Anyway, I was thinking about this rhyme when I was deciding whether to post about this new top I sewed. Because, people! I don't really like sharing photos of myself like this. It kinda feels like putting a picture of myself on my shelf. I don't think it's a self-conscious thing, but rather an unnatural thing for me.
But, I DO want to share this top because I think it's a really good one and it helped me pass this sewing funk that I'm presently in. I've been feeling creatively stumped, and somewhat unmotivated. But, sometimes I just want to escape and make something...anything. I've been thinking about slowly trying to build up my handmade wardrobe this year. But, I didn't want to deal with a new pattern. So, I figured it was a good opportunity to stitch up a favorite and make another Bess top.
I really love my last Bess Top, but it did end up a bit big on me. So this time I went down a size and and also sewed the shirt length (instead of tunic). I also took some width out of the front and back pattern pieces (right down the middle on the fold). I've started doing this because I have such narrow shoulders and it seems to give a better fit. I have NO idea whether that is the proper way to adjust a pattern for this particular issue, but it has worked for me. All in all, it ended up fitting perfectly! Yay!
Seriously, the Bess is a super comfortable fit. It reminds me of a dressed up t-shirt. Such a detail, but one of my favorite aspects of the fit is that the armholes aren't too tight. Also, I said it last time but have to say again that the finishing technique Rachael uses on the neckline, sleeves and hem (using knit) is ba-rilliant! Such an easy, clean and soft finish.