Welcome, friends, to the Beatrix Top Sew Along! I have to tell you, it is kind of fun putting together our sew along line-up. It’s always our goal to bring you a good mix of one-of-a-kind statement pieces, useful bags and tried and true basics that offer endless pattern hacking possibilities. Although there are plenty of design details that make this pattern unique, the Beatrix Top from Made by Rae is the epitome of basic with options. From fabric selection to custom sizing adjustments to creative hacks that wow, we can’t wait to walk you through this versatile pattern. If you haven’t yet, grab the pattern and let’s get started!
This week we’re talking fabric options…and this top offers plenty of them. The listed recommended fabrics include lightweight woven cottons and linen blends as follows:
So really, no excuses: you’ve probably got something in your stash for this. But we won’t blame you if you find you need new fabric for this pattern! There are so many great options. And that’s one of the things I love most about this pattern: it’s going to give you so many different outcomes based on the fabric chosen. Here are a few of my favorite options:
For a classic look that can work fall or spring, try Robert Kaufman Gingham Check. Pair it with a bold-colored slim pant for maximum impact.
I’m a big fan of ikat and I love the Dream Weaves collection from Andover. This new colorway is scrumptious and perfect weight for shirting.
For a more high-end look, try a metallic linen, like the metallic Essex Linen (also by Kaufman). These metallic mixes would be the perfect holiday look while also being great for everyday.
And finally, a full-on holiday option! This lightweight black and gold lace would require a camisole underneath, but so heavenly! Use the cut border for the hems? Yes, I think so!
Rae featured a lined lace version of the Beatrix Top. The lace takes the top in such an unexpected direction that really showcases the pattern’s versatility.