It’s time for round two of the Sewing Indie Month sewing bundle sales! For a little refresher, Sewing Indie Month (SIM) is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. It begins in September and supports small, women-owned businesses, as well as raises money for charity. It’s accompanied by a sew-along contest with some prizes, and it’s a pretty awesome cause all around if I do say so myself. Last time around I picked the Melissa skirt pattern as my SIM promotion project, this time I chose to sew the Bess Tunic by Imagine Gnats.
I love supporting indie designers and worthy causes just like SIM, but I need to start this post off with a bit of bad news first. …I’m not 100% happy with the way my Bess Tunic turned out. Whomp whooommmppp. It’s true though, I have to be honest.
This pattern features a really unique built-in sleeve that wraps around from the back pattern piece and onto the front. It’s pretty ingenious actually, but I couldn’t sew it in seamlessly without an awful pucker sticking out over the shoulder. Obviously it was something I did wrong, since all of the samples I’ve seen of this pattern look very smooth at the shoulder, but I guess the photo instructions weren’t enough to walk me through how to clip or fold the excess fabric on the inside. Uhg! I don’t like feeling defeated by sewing instructions. Shhh… can you hear that? Yeah that’s the sound of my sewing ego deflating (insert sad balloon noise).
I also wish I had sewn a size smaller but since I saw no finished measurements listed, and measuring flat pattern pieces is not something I want to do before getting to the good stuff (the sewing, obviously), I cut what my measurements put me at which was closer to the size 4. I’m not swimming in my tunic but I could have sewn the size 2 and been a little happier with the fit. It’s okay though, no biggie.
The good news is, I really like the length of the tunic version, and also the fact that this pattern has three length options. I also LOVE that it just happens to fit my back/neck/shoulders right off the bat with no gaping or weirdness going on. With my Lady Turtle shape that pretty much never, ever happens to me so I’m stoked on that! The pleats at the shoulder are super cute and I really admire how this top is constructed. It’s seriously clever!
I finished the neck and armholes with regular bias tape even though the Bess pattern calls for strips of knit fabric for binding instead, which I thought was a pretty interesting way to finish a woven fabric. I didn’t have any scraps of knit fabric around or else I would have given this method a try. I’m really curious what the difference or benefit is to that approach.
So again, this pattern has a ton of potential to be the most adorable top ever, and if I actually made a muslin first my version might have been. But alas, it’s not my favorite. I may have fared better with line drawing type illustrations instead of photographs (I really prefer line drawings) but that’s just my personal preference. I’ve seen a great many adorable versions of this pattern gracing other blogs which is why I wanted to try making it in the first place. Maybe I’ll give it another try when I’m more on my game and can get the sleeves to cooperate. We’ll see I suppose.
Still, plenty of potential!
Okay now for the promotional part! A word from our sponsors* if you will…
- The bundle sale runs from Tuesday September 1st through Thursday September 10th.
- Find the sale bundle at: https://www.sewindependent.com/product/sewing-indie-month-bundle-2/
- 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to Women for Women, which helps women dealing with violence, marginalization, and poverty due to war and conflict.
Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you’ll receive.
- Pay $25 or more to get the VNA Top, 6101 Fit & Flare Skirt, Bess Top, Nettie Dress & Bodysuit, and Pinot Pants.
- Pay $32 or more to get the Walkley Vest & Dress and Jasper Sweater & Dress.
- Pay $38 or more to get the Nautilus Swimsuit, the NEW Kinga Skirt, and the NEW April 1962 Coat.
Be sure to check out all the other awesome sewing projects on the SIM promo tour, too: Casa Crafty, Cation Designs, Girls in the Garden, Grey’s Fabric, Groovy Baby and Mama, Handmade by Carolyn, House of Pinheiro, How Good is That?, Magpie Makery, Scruffy Badger Time, Thread Theory, Three Dresses Project, and Workroom Social!
*I received the SIM bundle for free with the understanding that I’d pick at least one pattern to sew and share on this day. I did not receive monetary compensation for this post, nor will I receive a percentage for any bundles sold. All views and opinions are my own. Blah blah blah, law jargon etc etc…