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!)