Embroidered Cotton Voile Shirt with Italian Collar


Spring is here!

In anticipation of warmer weather, a few months ago I picked up two beautiful embroidered cotton voiles from Mood Fabrics in New York City.  This month I present the first project I’ve made with one of them.  Do check out Mood’s online selection of embroidered cotton voiles here.

I’ve had vintage Butterick 2305, which dates from around 1963, in my stash for some time. It has a type of collar that was new to me, an “Italian” collar that is sewn very similar to a shawl collar, with facings that extend from the front to the back center neck. I had a feeling my embroidered cotton voile would be perfect for this style shirt and I was right. There’s a “dolce vita” feeling to this shirt that I can’t quite explain, but it makes me want to stroll down the Ponte Vecchio with Claudia Cardinale on my arm — or better yet, Marcello Mastroianni.





Sewing an embroidered voile shirt is a little trickier than regular cotton shirting. The fabric is semi-sheer, so instead of using fusible interfacing on the facings, which might have shown through the front, I used black polished cotton from my stash. The heavier black cotton also supported the buttonholes and buttons beautifully.




I love this shirt and I can’t wait to work with my other embroidered cotton — stay tuned for the results!

Thanks for reading!




  • Karen
    April 9, 2017

    Nice shirt from a fab retro pattern. You do this so well. Good call on using the black cotton for interfacing.

  • Claudia Wade
    April 10, 2017

    Gorgeous shirt! Great interfacing choice too. That collar is awesome!

  • Rick Gonyo
    April 10, 2017

    You look great in it. You always do a great with the sewing,etc.

  • Amanda S.
    April 10, 2017

    Awesome! I love the fabric, fit, and cool factor.

  • Clio
    April 12, 2017

    Beautiful! What a great spring shirt.

  • Fiona
    April 15, 2017

    A work of art again Peter. Love that Italian vibe on you! So stylish