Maternity Bess Top Pattern Review and Giveaway

Imagine Gnats' Bess Top Maternity-ized by Rae Gun Ramblings

So I found another awesome shirt pattern! I was really excited when I was invited to be a part of Imagine Gnats pattern tour, I’ve been wanting to try out the cute Bess Top pattern since I’ve seen peoples versions of the shirt circulating on Instagram. But I was even more excited when I sewed up the shirt and tried it on.

DIY maternity shirt. Imagine Gnats Bess top sewn by Rae Gun Ramblings

Not only is it a SUPER quick and easy sew, I really love the fit. I did not alter the pattern at all to make it Toasty (prego) friendly. All I did was make the front piece out of a knit. This pattern is made to be used with woven (non-stretchy) fabrics but I’m just a rebel like that.

Quick easy shirt pattern that can be adapted for maternity - Rae Gun Ramblings

It comes in three lengths: shirt, tunic, and dress. I made the tunic since I figured that it would easily cover my bump now and then it would be just a normal tunic after Toasty comes.

Great fast and easy shirt pattern. Perfert as maternity or regular wear - Rae Gun Ramblings

Also I LOOOOOVE that it has two necklines. Really why don’t more patterns do this? Rachael is a genius that must be it. PS you know you love my startle face. PSS did you notice the new white walls? SOOOOO much better that the old yellow!

Maternity Bess Top. Great sewing pattern that works for pregos and normal bodies alike! Review at Rae Gun Ramblings

But back to the pattern, if you want to join me in “Sewing Our Stash” and making more wearables for yourself this is a great pattern to add to your collection. There are only a few steps so it comes together very fast. And I just love how unique a design it is. Simple but with cool details. I will definitely be making more.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to win a copy of the pattern (or a different one of the Imagine Gnats patterns) in the rafflecopter above. Also if you just can’t wait use the code “januarytour” in the Imagine Gnats shop to receive 20% off of any of her patterns. While you’re there be sure to check out her cute fabrics, I bought some darling ones for Toasty a few weeks ago (spoiled boy).

january pattern tour button 466And make sure you check out all the other great bloggers who are joining in on the pattern tour. I think it’s so fun to see different versions of the same patterns. Thanks so much to Rachael for having me on the tour. See more at her shop and her blog!

Inder Loves Folk Art / mon petit lyons / Sew Delicious
la inglesita / Miss Matatabi / Rae Gun Ramblings
Welcome to the Mouse House / Casa Crafty
Make it Handmade / Made with Moxie / Buzzmills
girl like the sea / just me jay / Play Crafts
Sew Well Maide / Sew Charleston / Mingo and Grace
Caila Made / Sewbon / do Guincho / call ajaire
Alison Glass / a.Amelia Handmade / Bored & Crafty
you & mie / Stitched Together / things for boys
fake it while you make it / Sanae Ishida
Behind the Hedgerow / I Seam Stressed / Charming Doodle
The Crafty Kitty / Siestas & Sewing / Figgy’s

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  1. you’re so stinking adorable!!!! it looks SO great on you :)

  2. If I won, I’d choose the Roly Poly Sewing Pattern. It’s so versatile and fitting for girls of any age!
    P.s. You look adorable being pregnant!

  3. I bought fabric last week to make this top. I have been waiting for payday to buy the pattern.

  4. charlotte l says:

    I’d choose the Meridian Cardi for Women. I bought the girls one last week and want it for myself too!

  5. I would choose the Bess Top, i love the simple chic features it has

  6. Super cute! I like her Meridan Cardi pattern, too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love it! Great idea to use knit for a prego friendly top. Love the two fabrics you’ve chosen! xx

  8. Oh, it looks so great on you! I just made a Bess Top and want to make more! I would choose the Meridian Cardi for women if I won.

  9. Looks great! And so smart to use a knit. I rarely sew for myself, but I should!

  10. Amazing Art.. I would like to appreciate your talent.. Keep it up…:)

  11. I love your use of knit to accommodate your baby bump! I would also choose the Bess (to wear with my Meridan cardigan, of course!)

  12. I’ve been wanting the Bess Top. Come on, RaffleCopter! Pick me! I love the fabric you chose! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  13. Jenny W H says:

    I think I’d go for the Bess Top too!

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