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Topic: advice for mens shirt / sheer fabric?  (Read 546 times)
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« on: April 18, 2007 05:00:37 PM »

So this weekend, I am going to be making my best guy friend a pullover//henley type of thing.

I bought this fabric he loves [BRIGHT, bold orange and magenta stripes], it's very very sheer, and I was thinking of doubling it up, so it's not super girly, you know, two layers, and he would wear a t-shirt under it.

I am going to size it against a henley he already has that fits him well. I am not prewashing the fabric, because it seems too delicate.

Is there any reason it shouldn't keep its shape and size if he only handwashes it? I am just so nervous about it even fitting him at all, because a lot of his stuff seems to get misshapen and shrunken, I have no idea why. Hopefully the sheerness will be the only challenge in sewing?

any advice//stories about menswear, sheer fabric, washing, etc? Thanks
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007 12:51:47 AM »

Definitely pre-wash the fabric. If it's only going to be hand-washed, then you can hand pre-wash. Or try a small sample in the machine at a low temperature.

If it's such a bright bold print, I think doubling it up would make it a bit hay-wire - you'll be able to see the under-layer through the top later, and at least in some places they won't line up. Why not line it in a neutral shade - perhaps some soft muslin or cotton which will feel nice next to the skin?

Bear in mind that seams will be more visable on a sheer fabric, so you might want to take more care finishing them - maybe using French or flat-felled seams or seam binding or a surger instead of zig-zagging.
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007 06:48:10 PM »

I think of Henley shirts as being stretch?  I think of sheers as being woven?  If this is true, you won't be able to make a traditional Henley out of your sheer because he won't be able to move in it or get it over his head.  I would also probably line the shirt with a fabric that is made of the same fibers but solid.
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