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Apr 24, 2015

Oh, You Beautiful Voile!



Today I started my latest project, a shirt made from the gray floral cotton voile I purchased last month at Elliott Berman.  It's a very delicate, finely woven fabric from France.

This is going to be a short-sleeved summer shirt; the pattern I'm using is in-print Vogue 8889.  I've made this pattern twice before, once in white and once in pale yellow (pics below).  If there's enough fabric left over -- and I believe there will be -- I may make a tunic top for my mother.









I've cut my fabric and started sewing.  Since there are two side front pieces and two side back side pieces (in addition to regular fronts and backs), there's a lot of seaming to be done; all flat-felled.





The front will have a covered button placket.





I hope to finish this weekend; short-sleeved shirts are much quicker to make since there are no cuffs and no sleeve plackets to make.

I leave you with some pics of my Mom -- she's doing well and boy, is she spoiling the dogs!  (A grandmother's prerogative, I suppose.)







Have a great day, everybody!

18 comments:

  1. Gorgeous fabric and beautiful technique, as always. Lucky little dogs, too! Glad your mom is doing so well.

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  2. That dog could not look any happier! LOL - well, almost as happy and cheery as your mom :)

    The shirt looks wonderful! Would love to follow a shirt sew-along if you ever do one.

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  3. That shirt will be beautiful. A covered front placket is such an elegant detail isn’t it? Do you make all the buttonholes at once when you do a covered placket? I always find it easier to make the top button hole (the one sitting just below the seam that attaches the collar band to the shirt) before I finish the placket and attach the collar band and collar. But the rest of the buttonholes wait till I have done the side seams and can get that important button at the centre bust place so there is no gaping. That last isn’t an issue for men of course. Also lovely to see you Mum looking so well. I hope all in your home are flourishing.

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  4. This is going to be gorgeous - love flat felled seams and covered plackets.

    Your mother is looking great. Lucky grand-dogs :)

    Spud

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  5. I love the photo of your mom and the dog. The dog couldn't look any more content. The white shirt is a great looking shirt.

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  6. So happy to hear your mum is doing well!
    The two shirts you've already made are wonderful. I think the fit is spot on. Can't wait for the finished voile one.

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  7. Peter, you are a shirt making pro. You should do your own crafty's course. Your mom looks happy and your dog(s) look very content. Dogs make life wonderful!

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  8. If your Mom every tries to move out I'm sure the pups will organize a protest!

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  9. Your Mom looks great and certainly the dogs will rebel when she moves out!

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  10. That is going to be one gorgeous shirt.

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  11. Aw, glad to hear your mom is doing well! Oh, and the voile shirt looks like it will look very cool and breezy-very good for summer! :)

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  12. That little dog is the picture of bliss. Glad to see your mom looking so well, too.

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  13. Don't leave her alone with Micheal!!!

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  14. Will have to buy that pattern, it's a great fit! Love to see a slimmer fit on a man's shirt.

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  15. OMG are those dogs loving your mother!!! So cute.
    I love the fabric, wish I had 4 yards of it! It'll make a great shirt you'll wear all summer.

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  16. Glad to see your mom doing so well. Those are awfully happy dogs. LOL I don't think she'll ever be allowed to leave!

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  17. Your mom looks great and Willy is clearly happy to have her there.

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  18. Love the fabric! Button plackets make me think I could handle machine made buttonholes . . . I may have to find a pattern that has that design feature.

    Glad to hear your mom it doing well. And I am very familiar with that particular Chihuahua pose which reminds me of t-rex arms and frog legs.

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