Red Voille for a Fun Summer Blouse
Happy July everyone and summer is in full force. I can’t complain here in Missouri we have had one of the best summers ever, most of the time in the 80′s and plenty of rain. The rain is very important here in farmland and it makes for a very happy husband, too.
I ordered this beautiful red floral cotton voile a couple months ago and unfortunately it is sold out. Never fear, Mood Fabric’s cotton voile selection is filled with amazing prints and colors. I really love sewing with cotton voille, it presses beautifully and is so easy to sew. Not to mention, it is lightweight, breathable and cool for summer. I went with McCall’s 6702 for a sleeveless blouse and went with View A. One of the reasons I purchased this pattern was for the collar and the placket of this pattern. While sewing my top, the pattern had great construction and no buttons for a sleek, simple look. The flared style isn’t one I usually wear but for summer I thought it would be nice and the voile worked so nicely. This top does run large and I went down a size, cutting a size 10. I think the fit is great through the shoulders and back.
Another reason I went with this pattern, just take a look at the back. The back was the best feature, a bit of fun for summer built into a top. One more plus on this back opening, it isn’t too low.
I like the high-low hem for the blouse, which is very gradual on this top. The pattern calls for bias tape to finish the lower edge of the back and the armholes. I used the cotton voile to make bias and it worked perfectly. The upper back is a nice finish on this blouse, two pieces for the yoke. One for the yoke and one for the facing, finishes the top edge of the opening perfectly.
I plan on making this sleeveless version again and might taper a bit for a waistline, just not too much or I would loose the ease to get the pullover top on. One more detail on the placket, it is deep but doesn’t gape open at all. I believe this is the nice contour designed for the placket piece. The pattern comes straight up from the bottom of the placket, then has a nice gentle curve to shape for front neck edge.
I hope your summer is a beautiful one and if it is a bit too hot, sew some voile for a cool summer garment.