TIPS FOR SEWING A MESH DRESS
HI DARLINGS! I came across this fabric at Joann and I knew I had to have it. I immeditaly saw my SIMPLICITY #9701 pattern in my head. Sewing with mesh fabric can be a bit tricky, but the results are worth the effort. Using printed mesh fabric can create stunning and unique designs that are perfect for a so many projects. Today I will share my thoughts on how to sew with mesh fabrics.
TYPES OF MESH
First, let's talk about the different types of mesh fabric available. Mesh fabric is made up of a series of small holes that allow air and moisture to pass through. It'S often used in athletic wear and as a lining for jackets and bags. There are several different types of mesh fabrics, including nylon, polyester, and spandex. Each has its own characteristics, so it's important to choose the right one for your project. This mesh has a great amount of stretch which makes a perfect bodycon dress.
TIPS FOR SEWING WITH MESH
Once you pick out your mesh fabric, it's time to start sewing. One of the most important things to keep in mind when sewing with mesh fabric is to choose the right needle! A universal needle will work, but a ballpoint needle or stretch needle is best. These needles have a rounded tip that will glide over the fabric without snagging or catching.
When sewing, be sure to handle the fabric gently to avoid snagging or stretching. I snagged my fabric on my wedding ring so be careful! Use a zigzag stitch or an overlock stitch to finish the raw edges of the fabric or you can also use a french seam to finsh. Be sure to test your stitch on a scrap piece of fabric before sewing your final project. You may need to adjust your tension or stitch width to find the right balance.
Finally, when it's time to press your fabric, be sure to use a pressing cloth. The heat from the iron can melt or distort the mesh fabric, so it's important to protect it with a layer of fabric, I like to use a piece of organza as my pressing cloth. Use a low heat setting and move the iron quickly over the fabric.
When it comes to lining I used a nude stretch lining but you could use a contrast color lining or even leave your garment unlined if you lan to wear it over a dress or leggings.
Sewing with mesh fabric and prints can be a fun and rewarding experience. By choosing the right fabric, print, and sewing techniques, you can create unique and beautiful projects that are sure to stand out. This print was so fun and retro so I paired it with my DIY SHOES whihc you can read about in this POST
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments.