We love our summer semi-sheer fabrics. They offer the opportunity to waft and float that we miss in the winter months when clothes have to actually keep us warm. This floating blue spotted cotton voile fabric is a beautiful glowing shade of blue – but very slightly muted. It’ll be fabulous with denim and summer whites.
What kind of fabric is this?
This is a 1oo% cotton fabric; we’d describe it as a semi-sheer (i.e. not quite see-through). It has the look of a cotton lawn with its fine weave, but it’s just a little lighter-weight and not as opaque as a lawn usually is.
Tips for working with sheer fabrics such as this one include:
- Spray your fabric with a fine starch spray before cutting in order to stabilise the fabric on your cutting table
- Use a fine ‘Sharp’ needle for stitching
- Reduce your stitch length a little
- Don’t stitch back-and-forth at the beginning and end of a seam! Leave long bobbin and spool threads for tying-off. You can also gently hold the tension on these threads behind your presser foot to ease the fabric through as you start to stitch
- Use French seams as a means of strengthening your seams as well a finishing them tidily.
- Test your machine on an off-cut before starting on the garment itself.
What does this fabric feel like?
Our blue spotted cotton voile fabric has a very smooth handle. It has the texture and close weave of a high-quality cotton lawn – but it’s noticeably finer. It’s cool and soft next to the skin.
How does this fabric move?
This fabric floats on the air and drapes with soft, slightly angular folds. You can see how it behaves in this video.
Do I need to line this fabric?
Sheer and semi-sheer fabrics are normally used as a layer over other garments or as a deliberately semi-see-through design element in a garment. For that reason lining is usually counter-productive. However if you wanted to create a dress with this blue spotted cotton voile fabric then you could do so, either with a double layer of the fabric or over a slip or suitably-coloured lining.
What can I make with this fabric?
French seams will be the order of the day for making up this blue spotted cotton voile fabric. They’ll provide an elegant finish as well as a little definition for your finished garment. Blouses, tops, unstructured robes and overshirts will all be options for this fabric although as a semi-sheer fabric you’ll want to consider camisoles or layering as a means of bringing a little modesty to the party.
We love the spirit embodied in the Venus Robe pattern shown here – we think it would be the perfect design for our blue spotted cotton voile fabric – and a great design to try if you’re new to sewing with sheer fabrics.
Alternatively you could simply opt for a beautifully hand-hemmed scarf to drift over your shoulders.
We recommend hand-washing this fabric – see our Fabric care pages for more information.