Bess Top. Garment Sewing. {Learn More, Sew More}

For my first garment of the Learn More, Sew More garment challenge, I decided I wanted to make a top.  After checking out all of my options and thinking back to my Sorbetto top, I decided to go with a Bess Top by imagine gnats.  Since I am a “plus size” girl, I wanted a top that looked good on both “normal” size and “plus size” girls.  Since Rachael tested the pattern on many different sizes, I felt comfortable trying it out.

Here’s what I made:

Bess Top front by Crafty Planner Bess Top side 2 by Crafty Planner Bess Top side by Crafty Planner

My lessons (some of them very remedial but I promised to be true to my experience!):
– I washed and dried my fabric before I cut out the pattern.  I didn’t pre-wash my knit fabric, which ended up working well in leveling out my hems.
– I cut the pattern to fit my bust and completely ignored the hip measurement.  I assumed (ass-u-me) that the hip measurement only applied to the dress.  Umm… well, I was wrong and my t-shirt flares on the sides.  I plan to sew up the sides in smaller increments using my serger.
– I have to read and read and read directions.  I must have ripped out the neckline three times because my fabric’s wrong and right side look very similar.  At some point, I realized that I should look at where my seams were to determine right and wrong side!  Yes, we are talking remedial lessons here, people!
– I followed the directions and used my sewing machine to sew the sides of the shirt.  I pinked my seam allowances since it was easier and shown in the pattern.  Since I am lucky enough to own a serger, I will likely serge the edges when I make another one.  I will also remember that the sewing machine finish uses a 1/2″ seam allowance and my default seam allowance on the serger is 5/8″.
I really love the length of the top and the sewing together of the sleeves on the front of the shirt gives the front a bit of detail without being overwhelming.  There will be more of these shirts in the future!  🙂

 

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  1. Turned out so lovely! I need to get back to sewing clothing again ~ so nice to have something only you have and in colors you love!

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  2. It looks great on you! Well done! I’m a plus sized girl, and I want to make myself some things to wear in the worst way! Thank you for sharing your experiences. You’ve encouraged me to just go for it!

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      Lynn, thank you so much for your comment. I am so glad I could inspire you. I would love to see what you make and if I can be of any assistance, please let me know. 🙂

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