I’ll be honest with you guys, the whole world of indie patterns (patterns made by independent designers that aren’t one of the ‘big four’ pattern companies) has only just come up on my radar.
But I’ll tell you something – now that I’ve tried this sweet Bess top pattern by Imagine Gnats – I am definitely on board.
And it’s all thanks to Indiesew – a new site selling exclusively indie patterns.
It was co-founded by the lovely Allie (you may remember her awesome restyling tutorial guest post from a while back) so you know it’s got to be good, right?
Bess is a sweet and simple pattern for woven fabric (fabric like cotton and linen).
It was super quick to whip up. And pretty easy – super important with a wee baby in tow.
There’s a also sweet pleat detail at the shoulders. Nice one.
The neck and arm edges and hem are all finished with strips of jersey.
It’s a technique I’ve never tried before, but it sure does give a smooth finish to the edges, don’t you think?
For the fabric – I used a chambray that I had in my stash from a few years ago, so I can’t remember where it’s from. The strips of jersey are from John Kaldor from last summer.
I had bought this lovely cotton lawn with kitties from Miss Matatabi, but fabric with an obvious directional pattern doesn’t quite work with this pattern because the back pattern piece wraps around to the front to form the cap sleeves.
The Bess top pattern was kindly provided by Indiesew, but all thoughts and opinions are my own (because that’s just how I roll).