This month Free Spirit is celebrating Amy Butler. There’s a lot to celebrate, let me tell you. Amy’s Brightheart collection is in stores this month–quilting cottons, sateens and voiles. As the lucky One Fabric Nation blogger tasked with promoting Amy’s collection, I wanted to start with the voiles. In future posts I’ll cover the quilting cottons and sateens. But for now…voile!
I love, love, love Free Spirit’s voile. After you launder it, it is wonderfully soft and drapes beautifully. Combine that incredible hand with Amy’s delightful prints and you have the perfect beginning for any number of garments.I received a yard of each voile print. Not enough to make a dress unless I did some patchwork. But the piecing idea appealed to me, so I grabbed a favorite skirt pattern (read that as “super easy and ridiculously quick”) and started playing with the green colorway.The skirt I made is midway between view C & D in length. The two bottom pieces are attached to a solid voile. This hidden bit acts as a slip and keeps things modest. The upper section flows freely from the waist. Basically, you have two skirts joined at the waist.
You can divide the skirt into as many pieces as you wish. Make skinny bands or wide bands. Mix them up. Add trim along a seam. It’s a canvas for your creativity. Just remember, when marking your pattern piece for cutting lines, add seam allowances for each piece. For the halter top, I simply draped the leftover fabric on the dress form and started pinning and cutting. However, there are many patterns available to make things easier for you including Amy’s Sunburst halter dress pattern. Search Etsy for vintage halters and dresses with halter bodices.
When sewing with voile, keep these tips in mind:
- Use a 70/10 needle and be sure it’s not dull
- Pre-wash the yardage as there will be shrinkage
- For a traditionally finished seam, use a French seam
- Pin pieces before sewing as the fabric will shift
When it comes to suitability for garments, choose patterns that specifically call for voile, lawn or batiste. These are all lightweight sheer fabrics. If a pattern doesn’t specify, or if you’re unsure, choose patterns with flowing, drapey designs. Think wide leg, drawstring lounge pants and boho skirts. Think loose blouses and flowing robes and caftans.With summer underway in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to sew some comfortable garments. Voile is just the thing. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you have plenty of time to mull it over before making a decision. Either way, here are the 9 prints in Amy’s Brightheart voile to drool over:Those luscious pinks are next on my list. What about you? Have some favorites?