The Bess Top was released today! Diana and Jacqui had the pleasure of pattern testing The Bess Top for Rachael at Imagine Gnats. So exciting to be on the cutting edge (pun intended). The easy fit pattern 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. The size range is US women’s 2-20. Rachael recommends using your bust size as the best guide to pattern sizing. Diana made a size 16, while Jacqui is in a size 10.
All options feature a unique construction method with a pleated yoke and a wrap-around sleeve. The tunic and dress lengths include optional in-seam pockets.
The Bess Top is designed to be made with non-stretch materials, and works well in quilting cottons, voile, cotton lawn, or double gauze. Jacqui and Diana both chose a cotton voile from their stash.
The neckline, sleeves, and hem are all finished with jersey knit, which is a great technique for a clean, easy finish, especially when dealing with some of the thinner cottons as it allows for a well-stitched curve and provides stability.
We found the pattern to be well written, easy to follow, with a lot of helpful photos. Jacqui has plans to make another Bess Top using Liberty Tawna Lawn Marco. Diana is making the shirt version in Rashida Coleman-Hales Koi It’s A Plus voile. The Bess Top is sure to become a favorite. For more info and pictures take a look at Rachael blog post here.
Congrats Rachael on the fabulous new pattern!