Its no secret I adore Rachael. I love her patterns, I've made several. The Bess is my favorite, and I like this version immensely.
from the pattern bio:
the bess top has an easy fit that is designed to flatter a variety of body types. both shirt and tunic lengths have a subtle hi-lo hem, and the dress is designed to hit at the knee. all options feature pleated yoke formed by a wrap-around sleeve, and tunic and dress lengths include optional in-seam pockets. the neckline, sleeves, and hem (for shirt and tunic lengths) are all finished with jersey knit, a technique that gives a clean, easy finish, allowing for a well-stitched curve while providing stability.
could not have said it better!
What did I do? well, I started with the Bess pattern. I knew I wanted to do the lace on the shoulder and cap sleeve portion. The funnest part of this top is its ease and unique sleeve construction. Then I thought, I want to extend the lace to mid back, you get a hint of my tattoos!
I extended the length of the top to mid way to the tunic. I wanted to do a dress, but I was having a hard time deciding on fabric. I finally stumbled upon this mustard lace in my stash and the last of the bird and bunny double gauze in my stash, and I like the combo. Instead of doing the strips of jersey for the bindings, I used stretch lace trim.
When I cut this cutie out, I went with the scoop neck option. But, after I was done and put it on, I didn't like the fit on myself. so I just added an inverted pleat in the center of the front neckline to mimic the pleats on the shoulders. This created a slight V, snugged it up a tad, and makes my tata's stand out! HA!
Rachael wants you to be able to make your own Bess Top, or Meridian Cardi, or embroideries, or... the list goes on. Get 20% off your pattern purchase in the Imagine Gnats shop with the code "januarytour"
That's not all though! she has allowed me to giveaway one PDF copy of the Bess Top Pattern!
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