Beatrix top

As soon as I saw the Sky print from Monaluna’s Wanderlust collection I had to have it. I also knew that it would need a simple pattern to best show off the fabric. So I was quite pleased to stumble across the Beatrix top from made by rae which  was available as a paper pattern from the Village Haberdashery – bonus! It did however require tracing as the pieces were printed on both sides of the paper. But the shop sent me some great tracing paper for free and I have become a total convert.

The first thing I love about this pattern has different bodice pieces for A/B cups or C/D cups. After carefully considering the sizing chart and finished measurements for the blouse I ended up making size small with the C/D cup bodice. FYI my measurements are at the top end of the small sizing. And I was so pleased when I based the back together – the fit is perfect!

Due to the placement of the print’s repetition and the exact length I had, I wasn’t able to match the colors at the side. But I quite like how it looks. And I love how the print joins at the shoulders (totally unintentionally).

The instructions were brilliant and quite straightforward. I made the process more lengthy by using French seams to finish the insides, including in the armhole (which was tricky given the gathers).  The instructions has a few little tips which I really apprecaited such as stitching in the dip along the shoulder seams, to tack the facing down.  I am chuffed with how it turned out and the fit is just lovely.

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