Beatrix Pull-Over Top

by | Mar 29, 2016 | Garment, Sewing Projects | 4 comments

Have you ever had one of those moments where you were like, ‘I put my makeup on 12 hours ago and I have since worked all day and and fitness sweat my body right off and have smoothie bowl all over my face but I am probably still totally fine to take pictures and put them on the internet?’
No?! Just me then? Ok.  no bigs.

GUYS, I MADE A THING: Beatrix Top from Made by Rae Patterns

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Let me tell you: I have loved this pattern before Rae even knew that this pattern existed in her mind. I just can’t get enough of it. It’s fun and breezy, but just fitted enough for people to know I am a human woman, it is the exact length a shirt should be, and it has some dang cute button placket details in the back. So, I knew, BITCH I KNEW, I would have me one of these shirts.
Furthermore, as soon as I saw Moon Rabbit from the Mochi Collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale, I knew my Beatrix life would be complete. Thusly, I dove right into this pattern, and by dove you KNOW I mean I sat on the fabric for a hot 6 months before doing anything about it.

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I did make a muslin of this pattern first, which turned out to be a great idea because my lack of boobs but non-lack of hips makes be just in-between a medium and a large for this particular piece. Using the A/B cup pattern pieces, I ended up fitting the bust to a medium and slowly curving out about 5 or so inches from the bottom hem for ample hip room. I used medium sleeves so they would fit into the arm scythes, and really just typed that last sentence so I could use the phrase arm scythe. Whoops, did it again. #armscythe

The Made by Rae pattern was super easy to cut out, assemble, and understand the instructions. Having only ever really made Colette pattern tops, I am very familiar with how they do their plackets, but this was a whole new (but incredibly easy) placket ballgame.
Also, I am also OBSESSED with neck lining pieces, as called for in this pattern, as opposed to the usual bias tape. Obviously, bias tape does come in handy for some patterns, but the neckline in this shirt is fucking c-r-i-s-p because of that added lining, and finishing off the neck was crazy easy in comparison to the burnt finger tips of a ill-experienced user of bias tape.
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While I am on the topic, I must say that I am also partial to this sort of finishing technique because I loved coming across vintage hand-made clothing and hand-sewn shirts from them golden years that always seemed to have this type of neck lining. It’s super cute, and was always an instant notifier that this simple shirt you found in a Value Village rack was super special to someone back in the day. But #trust, girl be tripping if ya think you are going to see my moon rabbit beatrix in Value Village in 40 years; when I die, I demand to be buried underneath my entire collection of handmade clothes.

Anyways, back to the pattern. One thing that I still need practice on (or possibly learn other ways to complete this step) would be sleeves. I have two things inevitably working against me when ever sleeve I set in:
I really, really need a tailor’s hem; and
I am not good at the ‘scrunchy bunchy’ basting stitch way of putting in sleeves.
No matter what I do, I always end up with little pleats and folds. And, you know, this kind of bothers me, but after trying and failing to put two sleeves in I usually throw my WHATEVERS in the air and finish the garment (flaws and all). I have made the Grainline Studios Hemlock tee, which called for sewing the top of the sleeves to the shirt, and then sewing from the sleeve all the way down the sides of the shirt and hot damn that was easy and looked great. WHY CAN’T EVERY SHIRT BE LIKE THAT?!

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Unfortunately, as my picture taking skills have not improved, the buttons do not look as cool as they should on this back photo. Let’s try again.

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Come through phone pics, yaaas. I purchase these little pink babies at Dressew in Downtown Vancouver; they are adorable little pink diamonds and they won out over gold star buttons that were equally as cute. I KNOW! GOLD STARS! It was a real Sophie’s choice on button decisions day (and no, I do not use the phrase Sophie’s choice lightly).
definitely using it pretty lightly
Also, not to toot my own toots, but that is one fucking bea-ut-iful button hole guys. #masterofthebutt…onholes

I do truly feel like this shirt fits quite well, but in the picture it does look like it is pulling at the buttons. Maybe I should have ironed the shirt? Who knows. Anyways, don’t trust my photos, it looks great. If you want to see what this shirt looks like irl, you are just gonna have to hotline-bling me folks. Finally: god, picture taking is the worst. I don’t know how this blog is going to survive with my utter lack of passion for half body selfies.

Oh wait, yea I do: #allthegifs

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Anyone else ready to start the #beatrixwardrobetakeover with me? I already want 1500 more of these shirts in my everyday wears.
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4 Comments

  1. Kristy

    I hate setting in sleeves too-they just never ‘ease’ in the way they should so I have taken to sewing them all in on the flat like you’ve done here even if the pattern doesn’t call for it! I also love the print, I’m not a massive Beatrix potter fan myself but this is lush!

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    • Natasha

      Oh man! It’s good to know that I am not alone. I think I am going to try setting them in flat in my next piece, see how it goes. It could be a true game changer!!

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    • Natasha

      Dzaaaaang! Thanks so much for the linkie! I’m going to try that out!

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