Voile Socialite: Take 2

Voile shirt

In the year of our Lord 2010, I am determined to sew more for myself.
And this doesn’t mean more bags
(although I LOVE bags, I think my husband might kick me out of the house to become a bag lady if I add too many more to my collection. hmmmm….maybe I’ll have to give some of the old away so I can make new ones.)
And I am so in love with Anna Maria Horner’s voiles, I knew I had to use them. SO I made myself the Socialite Dress. And it turned out. I’ve worn it a couple of times. It is a comfortable dress.

(Just fyi, if you are like me, I would leave out the pockets because I don’t need any bulk added to my already robust hip area.)

But here is the thing. I hardly ever wear dresses. Like 99.9% of the time, you will see me in jeans. So I decided what I really need to be making are shirts.

Voile shirt

(Maybe I’ll make some pants when my hips shrink about 5 more inches b/c then I wouldn’t be buying the XL pattern. And if you’ve never sewn for yourself let me warn you: VERY rarely are you the same size as what you buy in the store. Like almost never. So when you’re a 6/8 with store-bought and you have to make the size 16 when you sew a pattern….TRY not to flip out. Because it’s just a number. It’s just a number. (I have to tell myself that repeatedly.)

Okay, so back to this.  I wanted to make the Socialite again as a shirt, rather than a dress.  Here is the result.  I think it’s pretty cute.  And on the back, I put 3 rows of shirring.  I feel more confident that I will actually wear this shirt quite frequently.

So do you want to talk more about sewing with voiles?  It’s wonderful to work with!  I put the stitch length down to 2.0 and used pins.  Nothing extra special.  I really do recommend this fabric!  I did not line the shirt, but with this light print, I’m wearing a cami underneath.

I have other Anna Maria Horner projects ready to photograph and share with you.  So the coming week is going to be like an “I love AMH” week.  I’ve put all her fabric on sale for too so we can all share the love.     🙂

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7 Responses to “Voile Socialite: Take 2”


  1. 1 Leigh Ann Tennant March 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I share your AMH love (as well as the hip issue!) and have been thinking of sewing up something for myself in the voiles. Your top is lovely and a great inspiration! I’ll certainly be reading along during your “AMH Love” week!

  2. 2 Alisa March 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

    It’s very nice! Way to go, sewing for yourself.

  3. 3 Lori March 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Wow! The shirt looks great! I have not yet been brave enough to try to sew anything for myself. I’m also a little scared of the voiles and the dobbies. Are they just a cotton with dobs?!? With this kind of terminology it’s a wonder I can sew at all! Preparing a AMH order! I was also thinking of the new dress pattern that’s long. Do you think you could shorten that also? That one is really cool but don’t know if I could really rock strapless or not with the girls if you know what I mean:)

    • 4 Melanie March 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      Yes, Lori! There are 4 options in the pattern! 2 of them are have straps (1 is knee length and 1 is full length). I’ll try to get a decent picture of the back of the pattern so you can view all the options!

  4. 5 Jemellia H. March 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

    That fabric is pretty, the thumbnails that I have been seeing really do not do it justice. Great blouse!

  5. 6 craftapple March 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    It looks great, Melanie! I failed miserably on the peasant shirt. I’m just to flat right “there”. I think I’ll take it to my sewing teacher, whenever I get around to actually taking a lesson.

  6. 7 Jennwith4 March 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Very cute! I need to sew some things for myself as well. =)


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