We had so much fun with our first Stonemountain Spotlight, we decided to do it again! This time, our staff was invited to choose from a beautiful collection of Indian Block Print Voile. Our sewists could use one or a combination of these prints to create garments from our pattern collection. We encouraged them to customize their makes to their liking by embellishing or hacking. Read on to see what our creative team made with these gorgeous fabrics!
This is probably my 4th Wiksten Shift. I think this simple, but versatile pattern, paired with this lightweight fabric, will keep me cool during the warmer months and can be used as a layer, in the colder season. I think it will make a great everyday top.
Rebecca pre-washed her fabric in cold water and dried with medium heat.
I haven’t been wearing dresses as much, which is why I made this pattern into separates. Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of high waisted pants with crop tops, and skirts are gradually rotating into my daily wear. Having more separates will accommodate my current style well. And because the top can wrap in either the front or the back, I can easily change up my look depending on how I’m feeling that day. I’m also thinking of wearing the top with a turtle neck underneath so that I can wear it more this winter.
Olivia used Indian Block Print Voile – Scattered Crosses in Indigo to create her Papercut Axis skirt and wrap top.
I made the dress into separates! For the top, I lengthened it by 1 inch and fully lined it instead of using a facing. For the skirt, I moved the darts towards the center back about 1 inch. For the skirt zipper, I put it in the side seam instead of the center back (I often have to take skirts and pants in at the center back, and wanted to more easily allow for that once the skirt was sewn up).
For the bodice, Olivia made size 4 and the skirt she made size 5 at the waist and 6 at the hip. She machine washed delicate/cold, and tumble dried low.
Tamsin decided to combine all three colorways of the Indian Block Print Voile in Checkerboard for her True Bias Ogden Cami, which she hacked into a tiered dress. She made a made the size 16 and machine washed cold, tumble dried low.
It’s floaty and comfy and will get a lot of wear! The fabric was very crisp and easy to work with. I just wish I would have bought extra fabric for more voluminous ruffles!
Christine chose to work with the Indian Block Print Voile – Scribble Floral in Black for her Penny Dress from Sew Over It. She pretreated her fabric by washing it warm and tumble drying it medium. She used regular biodegradable detergent.
The only part of this garment that is not my typical style is the elastic. I typically wear garments without elastic. This dress was a quick one evening project for an advanced sewist.
Christine didn’t make any modifications to the pattern, but does plan on adding a single pocket to the side seam of the skirt. She made the size 8.
This pattern only took a few hours to make, but in a fun fabric like this it makes a big statement. And this block print voile is very soft and light, so it’s basically as comfy as a t-shirt.
Catherine machine washed the fabric on cold and tumble dried. She made a size 3.
I did a small forward shoulder adjustment and made a skinnier detached tie instead of the sewn-in ties. I also changed the construction by sewing the sleeves in flat so that I could do French seams more easily. A loop turner really came in handy for turning out that long, thin tie belt. I love the fabric and the sleeves, but I’m not used to wearing tops in this length. I think it will get more wear tucked in to high-waisted pants and skirts.
Bora went with a mix of two block prints in crimson to create her modified Grainline Scout Tee. She cropped the pattern two inches from the hem and added a ruffle along the neckline. Instead of turning the seam allowance down below the neckline she left it visible to show the contrast bias tape she made.
I don’t usually wear a lot of red! But this red is so rich. I also really like how the block print isn’t totally precise. I like that I can see where another person interacted with this fabric.
I was excited to find a print that had a look that was both organic and kind of delicate gothic-romantic; it’s unique and feels very autumnal to me. The fabric is very lightweight cotton, and was easy to work with.
Marissa made the Kalle Shirt from Closet Case in a size 12 in the Indian Block Print Voile – Scribble Floral in Black.
She added a dartless FBA (instructions on the Closet Case blog) to keep the front of the shirt flat, as drafted. Although she was skeptical (she had not tried a dartless FBA before), the instructions were clear, and it worked perfectly. Marissa also lengthened the front and back by 4 inches because the original crop was too short for her torso. She omitted the top button and the pocket.
I don’t usually wear button-down shirts because store-bought ones don’t fit me correctly, but making one to fit my exact measurements is a game-changer! I love the look of this shirt with black jeans and clogs, and in cooler weather I’ll definitely wear it with a bright miniskirt, leggings, and a cardigan.
I love wearing dresses and this is one of my favorite patterns. This is something I will wear on a regular basis.
Kim made this dress her own by adding length to the sleeves and tea dyed piping at the bodice.
I love having it as two pieces – the top will go with so much in my wardrobe and the skirt will be fun to wear with boots and a black top for a variation. This Indian import has a very soft and drapey feel to it. It’s so easy to wear and doesn’t wrinkle very much. I also love how unique the dyed print is and how it can be worn in any season!
I love the variation in the printing. Each piece is hand stamped making every part unique!
Liz made the Roscoe Blouse from True Bias in our Indian Block Print Voile – Sparkle Stars – Crimson. She sized down to a size 4 and says she still has plenty of ease. She also decided to crop it at her waist and add a ruffle. To achieve her gathers, Liz used elastic thread in her bobbin to create gathers rather than using a basting stitch.
It will fit perfectly into my fall wardrobe! I actually have multiple pairs of shoes that match it. I think it will be great layered with sweaters and boots once the weather cools down.
Natalie chose to work with the Indian Block Print Voile – Scribble Squares in Black. She hacked the bodice of the Papercut Meridian Dress with the skirt of the Seren Dress from Tilly and the Buttons. She lowered the neckline about 1.5″ to 2″, lengthened the skirt of the Seren by 3″. She also added fullness to the sleeves of the Meridian using the slash and spread method and finished the sleeves with an elasticated cuff.
I had such a blast designing this dress with existing patterns! I wasn’t 100% sure I would like the outcome of this experiment, but I’m so glad I took the risk and did it. It was a chance for me to push myself outside of my sewing comfort zone and I highly recommend it!
Natalie washed warm and tumble dried hot for maximum shrinkage. She says she will likely wash cold and hand dry, now that the garment is made, to preserve the dye and fabric.
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