I’m back today with a project for me. This is the Voila blouse by Cali Faye Collection.
This is the second voila that I’ve made. I took pictures of the other one as well, but I’ll save it for another post so I don’t inundate you with my awkwardness all at once…tee hee.
Anyway, this version is my favorite of the two- which ended up surprising me because it’s flannel and I had no clue how it would hang in this style. But, it is THE COMFIEST. And, it just kind of goes with my winter wardrobe (a.k.a. jeans + cardigans + runny noses).
I cut my pattern between the M and L lines, which is generally what I’ve been doing when sewing for me. The bodice fits great- most importantly, it feels perfect around my arms and chest…it doesn’t pull tight when I reach for things, or when I’m bending down to get something. Really, it’s just a nice, forgiving fit.
Now, the skirt piece.
Holy lotsa fabric! Would you believe me when I say I narrowed these by cutting 8 inches from the front piece, and 8 inches from the back? Can you picture this with 16 more inches of width?!?!! I know! It’s nuts… I’m not sure there is a perfect fabric out there that would look okay with all that width. Luckily, the flannel isn’t all that billowy, but I think you should also consider narrowing the skirt pieces significantly, regardless of your fabric choice if you happen make this pattern.
Oh, and I did lengthen this because I lengthen everything.
I purchased this flannel locally at Les Fabriques, and it was a no-namer. I liked the thin yellow lines running through, and I happened to have a yellow gauze shirt in the same shade, so I hacked up for the bodice lining.
I love how the neckline is wider at the back. Thank you, old self for not tattooing anything scary back there!
So, I would definitely recommend this pattern to a beginner. It’s really an easy sew. However, the directions are a bit sparse. No one is telling you to press anything or finish a seam, so you just have to use your common sewing sense- no biggie, but I could see how that could bother some of you type-A’s out there.
I’ll be back soon with another Voila (hint: first ever double gauze!).