two shirts in (the same) double gauze…

You might remember somewhat recently when I showed a photo of some lovely double gauze fabrics I had picked up at Jones & Vandermeer. Emily of J&V provided me with this  Sevenberry anchor print, and I love it, but couldn’t decide if I wanted to see it in a quilt or as clothing.


When I was asked recently to test Rae‘s new pattern, Beatrix (coming soon!), I thought this print might be perfect. I know it’s usually a good idea to test a pattern using muslin, but I have such confidence in Rae that I knew that I could go ahead and use the good stuff! (As it turns out, I picked the wrong size (my fault, not Rae’s!) so mine’s a bit large and you can see that the darts aren’t hitting correctly, but I’ve already made a few minor adjustments and it fits well now)


I saw Rae’s first prototype in the Cotton + Steel booth last Quilt Market showing off their lovely Bespoke double gauze. I loved everything about it, especially the curved hem and that fun back button placket. I may have bugged Rae about turning it into a pattern, so then when she asked if I’d be a pattern tester, of course I had to say yes!


This is view A, and is a great quick sew, despite having some great features that make it look super professional. My sewing machine only makes half a button hole, so my top is still sporting the safety pins, but I hope to get that remedied soon, as I’d love to wear it out!


Not only did I have fun sewing up this top, but I also loved seeing how thorough Rae and her team are about making sure the pattern is as perfect as it can be. I like purchasing patterns from designers who take this kind of care to provide a great product.


But back to this fun fabric! After sewing this top, I discovered that I had just enough left over for a little something else. I’ve been wanting to try out the Linden sweatshirt in a double gauze and this seemed perfect, as it was already washed and ready to go! I made my usual size and went with short sleeves for the summer as well as a split hem. The only thing I’d change next time would be to cut the neckline a bit higher so it’s not as wide. I wore this one all day today and found it to be really comfortable, and indeed I smiled every time I looked down and saw that fun anchor print.

I still kind of want to see it in a quilt though, so perhaps a little restock is in order? You can find it here (it’s a great price for double gauze at only $13/yard!)

Also, Jones & Vandermeer are having a Memorial Day sale on these prints - save an extra 20% with code Memorial20.

Other Memorial Day sales:

Lady Belle Fabric. No code needed! Moda Fat Quarter Bundles starting at $90.00, all fabric bundles and quilt kits on sale, all pre-cuts 15% off, sale half yards starting at $2.95. Sale ends Wednesday May 27th 2015

Sew Modern. Take 20% off all regularly priced fabric in-store and online with code MMDAY. May 22nd-May 25th

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8 Responses to two shirts in (the same) double gauze…

  1. 1
    Fran K says:

    I really like the flippy hem on the long sleeved one, but prefer the short sleeved one from a personal view point. The fabric is very nice too.

  2. 2
    Barbara Bailey says:

    I would make the short sleeve with the curved hem and maybe make the neckline narrower. I love fiddling with patterns, these are very nice and love it in the double gauze.

  3. 3
    Barbara Bailey says:

    For some reason it didn’t print the first line from my post. It said that I would make the short sleeve version with the rounded hem and make the neckline narrower. Erk

  4. 4
    Rosemary Bolton says:

    love the short sleeve version.
    Both styles are great though.

  5. 5
    Sandra says:

    Very nice. I wonder if there’s an easy way to skip the placket? That seems like a lot of work.
    I do like the slight flare and the length of the sleeves in the longer-sleeved version.

  6. 6
    barbara woods says:

    Great looking shirts

  7. 7
    Mary says:

    I love both tops. Have been thinking of trying a double gauze shirt, so glad to see how well it worked out!

  8. 8
    emily says:

    love it! you brought the fabric to life!

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