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How to Use Voile in a Sewing Project

Learn how to use voile in a sewing project from founder Cynthia Mann in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Cynthia Mann and we're here today at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Hi, I'm Melissa Lunden; I'm the resident seamstress here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog tutorials and sew samples of Birch's line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. So, let's talk about how to use voile. Voile is a lightweight semi-sheer fabric that's made from cotton. As you can see, it's got a beautiful drape. It's a little bit sheer and if you could feel it, you could tell that it's got a really nice, smooth, a little slippery, silky feel to it. A great way to use voile is for lightweight summer clothing. You can use it for bath robes, night gowns. You can, some people have used it for making baby quilts which would make it, make something so soft. If you're using voile for sewing a garment, you might want to line it since it is a little sheer and depending on what you're making and who you're making it for, a little layer of modesty might be kinda nice. One of the things about voile is that because it's kinda silky and lightweight, it's a little bit slippery so it does take a little while to get used to working with it but after you tried it out a little bit, you get the hang of it. You might need to pin it a little bit more than maybe, you would a regular quilting weight cotton but it makes a really beautiful garment.

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