Despite the absence of grown-up sewing on this blog for a long while, I have been sewing for myself quite a bit over the past few months. But somehow, asking my (very obliging) husband to take photos of me and then posting them on the internet is not always on the top of my list of favorite things to do, so I’ve been holding out.
Now, it’s time to come clean and show you what I’ve been up to.
Here are two versions of the Beatrix Top from Made By Rae, which came out this past summer.
I think this is a great pattern — very similar to the Scout Tee by Grainline Studios, but less boxy with the addition of darts.
The button placket on the back adds a lot of interest, and can be made in a contrast fabric. It’s also surprisingly simple to put together.
The fit is very forgiving for those of us who have a thicker post baby mid-section, which is always a relief 🙂
Another nice thing about this pattern is that you don’t need to unbutton it to pull it on and off over your head. I’m thinking of making one with the back in one piece, much like the Scout Tee, but with a better fit.
But the double gauze Beatrix turned out to be wildly larger than the voile in the width. It’s crazy how different fabrics behave! I took that one in quite a bit on the sides, and could probably stand to take in a bit more.
Another thing I noticed with the double gauze is that, despite diligent use of interfacing, the placket very quickly looks a bit pulled at the buttons — even though it’s not tight at all. A possible solution might be to sew the placket pieces together down the center back together so the buttons are actually not functional. What do you think?