Well it’s my turn again to post for the blogger team and boy that’s come around quickly!
I didn’t have much trouble in deciding what to choose as my project this time around as I have been absolutely obsessed with denim of late, as you have probably noticed if you have been checking out my YouTube channel. Over the past couple of months I have made dungarees, jeans, dresses, skirts and tops all out of denim and I love it. So when I saw that Sewisfaction were stocking the lovely Beatrix Top pattern by Made By Rae I thought it would be perfect paired with their 4oz Washed Denim in blue which also comes in an indigo colourway. I have used a washed denim of this weight previously but I have to admit the quality of the Sewisfaction version is much better. As the name suggests the fabric is a lightweight cotton which is really soft and easy to wear.
I have previously tried to sew the Beatrix top in a viscose but it was a long time ago. I am sure the pattern has been updated since I last tried as I remember the pattern calling for flat felled seams throughout. Whilst this gave a beautiful finish it was so time consuming I gave up mid-way through.
In the latest version of the pattern there are various options for finishing your seams which are included in an appendix to the pattern so you can choose which suits you best. I opted to just sew my seams with a regular straight stitch on my machine and then finish everything with my overlocker. I chose to do it this way so I could check the fit before I overlocked.
This pattern has extremely clear instructions and I think even an adventurous beginner could give it a whirl as the instructions are so detailed with illustrations for each step. You can tell that Rae has put an awful lot of time and effort into the instructions to ensure that everything is crystal clear.
The pattern comes with two styles one being a shirttail version and the other a banded version. I chose to go with the shirttail option as I was using a solid fabric and thought the banded version would be wasted on a solid fabric although I toyed with adding bands to the sleeves for a bit of interest. There is also an option to add a contrasting placket and there is a tutorial for this on the Made By Rae website and of course it comes with short sleeves or ¾ length.
The pattern also comes with two cup sizes I went with the XS with the A/B cup bodice as my measurements are 34” bust, 25” waist and 35” hip. As you can see from the images the fit around the bust and the upper bust is really good and I would definitely advise checking which cup size is recommended as I am usually a D cup but went with the A/B cup as per the finished measurement chart. The shoulders are perfect but I have quite narrow shoulders so if you are broader in that area you might want to measure the pattern to check it will fit.
This top went together really easily and I didn’t have any trouble with any of the steps. As the construction is pretty straightforward I didn’t really need to check the instructions save to check the steps for the plackets. The sleeves have hardly any easing and they went in first time with no puckers and no unpicking which was a bonus!!! If you are an experienced sewer there is also a summary of the steps at the back of the pattern so you can just use this instead of wading through the lengthy and detailed instructions.
As you can probably see I totally cheated and didn’t add any buttonholes as I was able to get the top on without using the buttons and I haven’t quite mastered buttonholes on my new sewing machine so I need a bit more practice!
I also added self covered buttons which I think adds a lovely touch and I always have loads of these in my stash in case I don’t have a button to match my make as they are so simple. I also have a Prym covered buttonhole thingy which makes them even easier.
I love this top from the washed denim as it is so versatile and will go with lots of garments in my wardrobe. During my denim journey I have discovered that denim is versatile in so many ways as it lends itself to practically any woven garment as long as pick the correct weight/stretch and it can be worn throughout the seasons particularly if it is in a regular denim colourway as it goes well with the darker tones of autumn/winter but also the brighter ones of spring/summer. Give me all the denims!
I really love how this top has turned out even though it is slightly out of my comfort zone as I generally lean more towards a more fitted silhouette. The fit is really great and I didn’t make any adjustments. The top is comfortable, light and airy and it was also a relatively quick make taking me an evening to sew and another half an hour in the morning to make and sew on the buttons.
Great pattern and fabulous fabric!
Amanda used our 4oz Soft Washed Denim in Blue. Available here.