Insides-Out Beatrix Blouse

Insides-Out Beatrix Blouse

Beatrix Blouse | Rayon Voile

Hi Friends!

I'm coming at you today with a super simple, gorgeously practical make that I'm so excited to share - a second Beatrix Blouse in an amazing, floaty rayon. 

When I bought this pattern as part of my business casual capsule wardrobe I had a hunch it would sneak into my repeat favourites, and I was totally right. This pattern is a knock out. I love the multi-cup sizing and the facings to finish. 

I sewed this version up almost identically to my last version, only made a 3/4 sleeve version instead of a short sleeve. Funnily enough, I didn't use the 3/4 sleeve length included in the pattern. I initially wanted to hack this into a long sleeve, but when I tried it on I realized it looked like a PJ shirt. It must have been a combination of this soft, delicately floaty fabric, and the more boxy fit of this shirt. I just chopped off the sleeves until it started to look like everyday clothes. 

Crisis averted. 

One of my favorite features of this shirt is the facings. Man, I am NEVER going back to bias binding again. The right facing is so flat and flattering while being at least 30 times faster to sew up. Why didn't I try these sooner??

Not easily overshadowed, the shirt-tail hem is still getting some major love from me too. I love the little bit of extra coverage this gives be around my butt - something tells me this will be a go-to during exam seasons when I wear nothing but leggings everywhere.... And during both of my 8 AM classes this fall.

I have no shame when I'm summoned into school that early. 

What makes this make so wonderful is the fabric - Rayon Lawn easily beats out silk as my new all-time favourite fabric. It presses like a dream (although you would never know from the wrinkly condition its in in these pictures), and sews up so crisply it makes me genuinely giddy. 

I loved it so much I bought it full price, 20/M, and only felt a little sad about it. 

And actually, this is the wrong side of the fabric. I liked the way the soft teal showed on the wrong side, so I decided to go with it and call this the insides-out Beatrix!

One thing you should really know about Rayon Lawn if you're debating to sew some up yourself is that it rips incredibly easy. When sewing the plackets together I accidentally caught the body of the shirt, and ended up ripping the backside of the placket in pieces trying to take it out. 

The sewing horror was real. 

I saved the day by wrapping the ripped up placket in some double-fold bias tape, and then stuck that side on the bottom out of sight. It's certainly not pretty from the inside, but I saved the shirt in the end. 

So please, learn from my mistakes and don't rip your makes like a mad woman. 

Stay calm, cool and collected while aggressively seam-ripping your mistakes and I'm sure you'll be fine. 

That's about all I have to say about this weeks make, though. I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've been up to. 

Have you been making anything great lately? Or has the heat killed your sew-jo?

Until next time, 

Rachel 

Creative lifestyle blogger, dedicated to the process of making new things and worrying about being perfect LATER. Lover of Instagram, making things, and wearing dresses instead of pants.

I post a new handmade garment every Wednesday!