A few months ago I wrote all about the 241 Tote purse pattern that I bought online, printed off at home and sewed up. I loved how easy and convenient it was and have decided that it’s the perfect solution for someone like me who lives in rural Italy where it’s almost impossible to find any decent sewing patterns.
And from what I’ve seen online lately PDF sewing patterns are really gaining popularity amongst the online sewing crowd all over the world. Just this week I saw that Jenny from The Southern Institute launched the Sew Fab Pattern Sale which is a bundle of 19 (+1 bonus) PDF patterns for $29.95. For a girl who in the past paid upwards of $15-$20 for one pattern I find that a pretty amazing price.
So after my success with the 241 Tote I decided to try my hand at another online pattern. And seeing as I’ve been a Sew-Fan of Imagine Gnats for a long time I ordered her beautiful Bess Top pattern (which is all over Pinterest!).
I love the style of the top and the versatility of the pattern (3 different lengths and sizes 2-20 included). It’s flattering on just about any body type as well. Believe me I know, I’ve made all my friends try it on.
As you can see above I made one blouse/shirt length and the other a tunic length. I also really love the subtle high-low hem.I used 2 Max Mara linens for the shorter version. The linen has a lovely drape and will be perfect for our hot Italian summers. I find that little pleat at the shoulder just the perfect touch as well.
For the longer tunic version I used a really lovely patterned cotton (again Max Mara) with a solid black for the shoulder/back. Turned out very elegant and will be perfect with black leggings in the winter.
Can’t wait to make up some more Bess Tops in all sorts of fabric and colour combinations this summer. Now to convince Rachel to draft up a few kid’s sizes…