Whew. September has been busy! I am feeling behind at work and behind in my blogging. I have been sewing but there are several projects I haven't blogged yet. It seems like every time I sit down to blog my kids start screaming. And keep screaming until I abandon the blog post. Does anyone else have this problem? In theory, I could write posts after the kids go to bed, but (a) my kids never seem to go to bed; (b) if one magically goes to sleep on time, the other refuses to and wakes up the first one; and (c) by the time both kids are asleep, it's mama bedtime, and I am absolutely exhausted and could not string two brain cells together, let alone 500 words.
Aaaaaggghhh. (Mantra: "It's just a short season in my life. It's just a short season in my life.")
So anyway, it took me a while to get on the "Selfish Sewing Week" bandwagon, but here I am, better late than never! This is the "Bess Top" from Imagine Gnats. I was actually a tester for this pattern, and have already made up one version in striped linen shirting. Which I haven't blogged. Because I am so freaking behind. Because I can't blog, see above. Ah well. This version is in a voile from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks line.
This pattern is really simple and sweet. I love the way the shoulder wraps over the front. And the little pleat is perfect.
Inspired by this version, I added two tiny little buttons to each shoulder pleat. Such a sweet idea!
This fabric is like "budduh," people. So soft. And so gloriously yellow and cheerful! Not the easiest thing to sew, but lovely. I opted to face the neck, sleeves, and hem with self-bias. That's a whole lot of voile to cut, sew, and press (it resists pressing a bit), but the end results are so nice.
To save fabric, I used a seam up the back, and used it to create a bit of additional shaping, too.
It has been really fun to see my friend Rachael at Imagine Gnats graduate from regular ol' sewing blogger to pattern designer! And her patterns are the bomb. She's livin' the dream, people!