Year of the Sleeve – Voile Blouse

Mood Fabrics' Dotted Cotton Voille made into a statement sleeve top using McCall's 7542

 

 

The sleeve for Spring 2017 seems to be the trend to have and I am jumping right onto that trend with both feet arms (in this case).  I just want so many of these looks and styles, which means I will be busy sewing statement sleeves all summer long.  For this look, I went with Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Cotton Voile (sold out) but there are several Mood Fabrics’ Voiles in stock or you can look at Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Swiss for the texture of my blouse.  On another note, Amy used this same fabric for a blouse she made for Mood Sewing Network.

 

I have had this fabric in my stash for a bit but knew it would look great for this McCall’s 7542 top.   I went with View C for the pleated sleeve.

Mood Fabrics' Dotted Cotton Voille made into a statement sleeve top using McCall's 7542 and the sleeve detail

 

 

and another look

Mood Fabrics' Dotted Cotton Voille made into a statement sleeve top using McCall's 7542 view of the pleated sleeve

One thing I did do on the sleeve was to measure the pattern piece for the pleating and then drew lines with my Frixion pen on the wrong side of the fabric.  This really helped keep by pleats straight and even.  I pinned it all in place and then took it to the ironing board to press the pleats.   I sure didn’t want those lines to disappear before I was done getting all those pleats in place.

Mood Fabrics' Dotted Cotton Voille made into a statement sleeve top using McCall's 7542

 

 

This pattern has a separate cup size pattern piece for A/B, C and D, which is a great feature.  I went with a size 12 and a C cup, using the longer length and adding another inch to the length.  My only issue with the pattern is I think it is quite close fitting and seems to have a close fit at the bottom.  I find it just a bit hard to get on and off!

 

Here is the back with a small opening and I used a hook and eye closure.  This would be cute with an exposed zipper also.

Mood Fabrics' Dotted Cotton Voille made into a statement sleeve top using McCall's 7542 - back

 

I loved sewing this fabric, it pressed beautifully and the pleats held nicely on my sleeve.  One change I did make was to use a smaller seam allowance on the upper sleeve., I found it too be too tight in the upper arm.

Mood Fabrics' Dotted Cotton Voille made into a statement sleeve top using McCall's 7542

 

 

I am so excited to have this top made in the Mood Fabrics’ Voile, it will be perfect for our hot and humid days.   Another point about the voile, it seems perfect for this top, nice weight and drape.

This beautiful dotted cotton voile was destined to be made into a great top and I love the look of the pattern and fabric combination.  It is always such a happy moment and good feeling when these two elements come together for a fantastic garment.

 

Mood Fabrics' Dotted Cotton Voille made into a statement sleeve top using McCall's 7542

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Comments


  • Karen
    April 27, 2017

    This is such a cute, on-trend top in a lovely fabric.

    • Lori
      May 5, 2017

      Thank you, Karen, I really like the style.

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    April 27, 2017

    Love your rendition of this pattern Lori. I bought this pattern for it’s sleeves which I’m going to marry to another shirt pattern I have. I think it’s worth to have this pattern actually for it’s sleeves! Love your cotton lawn. I’ve been sewing a lot with this fabric lately and have discovered I love it as much as if not more than silk!

    • Lori
      May 5, 2017

      You are so right, cotton lawn is incredible. Thanks so much and the sleeves on this pattern are all so fun.

  • Grace
    April 27, 2017

    Looks great! I love the dotted swiss look.

    • Lori
      May 5, 2017

      Thank you so much, Grace, the fabric is wonderful.