Six months since I last blogged? It seems unbelievable after all those years of blogging twice a week like clockwork. But we all know what the past year has been like, so let’s just dive right in!
This is the Bessie top by my friend Anya of Anna Zoe Patterns. I met Anya a few years back at the Pattern Review Weekend, and she is just lovely. Smart, kind, funny and talented! I agreed to pattern test her first adult pattern, but then ran out of time and sewjo. She sent me the pattern for free anyway, and here it is, many months later!
The pattern has a raglan sleeve with dramatic swooping lines, and a shaped seam over the shoulder. The pattern also has an option for a button up version with a collar, which of course I avoided. The scoop looks good when I stand up straight, but it’s an open window to my bra when I bend over! Next time I’ll bring the neckline in an inch all around, and I think it will be perfect.
My favourite part of the pattern totally surprised me – it’s the bell effect of the sleeves! Dramatic sleeves are so trendy, but sometimes a big puff sleeve overwhelms my figure. I think this would look amazing as a shift dress.
I sewed a size 18 at the shoulders and graded to 20, the largest size, at the hips. I hope that Anya can expand the size range as she develops ore patterns!
I’m so rusty at this blogging business… what else should I include? Is that enough pictures? Do they show all the angles and details you’d want to see? I’m just going to leave it there for now, and hopefully I’ll be back before too long with some other long-finished projects from the fall!
Hugs to you all, my friends!