what i love best about this pattern is what a range it has. not only can make your bess top as a shirt, tunic, or dress... but this pattern comes in us womens sizes two through twenty! i feel like the indie pattern designers market doesn't have a lot of great options for non-single-digit-sizes-women, and i am really proud of how hard i worked to put together a pattern that has been sewn and loved by women on both ends of the spectrum. because we all deserve fabulous diy wardrobe options, thick and thin alike!
coming up this week, i'll be sharing some fabulous versions of the bess top that my pattern testers made as well as fabulous ways to alter your bess top for even more fun from Katie of Kadiddlehopper, Emma of Hello Beautiful, and Tasha of I Seam Stressed.
includes US womens sizes 2-20
sewing level: intermediate, reason: y-seam construction
pattern pieces and instructions are available as instant download and include: images of the finished pattern, step by step instructions with photographs, sewing tips, and full-size printable pattern pieces.
i have to give a huge, giant thank you to my incredibly lovely models, Ashley and Bridget, who are every bit as beautiful inside as out. they rocked this photo shoot and make my tops look so good!
in these cover shots, Ashley is wearing the bess top dress in a size 6 made with a striped rayon shirting from Jo-Ann and a contrast yoke in a quilting cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics. Bridget is wearing the bess top tunic in a size 16 made with a gorgeous ikat rayon challis, also from Jo-Ann. both tops have in-seam pockets, and Ashley's dress is fully lined with the method shown in this tutorial.
and here is yours truly, in some awesome headshots by marissa bowers art*design*photo, wearing the first version of the bess top, in a dreamy kokka double gauze from Sew to Speak. because it's always nice to remember where something started, right?
you can get your bess top pattern right here!!! happy stitching!