Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

I tell you, I love the hum of  my sewing machine, it relaxes me, calms me, makes me happy.  It is just the perfect hobby and activity.   Now add to the hum of my sewing machine,  The Great British Sewing Bee playing on my laptop in the sewing room and it just doesn’t get much better than that.  As I was working on my blouse from White/Black Geometric Voile, the show just inspired me to do an even better job.

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

I was imagining May and Patrick critiquing my garment and suggesting other options: The critiques would be positive comments on parts of the garment well done and all was right in the world during this time.   Also,  all the participants on the show, who love to sew and create garments, were around me and it was like having my sewing room full of friends.

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

I selected Grainline Studio’s Archer Button-up Shirt for the voile and went to work on sewing a garment worthy of the Sewing Bee.  I decided to use white quilting cotton for facings on this shirt, as the voile has incredible texture but two layers would be too much thickness.  I also posted a picture on Instagram for help with the pockets, a significant feature of this pattern but they were getting lost in the pattern design.  Several suggested piping and others bias binding, I went with the piping.  A nice touch at the top of the pockets for some added interest.  I added piping to the back yoke as well.

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

Please note this pattern runs larger, as it is a boyfriend style and it is long, too.  I always have to add an inch to the body and sleeve on my garments and did on this shirt.  I took it off the body but the cuffs were already completed and look at the great detail on the cuff.  Here are a few of the shirt details and wonderful close-ups of this fabulous fabric

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants<

I have finally found a great pant pattern, Burda 7447, used on my first Mood Sewing Network post, and I pulled it out again to make a new pair from Rose Denim.

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

They’re a perfect weight for spring and summer, plus a nice contrast to the white/black cotton voile. I make these pants with the more tapered bottom as shown on the envelope.  My thoughts were to roll them up in a cropped look.

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

A few more details on the blouse, I recut the pockets four times.  I wanted the polka dots on the pockets to match with the fabric.  It took some time but I did succeed, thanks Patrick Grant for the inspiration.

 

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

I did take in this top on the sides seams by at least 2-3 sizes, something I will take into account cutting out my next one.  Yes, next one and I already have the linen from Mood Fabrics on my cutting table.

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

The mint belt is a perfect pop of color for this outfit and one of the things I like the best about the white/black cotton voile is the spring trend for this color combination.  With the blouse predominantly white, I can wear this trend and the color looks good on me.  (black isn’t a good color on me, makes those good old dark circles pop right on out).

Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

Today, I just drove around in the country and took pictures for the post and found some places to take some photos.  I hope you enjoy the pictures of the rural area and the sights of spring emerging after a very long winter.

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Comments


  • Peter
    April 24, 2013

    Great outfit. Well done!

    • Lori
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks, Peter.

  • Lauren
    April 24, 2013

    This turned out great! I love all the versions of this pattern that I keep seeing around. Did you find the voile was opaque enough on it’s own to not need an underlining?

    • Lori
      April 24, 2013

      Thank you, Lauren. It is an amazing pattern and the voille was perfect for no underlining. It is a tighter weave and bit thicker not to show through at all.

  • Amanda S.
    April 24, 2013

    Great outfit, Lori!

    • Lori
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda.

  • oonaballoona
    April 24, 2013

    you make the chic-est things look FUN!!

    • Lori
      April 24, 2013

      Oh, Oona, that is the best compliment, I really appreciate it. I know these garments will be favorites.

  • Carolyn
    April 24, 2013

    Lori – I love the touch of black that you added to the shirt and I love how you’ve made an outfit that reflects your lifestyle! Beautiful!

    • Lori
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn, this will be such a fun outfit to wear.

  • Michelle
    April 24, 2013

    This is FAB! I love the fabric! And, your shirt looks perfect paired with those cute cropped pants.

    • Lori
      April 24, 2013

      Michelle, you are so right, it is FAB fabric. Thanks so much.

  • Lisa
    April 24, 2013

    Another great outfit Lori. I love the color combo. I have been on the fence about that pants pattern, but you have swayed me. I am definately going to pick it up and give it a try. I hope mine turn out half as good as yours.

    • Lori
      April 25, 2013

      Thanks, Lisa, it is a nice pattern, goes together pretty effortlessly. Good luck.

  • Kay
    April 24, 2013

    The outfit is so nice. I love the jeans.

    • Lori
      April 25, 2013

      Thanks, Kay, I love my jeans, too. It is such a great shade of pink.

  • crystalpleats
    April 25, 2013

    Lori, you look fantastic. I love both pieces you have sewn and they look great together. You have a great eye for style and seem to have the knack for sewing eye-catching AND very wearable clothes. I hope I can sew a successful pair of pants from this pattern someday.

    • Lori
      April 25, 2013

      Thank you so much Crystal. I really appreciate your comments and good luck on the pants.

  • Manju
    April 25, 2013

    Love your whole outfit Lori…I HAVE to get the archer pattern! I especially love your trousers though. Love the colour and the fit. And the scenery is fab too!

    • Lori
      April 25, 2013

      Thank you, Manju, it is a fabulous pattern and I just want to make so many more! The denim is such a soft denim, I will enjoy wearing those pants all spring and summer

  • Ginger
    April 25, 2013

    What a great outfit! I love both of these pieces, and they look especially cool together!

    • Lori
      April 25, 2013

      Thank you, Ginger, this will be one of my favorites.

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 26, 2013

    Great shirt, Lori! Very crisp and fresh looking – love your styling too 🙂

    • Lori
      April 26, 2013

      Thank you, Sarah

  • anne jewell
    April 27, 2013

    you could wear this outfit every day and not get tired of it!

    • Lori
      April 30, 2013

      Thanks Anne, I agree with you totally

  • Amy
    April 28, 2013

    What a great version of the Archer! And, your color and pattern combo between your top and pants (and belt!) are perfect. I often can’t think past basic jeans. Next time I’ll have to channel you for inspiration!

    • Lori
      April 30, 2013

      Thanks you, Amy, they are a fun pair of jeans. Also, I cannot wait to make more Archer blouses