Oh how this Beatrix top has waited! I printed and assembled the pattern quite a while ago and decided just yesterday that I’d sew it up! Part of my problem getting going was choosing fabric.
As I’ve gone through my things in my closet and home, and slowly slimmed things down to the essentials, it’s actually gotten harder for me to buy stuff. Probably a blessing, right?! So it’s become increasingly more difficult for me to decide on what to sew. I know I want to make something I’ll use and love and to hopefully not have it end up in the donate pile. It seems like such a weird problem to have. I’m the same way with decorating. Now that I’ve gotten most of the house in order, it’s harder and harder for me to commit to purchasing something. I get pretty paralyzed hoping that I won’t make a mistake in buying something only to find out that I don’t absolutely love it. Has this happened to you? It’s harder with large purchases for decorating, but it even trickles down to smaller things. Even sewing things for myself or my house. I find that I really really need something in order to spend my time and commit to making it. I do like making things just for the enjoyment of it, but after getting rid of things left and right, I have become maybe too careful in what comes into my house and what I spend time making.
So in order for this Beatrix to come to life, I carefully sifted through my cozy and comfy garment fabric stash. I had maybe 6 pulled and ready to cut into. I can always make more I told myself! So the sensible me leapt in and chose the swiss dot chambray. I knew I’d wear it the most. That it goes with anything and plus the fact that it’s the softest fabric ever. It’ll be perfect for both spring and fall seasons, maybe even winter if I throw on a cardigan.
It went together so smoothly. I actually want to confess that I hate setting sleeves. It can be such a pain sometimes! This time it was so awesome though! I did a french seam and wow, so good. I’m proud. The only thing I changed was using bias tape instead of facings, just a personal preference. For whatever reason I always feel like I’m on the verge of a wardrobe malfunction when I wear anything with facings. Maybe it’s just me though. Rae does do such a great job of giving instructions for securing the facings, so I’m sure I should have just gotten over myself and done it, but I just didn’t want to risk it.
I’m super pleased with this top, and have hopes to make more!