A Navy Cotton Voile Overlap Blouse

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

This summer I’ve been living in my silk crepe de chine Style Arc Dotty blouse.  I’m sure it’s terrible to admit that I do this, but I’ve learned that if I stick it in the dryer for a few minutes on the lowest heat setting, then it comes out nice and bouncy and wrinkle free.  I then want to wear it as soon as it comes out.  So, when I saw this sold out Helmut Lang top, I realized it was time to make another.

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile - Helmut Lang Inspiration

This time though I wanted to try it out a different fabric – one that was a little more friendly to tiny, sticky hands – so I went for Mood Fabric’s light and airy cotton voile in a classic navy.

Sew Well: A Dotless Dotty in Voile

What do you think?  The Style Arc Dotty blouse with its sleeves rolled up is a pretty good match to the inspiration without my having to resort to anything in the gray area of copying a designer piece.  It’s too hot right now to wear skinny pants like in the inspiration image, so you get my blue on blue on blue look.

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

To get the sleeves to roll up, I added the simple bound sleeve placket from my Grainline Archer.  But, because the placket was a bit of a last minute addition, I didn’t think through how I was going to button up the little cuff that comes with the Dotty blouse.  So, for now the cuffs have no closure.

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

Sew Well: A Dotless Dotty in Voile

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

And, even though both the Dotty blouse and the inspiration called of gathering the back into the yoke, I decided to add a pleat, another element taken from my Grainline Archer.

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

This voile was very nice to sew with.  Since the voile is fairly translucent and since the sleeve seam shows when the sleeve is rolled up, I used French seams for all of the main seams.

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

The hem and the neckline were finished with a tiny machine rolled hem.  When I think I’m going to want to add a machine rolled hem to a garment, I typically save a scrap of fabric to get the feel for how the fabric wants to feed through my rolled hem foot. Thankfully, this voile fed through very fluidly, so it was a breeze getting a nice, even hem.

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

I’m excited to have another Dotty blouse that will carry me through this summer and into the fall. My friends are excited to see me in something new. My husband is excited to see me in something blue.  It’s a win-win-win!

Sew Well:  A Dotless Dotty in Voile

What’s your favorite summer top these days?

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  • Amanda S.
    July 15, 2015

    That’s really cute! I’m jealous that you’ve figured out your rolled hem foot. Mine is still a mystery to me. The hems it produces never look very nice.

    • Amy
      July 16, 2015

      Thanks! And, as for the rolled-hem foot, sometimes I just can’t get a fabric to work with it despite having a good amount of practice by now (though I have no where near the 10,000 hours or whatever the magic number is for being extremely proficient at something!). My real weakness is that I haven’t even come close to figuring out how to make a nice hand-rolled hem. I’ve tried, but I always end up with something wonky and uneven.

  • Lori
    July 15, 2015

    That is a gorgeous blouse, now I need a rolled hem foot, too.

    • Amy
      July 16, 2015

      Thanks! My machine is pretty basic so it accepts most generic feet, which means I could get mine really cheap from Amazon. For me it was definitely worth it.

  • Sarah C
    July 15, 2015

    Love this! I can definitely see why you are living in this pattern. I have some cotton voile that I have been dying to use and this would be great for mine.

    • Amy
      July 16, 2015

      Thanks! For some reason I love the soft drapes, long back, and slightly dressy yet comfortable vibe this shirt has going on. I probably can’t make too many more without going a bit overboard, but I’m happy I have the two that I do.

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 16, 2015

    Beautiful job on this top, Amy! The fabric and pattern combo are simple and sophisticated. I love it 🙂

    • Amy
      July 17, 2015

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Sonja
    July 16, 2015

    Ooh, Amy, this is fabulous! It’s so airy and cool!

    • Amy
      July 17, 2015

      Thanks! I’m excited for another fun shirt to add to my closet!

  • Fiona
    July 20, 2015

    Ooo lovely! What a perfect use for cotton voile! Beautiful sewing, gorgeous french seams and rolled hem!

  • Erica B's DIY Style
    July 22, 2015

    I love this top. I made the McCall’s version of this pattern twice because I love this style just that much.

  • Helen
    July 31, 2015

    I WANT I WANT I WANT!!!! Thank you so much for sharing – I’m totally gonna make this in a voile with a back pleat. Thank you!