Summer Beatrix Top
Posted on Wednesday the 19th June 2019 by Oak Blue Designs
Hello there! I am very excited to share with you today about making the Beatrix Top from Made by Rae. This is my first Made by Rae pattern and I love it!! I was inspired by this lovely version of the Beatrix top, made in double gauze as well.
I picked a beautiful Double Gauze by Atelier Brunette from Minerva to pair with this pattern. The rust splatters in the fabric are my favorite!
I’ve found that I’m lacking dressier tops in my handmade wardrobe. After picking this top, I was excited to find lots of resources available on Rae’s website for the pattern. There is a Sewalong included broken down into eight days. There are also multiple versions of the top shown on Rae’s blog, with information about the fabrics selected.
There are some neat options included in the pattern. I wanted to share the pattern description:
“Beatrix is a button-back pullover top with a simple silhouette that is both comfortable and flattering.With two views that offer different sleeve lengths, button placket options, and a shirt-tail or banded hem, this is a truly versatile pattern for woven fabrics. Included are six sizes (XS-XXL) with two different front bodice pieces to fit either A/B or C/D cup sizes. This modern wardrobe basic is sure to become a new favorite!”
I also wanted to share the line drawings, size chart and meterage images as well for reference:
2m Atelier Brunette Terrazzo Cotton Gauze Dress Fabric
Blue Sewing Thread
75/11 sewing needles
6 buttons, 1/2” or 3/8”
Lightweight fusible interfacing
Size: Small graded to a Medium at the waist/hips
Fabric: Chambray Cotton
I used buttons and a cotton chambray fabric in my stash for the muslin.
I LOVED all of the details included in the pattern. I really geeked out at the level of instruction that Rae includes. I decided to underline portions of the pattern as I read through it, to help break it up (like the seam allowance).
She walks through making a muslin for the pattern and includes tips on how to cut corners to make the toile more quickly.
She has the Back pattern piece marked with an optional cut line for the variation of omitting the button band (cutting it out on the fold). The button placket is not needed to put the top on or off of your body, it is purely decorative. I thought about removing the button feature for the muslin, but I decided to keep it in. I love buttons. The muslin buttons are fun, mismatched, tile inspired buttons that I wanted to pair with the chambray. I like to be intentional about materials that I use for a muslin so that if it fits well, it can be wearable afterwards.
I was happy with the fit of the muslin. I did find that I would enjoy the top more in lighter weight garment fabrics then chambray. I like the chambray but the drape is slightly boxier than a double gauze, rayon challis or voile.
I sampled the button hole on scrap fabric, to test the length. A template is included in the pattern for placement of the six buttons. I referenced the center points for the buttons and adjusted the starting point for the buttonholes from the sample fabric.
As I shared about lightweight fabrics, I saw this post on Rae’s blog sharing her top 5 fabrics for clothing.
Size: Same as the muslin, Small graded to a Medium at the Waist/Hips.
Fabric: Double Gauze by Atelier Brunette from Minerva.
I debated on two different button options for the final top (from my stash). One is made with bamboo and the other is acrylic with a plastic shank.
I loved the contrast look of the cloud buttons but I decided to check the weight of each button to decide.
I decided to go with the lighter weight hexagon button, thinking about the airy, lightweight quality of double gauze fabric. The hexagon buttons are ½” wide and I purchased them via Arrow Mountain.
I admittedly didn’t make many mods to this pattern (I loved it as is).
I found this helpful fabric width conversion chart to share with the pattern. The Beatrix instructions give yardage/meterage lengths for 44” and 54” fabric widths. The Atelier Brunette fabric that I selected is 56” wide, so the conversion chart is helpful to reference for selecting how much fabric to purchase.
One detail in the construction that I LOVED was that she has you stitch in the ditch of the shoulder seam to tack down the neckband facing. The result is invisible and is so helpful to keep the neckline facing in place. I left the tail thread from this seam in place in the photo below to show the invisible seam.
The final version of the top is my FAVORITE. I love how the double gauze just floats on your body as you wear it. This was my first time working with a fabric by Atelier Brunette and I’m quite in love. Lighter weight fabrics are definitely ones that I tend to get the most wear out of in the warmer months. I know a lot of people enjoy making garments out of quilting cottons. I’ve found for me, my preference leans more toward enjoying the drape in lighterweight garment fabrics.
I would really enjoy making this top again in a rayon challis. I think it would be fun to sew View B with the banded bottom and back. This version would be handy to pair with special pieces of scrap fabrics from my stash. I also love that a 3/4 sleeve option is included.
This pattern is so lovely, from the thorough instructions to the finished garment details. I really see this pattern as a wardrobe staple for me. I may be coming back to this one in the future to share a few more versions with you.