Saturday, July 26, 2014

Help! How do you finish your chiffon edges?

I'm stuck. I can't decide what to do. I have three (!) chiffon tops planned - but I don't know how to finish the neck line and arm scythes. Help me please!

For the pattern I decided to do a mash-up of models 11 and 12 from the German magazine Meine N√§hmode 3/2014. My plan is to make a wearable muslin and hopefully get the pattern right and then make two more.

This is my fabric for the wearable muslin. Yep, one of those moments of what-was-I-thinking, but I like the yellow sooo much.

These two fabrics I got on sale earlier this summer and I immediately thought flowy summer top!

So now I need help. I have never made anything unlined with chiffon earlier and now I'm struggling with the finishing. I was thinking of using french seams for the first.time.ever on this project, and for the hem I plan to turn it under twice and topstitch. But the neckline and arm scythes? I have a newly found love for visible self-fabric bias tape, but am I setting myself up for a nervous breakdown with the chiffon?

How do you finish your chiffon? I'm grateful for all the help I can get!


  1. Chiffon seems to almost always be lined, since it's usually sheer. If you're not lining it, then I think you're stuck with a bias tape, either as a facing or encasing the edges. I've only sewn chiffon once (hemming a bridesmaid's dress) but it was pretty tricky. I think you definitely want to go with French seams.

    1. I wasn't planning on lining the top, but that sure means some fiddly finishing. I like the idea of encasing the edge. I guess I'll just have to try it and see how I manage. Thanks for your input!

  2. I have a chiffon UFO. I french seamed the side seams and used bias tape on other parts. I never have finished that shirt.
    Good luck!!

    1. Haha thanks! I guess chiffon-UFOs are pretty common... did you use self-fabric bias tape, or did you buy it?