Before my time here at Colette, I worked at a pretty awesome little fabric store in Los Angeles. Between teaching classes and swooning over gorgeous fabrics every day, I was in my element. It was there that I delighted over April Rhode’s first collection, Arizona.
What really struck me about this collection was the variety of wearable prints, the gorgeous substrates, and the subtle but dynamic color palette.
Flash forward to today, and I am still really digging April Rhode’s fabric. So naturally when I was approached to sew something pretty for the Observer Blog Tour I jumped at the opportunity.
When my fabric arrived in the mail I was more than a little excited. Art Gallery’s cotton voile is so dreamy and feather-light that it’s possible that it is woven by cherubs from the hair of unicorns. Maybe I am being a bit hyperbolic, but seriously this fabric is so soft and delightful. Surprisingly these qualities do not make it a challenging sew. Armed with a fresh microtex needle and a sharp rotary blade I was able to breeze through this project.
Cotton voile, though super smooth and lovely can have a tendency to be transparent, so you either have to line it or make something that embraces transparent vibes. I chose the latter.
I am getting married next week and will be visiting Costa Rica on my honeymoon. I knew that this beautiful cut of voile would make a gorgeous Mojave dress that I could wear as a swimsuit coverup on my trip, but I fully plan to wear this number next spring layered over a lightweight knit slip.
Mojave is as easy to make as it is to wear. Its plunging neckline and longer hem length make it super cute and a little sexy in this semi-sheer fabric. I graded from a 10 in the shoulders to a 14 in the hip, which for me is a pretty typical adjustment, and followed the pattern instructions exactly. I did; however, choose to stitch the back neck facing down to make it a bit easier to wear and travel with. I also chose to match the print, offering a more polished look.
Thank you April for inviting me to join in on the Observer Tour! Next up on the blog tour is the lovely Heather of Closet Case Files. Be sure to check out her blog post on Monday, October 3rd. You can also check out her makes on Instagram. I, for one, can’t wait to see what she makes.
You can see the full Observer Fabric Tour line-up on April’s blog, and the selection of gorgeous fabric offerings below.