I’ll admit it. This week I threw away a sewing project. It was a dress that I had been working on and off for the last couple of years. A few weeks back I told you all I was going to complete it soon and would show you. Well, I’m sorry but my vanity has reared its ugly head and I just couldn’t take a picture of myself in the dress. I decided that I needed to let the project go and just toss it. I had wisely chosen to make the pattern from some fabric that I had bought for a dollar a yard before attempting it in the fabric I really wanted to use, an Anna Maria Horner Voile.
So that left me with some beautiful voile fabric and decisions to make on how to use it. I have been collecting the voile for some time with the intention of using it in something. But what? And then my friend Kelly posted a pic of some lovely pillow cases that she made from another voile and I knew what I needed to do. Copy her.
As it turns out, I really copied her by even using the same tutorial. I didn’t realize that until tonight. lol. But the tutorial is Ashley’s and it’s lovely. It was everything I was looking for in a tutorial and I was so happy that I didn’t have to write it myself. Yeah for following someone else’s pattern!
The voile needs to be cut down a bit for the tutorial since it uses a 45″ width fabric and the voile is larger. I also wasn’t too keen on trying to match up stripes running in the opposite direction for the cuff (see the pattern to see what I mean) so I searched through my stash looking for a good match to this pretty pastry voile. The Joel Dewberry fabric jumped out at me and said “Use me! Use me” I’m such a good neutral!” I swear. It really said that. Remember, my fabric talks.
I’m so pleased because this project turned out perfectly. I love it when that happens. I love them and even better, my husband loves them. We’ve been using them all weekend and they’ve been great. I think I may make all of my pillowcases from now on. I’d love to make some flannel ones as well. I’m slowly surrounding my family in hand made items that are truly better than something I could have bought. Wait until you see the tutu I’m making for the girlie!
19 thoughts on “Living in Luxury or at least in Voile”
i've used that tutorial about a dozen times and it never gets old, i love it too! the voile must be so soft!! they look great 🙂
Beautiful – I bet they're a dream (ha! no pun intended) to sleep on.
That voile is lovely. Too bad your dress didn't work out… but these gorgeous pillow cases will surely get more use!
Yep! A convert just like me! I hurry and wash my voile pillow cases so I can put them right back on! I guess that means I should make a few more so I can have a rotation, huh? Yours turned out beautifully!
ooooh voile pillows – what luxury
Oooh, those look lovely, hmm, maybe I need to get some of that stuff…
Viole is so soft – it feels like silk. I made DgD a twirl skirt and top from some. Now I may make me some pillowcases!
Something good happened while that project marinated. The dress told you what it really wanted to be!
Mmmm… voile pillowcases sound so luxurious!
It's such a nice idea to make just pillowcases, even if one can't make queen-sized sheets.
They look so cute! That's my favorite voile print.
YOU GOT VOILE FOR $1/YD????!!!!
No! lol I got the original fabric for a $1 a yard that I had tried to make the dress from. I knew better than to try it with the expensive voile. 😉
Yep, sometimes, you just have to pull the plug. I've got some voile that may end up being pillowcases as well (unless I can get off my butt and make the PJ set I've been planning).
Beautiful pillowcases. And I bet they're very comfy!
Gorgeous pillowcase! Nice job.
i bet your head feels like it is in heaven! lovely lovely lovely!
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I make pillowcases for my grandchildren for each special holiday/event. so much fun!