I’m the final stop today for the Style Maker Fabrics Fall Style Tour!! Today I have not one but two tops to show you from Stylemaker fabric! I designed both tops (the second top is in this post) for dressier occasions, because the onset of fall means that the holidays are approaching, and it seems like I’m always in need of slightly fancier tops that I can wear with jeans or dress pants to immediately “level up” for an occasion. As a mother of three I rarely* end up wearing fancy cocktail dresses; I prefer to wear something that looks nice but can still crawl on the floor or chase after that match box car that ended up behind the couch, amiright?
*Rarely? RARELY? Good grief, Rae. Try NEVER.
My Beatrix pattern proved to be the perfect template for this gorgeous floral rayon crepe; it’s been a while since the pattern was released, but it’s definitely still one of my go-to patterns. I love that Beatrix can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric you choose or how you style it, and how the buttons in back elevate the design. I can see wearing this one to a Christmas party, New Year’s Eve dinner, or a family get-together.
The print version of Beatrix is available in the Stylemaker pattern shop (as well as in other shops), or in digital format from my shop (both print at home and copy shop formats are included in the digital pattern).
Jess cut out the pieces and did most of the sewing, and I love how she nailed the pattern placement for this print, especially in the back!!!
One little trick to this top: when I was finishing it, I added buttons but not buttonholes. Instead I just sewed the buttons directly through both layers of the button placket, effectively creating a “faux” button placket. The pattern is designed to be a pullover (the buttons are not necessary to get it on or off), so the buttons are usually more decorative than functional anyway. This also eliminated any worry I had about cutting the buttonholes into the somewhat delicate rayon crepe. It also sped up that bit of sewing considerably. Had I decided to use the buttonholes, I’m still quite certain the combination of the rayon with the interfacing in the plackets would have been fine.
As you can hopefully see, the fabric is absolutely gorgeous. The print is stunning, and I love that the pale peach in the flowers matches my glasses. I think it works dressed down with denim jeans, too.
I love how Michelle organizes her seasonal fabrics into collections; this post goes into the details and color inspiration behind the theme, “Classic Elements.” This floral print was part of the Code Red collection, so if you love this color you should check out the rest of the fabrics in that collection. You can also find links to all of the lovely creations in the Stylemaker Fall Tour by visiting this Stylemaker Fall blog tour post.
Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour, Michelle!
Disclosure: I was provided with the fabric for these tops by Stylemaker fabrics at no cost, but all words and opinions are my own.