Oh, voile, how do I love thee, let me count the ways...
I succumbed to the lure and ordered in some voile cotton fabric to try out. we received about 14 bolts, and after feeling the silky hand of it, i was smitten.
i had heard that people were making clothing from it, and using it to back their quilts, but i had thought, why not just use all the lovely cottons that we already have. well. now I have converted.
the fabric is 54" wide, rather than the standard 44" of most quilting cottons. the threads are really fine in it, and so it takes the printing colors in a really crisp and vivid way-- the back of the fabric looks almost the same as the front, which is a nice feature if you want to use it for a scarf. the drape is lovely,.. i have already sewn up an infinity scarf which i have draped next to the bolts at the store.
if you would like to know more about this fabric, this is a link to a post on the blog of Anna Maria Horner, one of the designers at Free Spirit, who really got the ball rolling on this fabric a few years ago,
this is a link to a post on Twin Fibers blog on how to make some super simple voile scarves, here
(photo from the Twin Fibers blog)
i am currently working on a very simple light as air coverlet which i hope to have in the shop by Monday
to serve as a sample for how it feels when sewn, and i can tell you that so far, it is like a little happy cloud,