Beatrix is Here!

I’m so pleased to introduce my newest sewing pattern, Beatrix!! I’m over the moon about this new pattern, and I’m so happy to share it with you.

Made By Rae Beatrix Sewing Pattern

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Beatrix is a button-back pullover with a simple silhouette that is both comfortable and flattering. With two views that offer different sleeve lengths, button placket options, and a shirttail or banded hem, this is a truly versatile pattern for woven fabrics.

Beatrix is available in six women’s sizes (XS-XXL), and comes with separate front bodice pieces for A/B cup and C/D cup sizes so you can choose the one that works best for you.

I’ve put together a Beatrix Page where you can find all of the blog posts and related tutorials (coming soon!) for Beatrix. There are additional photos of Beatrix in the shop. You’ll find all the charts for sizes, finished measurements, and yardage in the shop listing too. Beatrix uses a couple of techniques that might be a little intimidating to a beginner (a set-in sleeve and buttonholes), so I’m hoping to do a sewalong for Beatrix soon so you can see additional photos and tips to help you along. Stay tuned!!!

I’d love to see what you make with the Beatrix Pattern! Please post pictures of your finished Beatrix Tops and Dresses to the Beatrix Sewing Pattern Pool on Flickr and use the hashtags #beatrixpattern#madebyrae, or #raemademedoit on Instagram and Twitter to share your photos and see what others have made!

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Beatrix with Flying Geese

Made By Rae Beatrix in Alison Glass Handcrafted

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Yes, I keep posting Beatrix Tops but no pattern-is-here post. I’m stringing you along. It’s cruel, I know. But isn’t this a pretty top? The fabric is Alison Glass‘ beautiful red Geese print from her first Handcrafted line from Andover; I also made a short-sleeved Beatrix from this same line of fabric. The name “Geese” is in reference to “flying geese,” those stacked triangles you always see in quilts, so we’ve been calling this top the Flying Geese Top. Which seems somehow grammatically incorrect now (Flying Goose Top? No, that can’t be right if there are multiple geese…?). Anyway. Let’s move on.

Made By Rae Beatrix in Alison Glass Handcrafted

Made By Rae Beatrix in Alison Glass Handcrafted

This was originally intended to be a sample for the cover of the pattern but then I ran into a small issue with the print; it turned out that the placement of those beautiful, randomly-placed, hand-printed triangles was just slightly lower on one side than the other, resulting in a “cockeyed headlights” effect at the bust if you catch my drift and if you don’t let’s just say the asymmetry wasn’t flattering and leave it at that. Ahem. Hence, a lovely patch pocket was added over the left bust. It was easy to add the pocket and it fixed the visual mindgames I was having when I looked in the mirror, but a pocket isn’t included in the final pattern, so we didn’t end up using this one for the pattern cover. In all other ways besides the pocket, however, this is a straight-up View A, and of course I think it shows off the fit quite nicely. You can take a look at this handy Beatrix Yardage post for more information about the two views and their yardage requirements if you’d like.

Made By Rae Beatrix in Alison Glass Handcrafted

Looking at these photos makes me miss my long hair and pink extensions a little bit. My hair is short and blue now so that works for summer but the grass is always greener, as they say. Or pinker? OK, well I’m off to proofread the final instruction layout for Beatrix so we can have it out to you next week!! Am crossing all fingers and toes in hope that it will finally be ready!

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Beatrix Yardage and Fabric Recommendations

As we put finishing touches on the Beatrix Top pattern, I thought I’d give you some yardage and fabric guidelines so you can gather your supplies now to get sewing RIGHT AWAY as soon as the pattern comes out!

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First find your size. If your measurements put you between sizes, use your upper bust and bust to select your size. If those still put you between sizes, subtract one from the other to find the difference between your upper bust and bust measurements. If the difference is 2″ (5 cm) or less, use your bust measurement to select your size; if it’s greater than 2″ (5 cm), use your upper bust measurement to select your size. The pattern has two front bodices for all six sizes to accommodate A/B and C/D bra cup sizes, so you’ll get all the guidance you need before you start cutting out your fabric!

Made By Rae Beatrix Size Chart
Now get your yardage. The chart includes yardage for fabric widths of 44″ and 54″, and accounts for shrinkage from pre-washing and drying (always pre-wash your fabric!). See notes and photos below to help you decide whether you’d like to sew View A or B (or a combo of the two).

Made By Rae Beatrix Yardage

Beatrix Views
Choose your fabric. I recommend woven lightweight cotton and linen blends such as voile, rayon challis, shot cotton, shirting, double gauze, lawn, broadcloth, and lightweight chambray. There are tons of wonderful apparel fabrics available these days, and I can’t wait to see what you all choose. Here’s a list of the fabrics I used for all the versions of Beatrix that I’ve blogged about so far. Since some of my tops have been mashups of View A and View B, I’ve included details to help you get the right amount of fabric.

Beatrix in Alison Glass Plus Print (above, left) is a true View A with short sleeves. It’s sewn from the Handcrafted line by Alison Glass. The Plus in Shortbread print is in stock at Hawthorne Threads, along with some great prints from both lines of Handcrafted!

Voile Beatrix with contrast bands (above, right) is a true View B in which the contrast bands are cut from the same fabric on the crossgrain. It is sewn from Pastry Line Voile in Toast by Anna Maria Horner. Pink Castle Fabrics and Fiddlehead Artisan Supply both have it in stock.
Made By Rae Beatrix Tops

Bespoke Double Gauze Blouse (above, left) is a View A with short sleeves. It’s sewn from Cotton+Steel’s Bespoke Double Gauze, and Hawthorne Threads has a number of prints and solids from that line in stock. The print I used is Ephemera in the colorway Mustard.

Let’s have a (Beatrix) Party (above, middle) is a short-sleeved View A, with a contrast button placket borrowed from View B. Get the yardage you’d need for a short-sleeved View A, plus about a 1/2 yard of contrast fabric for the button placket. This top is sewn from the True Colors print in Avril Loreti’s Let’s Have a Party voile for Cloud9 FabricsFancy Tiger has some of the prints from that line, as well as a number of other voiles and lawns.

The Original Beatrix plaid top (above, right) is a View A with 3/4-length sleeves; it’s sewn from a lightweight plaid lawn that I picked up locally.

Thanks for your patience! The days before we release a pattern are filled with final pattern piece checks and obsessively going over the instructions with eagle eyes. Just imagine me scurrying about the studio waving around a tape measure!

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Let’s have a (Beatrix) party!

Made By Rae Beatrix in Let's Have a Party

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My multi-week Beatrix Tease oops I meant Beatrix Preview (go ahead and put that in air quotes) continues today with this stunning voile version that I’ve been wearing all over the place lately. The fabric is from the Let’s Have a Party collection by Avril Loreti for Cloud 9 with a matching coral Cirrus Solid button band in back (full disclaimer: I made Cloud 9 a duplicate of this top for their Quilt Market booth in trade for the fabric. I am also a Cloud 9 designer). I’m so glad that these fun, bright, and cheerful prints are printed on voile; it makes them absolutely perfect for lightweight breezy summer garments.

Made By Rae Beatrix in Let's Have a Party

I was working on getting the length right when we sewed this one, so the hem is roughly 1″ longer than the final pattern will be; it’s hard to see why this matters in the photos because I happen to be really tall, but if you could see the photos some of the more average-height testers sent, it would be obvious to you why I decided to make it shorter.

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Made By Rae Beatrix in Let's Have a Party

The buttons are made of coconut (!?!) and came from Fashion Sewing Supply, a shop that if you’re not already familiar with you need to be if only for their awesome high-quality garment elastic and interfacings. Pam Erny runs it and does a fantastic job. Put that one in your browser bookmarks under “Sewing Supplies.” You’ll never buy waistband elastic anywhere else again. You’re welcome.

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Made By Rae Beatrix in Let's Have a Party

Pattern coming soon…seriously. Many people have already asked me for the yardage requirements, so I’ll try to post that soon so you can know how much fabric to buy. Meanwhile, while you’re waiting you can check out the other versions of Beatrix I’ve made so far. And if you have questions about the buttons in the back, please read the comments on this post before joining in the discussion!

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Sewing Superstar: Rosemary Mornings

It’s time for me to introduce you to our next Sewing Superstar! (Learn more about this fun series HERE.)

Today’s Sewing Superstar is Leslie of Rosemary Mornings. Leslie is an excellent seamstress and her blog is fun to read. She tells the stories behind the clothing she makes and shares the occasional photo of projects-in-progress, which I always love because it gives us a little peek behind the scenes. I actually know Leslie in real life because she came to one of the weekend garment workshops I hosted at my studio in Ann Arbor last year (she was one of the first people to try out my Josephine sewing pattern before it was even released). It wasn’t until after we’d met that I started following her online, and it’s been so fun to read about the clothing she makes!

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Leslie sews mostly for her cute kiddos but also for herself, and the photos she posts on Flickr often catch my eye. I love the fabric combos she used in the Geranium Dress (top right) and Charlie Tunic (bottom right).

You can follow Leslie online on your social media platform of choice:
Rosemary Mornings Blog / Pinterest / Flickr

For more projects, check out the Josephine Sewing Pattern Pool, Geranium Sewing Pattern Pool, and Flashback Skinny Tee Pool on Flickr; and search on Instagram for the tags #josephinepattern, #geraniumdress, #flashbackskinnytee#flashbacktee, #raemademedoit, and #madebyrae.

It inspires me so much to see what you are making with my patterns. Please add your photos to the photo pool(s) or tag your pics with #raemademedoit or #madebyrae so I can see what you’re making. I’m excited to feature more Sewing Superstars here soon!