Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Plum Week: Made by Rae Beatrix

Plum week continues! Today I'm sharing a plum-colored double gauze version of the Made by Rae Beatrix blouse on Imagine Gnats, but I'm talking about my wearable muslin (which also reads plum) here!

I made the Beatrix a few years back, but I've been finding that version a bit tight across the upper back and bust. As such, I planned to size up for my double gauze version, but decided a wearable muslin was in order. I made the Beatix buttonless, which I'd done before, but coincidentally, Rae posted a tutorial on how to do just that a couple weeks ago, if you're interested in the nitty gritty.


I went with a size XXL, with a C/D cup, which worked well. I did find the darts to be a bit low and long, though, so I tweaked them a bit for my double gauze version. Luckily in this print you can't really see the pointy darts, so it remains extremely wearable!


You might recognize this print from my International Anna Party dress from several years back. I had a couple of yards of this stained-glass print cotton lawn and thought it perfect for a Beatrix. I love all the colors in this print... wine, plum, kelly green, a hint of gold and black!


I made this Beatrix without the buttondown back. I'd done this before for my mom, but coincidentally, Rae posted about how to alter the Beatrix pattern to be buttonless just last week!


I also made a couple other changes to the Beatrix: I lengthened the sleeves by 4" to full length, and drafted hem and sleeve facings! I topstitched all of the facings, including the neck facing.


I love this top! Is this a TNT pattern for me now? Maybe! 


Here's a sneak peek of my double gauze version... hop over to Imagine Gnats to read about it and to score some double gauze while it's on sale this week!


17 comments:

  1. Both versions look very nice on you. And the colors are amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love them both!

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  2. Love the tops! All this plum makes me want to buy all the plum/wine coloured fabric and sew up a million things. <3 <3 Such a lovely colour on you!

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    1. Thanks, Andie! Ha ha, I didn't set out to do a plum-themed week, but suddenly realized how much plum colored fabric I had purchased. I love it!

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  3. I love your plum week so much! Both tops are gorgeous. Thanks for showcasing how amazing this pattern looks in both prints and plains!

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    1. Thanks so much! It's a great pattern- perfect for prints or solids, and infinitely modifiable (is that a word?)!

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  4. Both versions are fantastic and look wonderful on you!

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  5. Both are beautiful and inspiring!

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  6. I love your plum colours they suit you. I'm a returning sewer so I'm still learning all over again and I find i am having a lot of trouble understanding a full bust adjustment and as a rather busty lady I'm finding most patterns are not made for my size of bust. I love seeing what you make and they look very professional. Keep up the good work 😀

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    1. Thanks, Julie! There are a number of companies making patterns with cup sizes so that you don't have to do an FBA. Cashmerette has the broadest range of cup sizes, but several others doing cup sizes, too. Worth a look!

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    2. Thanks I think I will have to do my research but I think I'm going to learn the FBA it's not beating me 😤

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  7. Both tops are excellent and I am LOVING this plum phase you're going through! It's such a rich color and it looks fantastic on you.

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    1. Thanks, Inder! I am loving this phase, too! I didn't even realize it was a phase until I took a hard look at my recent fabric procurement habits... ha!

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  8. I love your style so much! I would add these to my wardrobe in a split second. I guess I need to sew faster...😄

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  9. Oh i like the patterned version and outfit with it so much! nice choice!

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