Hi Low Voile Tunic

 I can't believe I completely missed posting in May!  May was a super busy month with my middle daughter, Serena, graduating from college; my youngest daughter, Alyssa, going to France, graduation parties, and wrapping up the year at my elementary school job.  Whew! 

I have been itching to sew something for myself for weeks, but wasn't sure what.  I got a catalog in the mail from Soft Surroundings, and I really loved the styles that they presented.  Lots of  simple cotton voile tunics with interesting details like unusual hems. These retail for an average of $70, and I could definitely beat that by making my own.   I knew that we just got in a beautiful shipment of cotton voile for SewBaby, so I shopped my shop (yes, this is the perilous part of being a fabric shop owner- you wouldn't believe the stash that I have!), and found this lovely Aqua Voile.  I had just bought Vogue pattern 8821 and decided to try it out in the voile.

This top pattern has gorgeous lines in the back.  I did not lengthen it, and I am 5'9", so keep that in mind if you are shorter.  It is pretty easy to sew- it does involve quite a bit of narrow hemming to go around the bottom.  I cut a bias strip of self fabric to finish the neckband, instead of using purchased bias tape.  This is much softer, and easy enough to do.

 I had a suspicion that the cotton voile would shrink, so I cut a little more fabric than the pattern called for.  I'm glad I did.  The width shrunk from 60 to 54, and my 2-1/4 piece shrunk to just a little over 2 yards.  So, if you are ordering any, please do allow for shrinkage.  The fabric is heavenly though.  Just so soft, and a lovely drape without any cling. 

Love, love, LOVE IT.  I highly recommend the pattern for the top.  And I will definitely be making more of these for summer.

8 comments

  1. thank goodness you did a shrink test first. Lovely top beautiful colour

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  2. I love, love this top. It looks super on you.I wish it is a style I could wear but It wouldn't look right on me. I'm only 5' 4.5" tall.Darn!

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  3. This looks beautiful on you! I love the way the back hangs with the graceful folds. The color is gorgeous, too.

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  4. Wonderful and breezy! Lovely top for summer. Thanks for the information about the pattern length and the fabric shrinking - this is why blogs like yours are so valuable :-)

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  5. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Did you pre-wash and dry the fabric before cutting out the pattern?

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  6. What size Vogue pattern did you purchase? This looks awesome on you!

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  7. Yes, I did wash the fabric in hot water, and then dried it bone dry to try to get as much shrinkage now, rather than later. I used the size 16, but cut a 14 in the neck and shoulder area. I typically am a L or XL in RTW tops if that helps you compare.

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  8. I love this top! Perfect for any type of occasion. :)

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