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What is the best top pattern for voile?
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Date: 5/11/12 2:21 PM

Ladies,

I have gained some weight AND it is getting hot here (northern California). The weight gain is due to a new stressful job. Be that as it may, I have been auditioning patterns in voile and I have been disappointed. Do you have any suggestions?

I am about a US size 20 or 1X. Measurements in inches: 46-44-48.5

I tried Vogue 1247 as it was on the best of 2011 list. It was a wadder. Looked like surgical scrubs and just made me look larger. I am now attempting the Village Blouse from Titus patterns which is basically a keyhole neckline blouse. It looks okay. I so have the HP Sunshine pattern but I don't want anything in knit.

Although, not all these patterns are suitable for voile, here is a set of croquis I drew for summer:
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Date: 5/11/12 4:27 PM

I have used Petite Plus shapely shirt using a cotton lawn. I changed it to a sleeveless style. It turned out really well.
These patterns are for a short, D cup size woman, but could be altered to fit any shape. I like that the bust fit me right out of the envelope.

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Date: 5/11/12 7:17 PM

Sorry, never mind. I posted a dress not a top. I can't think of any non knit ones.

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Date: 5/12/12 0:00 AM

What about the free colette sorbetto tank? I've done it in voile and it turned out very nice. I believe it goes up to size 18, but it has a lot of ease so I would measure the pattern pieces to see if it would work for you.

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Date: 5/12/12 0:28 AM

Thanks for posting your croquis- that's really helpful to see what you're thinking.

I suggest:
* Vogue 8772 that's pictured in a sheer. Don't be dissuaded by the image on the pattern cover as there are several variations to this basic darted shirt. You might like a sleeveless longer tunic or short sleeve version. It resembles your #7 in the first batch of croquis. the sizing goes up to 22, smaller than your measurements. With bigger side seams you'd probably be ok.

* McCalls 6437 a fluid peasant style also shown in sheer and looks like the Titus and Butterick in your 2nd set of croquis. This kind of
style will work with weight fluctuations and comes in W sizing.

Hot Patterns Sunshine Top- calls for knits with only a little stretch, so maybe a stretch woven could work. Also there are so many sheer knits now, that appear like a voile. You can make the body in a stable knit and make neck band in a woven. You might want to reconsider it. I haven't made it yet, but boy it is beloved!

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Date: 5/12/12 1:36 AM

I am a size 22 in Big 4 and most others.
I've made these 2 with great success:

Simplicity 3786- view E have made 2 of these in a lightweight cotton.The little cap sleeve is great for larger upper arms as it doesn't bind. I wore these in Turkey while on holiday- great when walking in the heat.

Burda 7521- view A This is one of the nicest tops I've ever worn! I made it up in a silk/cotton fabric (gift from a friend), which is like a voile to sew and wear, and I have worn it in Queensland in hot, humid weather-excellent. The interesting 'sleeve' treatment is VERY flattering , believe me! It isn't a separate sleeve but looks like one when worn. I found the front pleat, formed for the tie neck to work without a front seam, was a bit tricky (the pattern piece has a squared off section at CF which is then folded to form a pleat which ends up under the tie). The tie forms a collar around the neck, but sits low and is extremely comfortable. I found that some hand sewing was needed with the front squared section to make it easier for me! Having said this, I don't want to put you off this pattern- I love it so much I'm going to make another for next summer, maybe twice more. I have never worn a tie neck blouse in my life, but I'm converted!! It looks fresh and pretty (and my fabric pattern was a bold leaf/shield shape in navy and brown on a white background-not typically 'pretty'!) HTH

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Date: 5/12/12 10:57 AM

Aless, Aren't those little pleats on the Simplicity hard to do? Especially if ones needs a FBA? In fact, I don't think I'd know how to do that. I really like this pattern though and have bought RTW in this style.

Also really love the Burda 7521. Never noticed this pattern before.

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Date: 5/12/12 10:59 AM

Thanks AdaH. I so like this shirt but I wear a US size G bra so I usually stay away from any underbust gathering but it might work. Thank you for the suggestion.

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Date: 5/12/12 11:00 AM

momtoester, I have wanted to make the sorbetto! So many people have done it. I have very large upper arms though so I would have to find some sleeves to fit it.

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Date: 5/12/12 11:06 AM

wendyrb:
Thanks! These also are really good suggestions and I have McCall's 6437!! Have you made it?

I have made the Sunshine top a few times. Sadly they don't fit right now.

On the Vogue pattern, I'm hoping the collar is a basic one and not with a collar stand as I am not up for that much work.

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