiful print! No pattern suggestions, yet, but can offer tips.

Go to Message Board search function, up and perhaps a bit to the right, not in the left side menu.

Search these two words mushed together with no space between
chiffon thread

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(To find other similarly grouped categories check the Message Searches, Bumping Threads thread in the Miscellaneous section. It is near the top of that section.)

Speech Girl, thanks for pointing out that it is a knit. LynnRowe has a pinned Knit Sewalong at the top of the Beginner's section that is loaded with information on sewing with knits.
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Date: 4/1/14 4:04 PM

Your fabric is a knit chiffon (rather than a woven chiffon) so could be used with a variety of knit patterns-- probably with a lining or worn over a cami as chiffon implies a sheer fabric.

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Date: 4/1/14 4:06 PM

Ooh that is very pretty! Chiffon is one of those things I want to master this year, too, so I'll be watching to see what tips you get.

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Date: 4/1/14 6:09 PM

I use PerfectSew for sheer/slippery fabrics. There are other products too as well as gelatin. It really helps.

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Date: 4/2/14 4:10 AM

This Vogue 1160 is a cute chiffon dress, but could easily be adapted to a top. I sewed that with polyester chiffon.

I remember pinning a lot to tame the seams. Cutting out wasn't so tragic because my dining room table is 120" wide and has leaves to extend over 7 feet. You might want to find a large floor space to cut out on.

You can also cut up your chiffon in smaller more manageable sizes, e.g. cut off a yard for cutting out the bodice piece, and then cut off 1,5 yard for the skirt pieces.
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Date: 4/2/14 5:02 PM

Wow, what great tips! I will search to see what else I can find too.

I had no idea that a product like Perfect Sew existed, what a great idea!

That Vogue pattern is adorable, and very summer-y....if summer arrives here in the Midwest it would be perfect.
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Date: 4/2/14 8:47 PM

Take a peak at Butterick 4989 view c. If you happen to go with it, shorten it as it is long. I used steam a seam for all the putsy rolled hems. The steam a seam actually gave the vest some needed body at the edges.
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Date: 4/11/14 9:34 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, I think this one might be a winner.
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