The latest collection of patterns from Indiesew includes this cracking Imagine Gnats pattern - the Bess top. A super easy and effortless top | Randomly Happy

A chambray bess top

The latest collection of patterns from Indiesew includes this cracking Imagine Gnats pattern - the Bess top | Randomly Happy

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.

easy chambray bess top

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?

The latest collection of patterns from Indiesew includes this cracking Imagine Gnats pattern - the Bess top | Randomly Happy

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.

easy chambray bess top

There’s a also sweet pleat detail at the shoulders. Nice one.

easy chambray bess top

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?

The latest collection of patterns from Indiesew includes this cracking Imagine Gnats pattern - the Bess top| Randomly Happy

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 latest collection of patterns from Indiesew includes this cracking Imagine Gnats pattern - the Bess top. A super easy and effortless top | Randomly Happy

Now that I’ve caught the indie pattern bug I have the Lane raglan t-shirt and Natalie top on my radar. Long live Indie patterns, right?

The Bess top pattern was kindly provided by Indiesew, but all thoughts and opinions are my own (because that’s just how I roll).

  1. Reply
    rachael {imagine gnats}

    I love it!!!! super cute and easy to wear and all the things that make me happy about sewing 🙂 thanks for sharing! XO

  2. Reply
    floral and feather

    Lovely pattern! Really like the contrasting jersey 🙂

  3. Reply
    Annie

    Cute pattern and the chambray works perfectly x

  4. Reply
    Teresa

    I love this! I just ordered a lands end top that is constructed the exact same way as the bess top! It looks super good in chambray!

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