I finally finished my floral tunic in Anna Maria Horner's 'Coloring Garden Dusk' voile print. I am so glad that it is finished! Despite some frustration with fitting issues, I think it turned out really well.
I purchased the voile from Modern Fabric Studio a couple of months back after I fell in love with the print. I love the blues, pinks and purples. I'd do my mom proud. She'll be so jealous when she sees this floral. This was my first time using voile. I like how thin it is for summer garments but I don't think it's sturdy enough for kids' wear.
Note to petite gals: When looking for printed fabric, try to find prints that are small-scaled. Bigger prints just won't look proportionate and can make you look smaller. I searched a long time to find a small print I liked but it was totally worth it!
Many reviewers also mentioned that the sleeves were a little too poofy. I took out 1/2" fullness at the top of the sleeve and opted for a bias tape band on the edge of the sleeve. It's much more comfortable than a thick band.
I made a small bust adjustment by taking out fullness between the apex of the bust and center front which ended up being a BIG mistake. I explain that in this post. This caused another problem: a tight-fitting neckline. Since I had to cut the neckline down to fix the problem, I couldn't use the mandarin collar pattern piece. Instead, I used some cotton lace, and bias tape on the wrong side, to finish the neckline.
I'm not sure if I'd make this pattern again. If I do, I'd make the small bust adjustment the proper way and then use the mandarin collar. Oh, wait...just kidding, because I can't find the collar piece in my pattern envelope!
Anyway, I won't complain more because it really did turn out nicely and now I have a blouse that can be layered for winter and will be very cool for summer. I absolutely love the pin tucks. It's also really nice to have a woven blouse that fits! Ready-to-wear blouses typically allow for way too much room in the bust and then I end up looking like a 5th grader. I know I'm smarter than a fifth grader so why should I look like one?