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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11 thoughts on “Beatrix with Flying Geese

  1. I just wanted to start stalking you but now you gave us the point on the horizon 😉
    Do you plan to explain how you hem the curved edge perfectly???
    As I already washed my fabric, pressed it, pressed it again, threaded my sewing machine, changed the fabric, washed it, pressed it, threaded everthing again I’m looking forward to next week!!!!

    • Hi Mareike!

      Wow you are ready. That is awesome!!

      So yes, I have a pretty detailed section on sewing the curved hem that I think you’ll find enlightening; I hope it will work well for you!


  2. I, too, am of the “how the hell do I do a nice curved hem” camp. All the “tutorials” I’ve seen are for a big circle style hem. Ahem! that is not what we are having trouble with out here in sewing land 😉
    And, if this shirt had been made just after Hugo’s birth, you could have kept the “milky here” arrows/birds to guide him! Ha! Just kidding. Looks cute with the pocket! Can’t wait for the release!

    • HAH that is awesome! that would have been pretty great.

      Don’t worry I’ve got you covered in the curved hem department!!

  3. I’m so excited for this one! I’m slightly nervous as I feel like my Janome has a mind of it’s own when it comes to button holes, or so it seems. I’ve used bias to to a curved hem but not sure if that’s recommended. I’ve made two Wiksten tanks with a curved hem so far this summer.

    • Hi Laura,

      Yes you could definitely use bias if you’d like!

      And yes buttonholes can be a bit of a pain. I’ve found it is pretty important to just practice a few times before actually attempting on the garment. There’s always snaps otherwise if you really are hating on buttons!!!

  4. I am also ready with fabric prepped. I just did a curved hem on the Oliver and S Gallery tunic so I am not too worried about that. Ladies, I am sure you will do a great job with it! I love the top and can’t wait to make a few for my back to work/school (I am a teacher) wardrobe!

  5. Why must you keep designing tops that I love? I already have a closet full of washi tunics (6) and dresses (4) and plans for some Josephine tops too. Now I must have this pattern too! Love it!

  6. Rae, this is stunning! Just when I think your work could not get any more amazing and beautiful, somehow it does. You are a true artist!

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