Voile Beatrix with contrast bands

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UPDATE:
The Beatrix Sewing Pattern is now available! BUY NOW

My latest pattern project as you may already know is the Beatrix blouse (first blogged here); it’s no secret we’ve been working on it for some time and I’m hoping to release it soon. This was a version I made of Beatrix last fall that had some “extras” added: the contrast bands at the sleeves, the hem, and in place of  the button plackets in the back. We’re calling this “View B” for the pattern. The construction is more involved, but it’s the same basic pattern, just amped up with more pieces.

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The contrast bands really add some fun options to Beatrix, which is already a versatile pattern. Even though this gold voile version has all three bands added, I’ve used the same fabric here for contrast by simply turning the fabric sideways. You could also use a totally different contrasting fabric for a big statement. Sara, one of our testers, made this version which she posted on Instagram last week and I love how the two contrasting colors look. You could just as easily add just contrast button bands and skip the sleeve bands and hem bands, like I’ve done with this version.

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It’s a little hard to see it in these photos, but the hem band breaks at the side seams. I like how that looks plus it leaves a little more room for the hips. Are you getting excited for this pattern? I certainly am! I’ll post a few more Beatrix blouses over the next couple weeks; we’re getting closer and closer to the pattern launch!

UPDATE:
The Beatrix Sewing Pattern is now available! BUY NOW

8 thoughts on “Voile Beatrix with contrast bands

  1. I can hardly wait for Beatrix! And the photos you’re posting just make me want it more! Beautiful blouse, Rae. And I love it in this incarnation (one of my fave fabrics, ever).

  2. hey pretty bird! looking forward to getting beatrix in my hot little hands – seems like such a great basic blouse and fun to customize!

  3. Hmmm…. I have this same voile in several colors in stash. I have long loved that fabric. I wonder if I could make Beatrix in vertical stripes (maybe using horizontal for the hem)?

    • Yes that’s definitely possible — the stripes actually run vertically on this fabric so I cut the bodices here on the cross-grain; it would be super easy though to cut them on the grain and cut the contrast bands on the cross-grain!

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    • Hi Susan! It’s called “Pastry Line” and it’s printed on voile. Design by Anna Maria Horner. Not sure where it’s available these days, but you can google around! 🙂

  4. This is such a great pattern! Can’t wait for it to be released! I just go some Cotton & Steel Double Gauze and I think I am going to save it for th Beatrix! =)

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