the Nessie top-a new knit top pattern!


woohoo! I am super duper excited to announce the release of my newest pattern-the Nessie top! You probably saw my posts last week starring the basic Nessie and the two variations….this versatile knit tee pattern features a bevy of options-the basic Nessie has a comfy, swingy fit, a hi-lo hem and is perfect for showcasing a favorite print. Other variations include a peter pan collar, color-blocked front bodice, and three sleeve lengths: short sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves, and long sleeves! I’ve had so much fun putting this one together-and have become a bit addicted to sewing them since they are so quick! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! Also a huge thank you to my testers! They were so helpful and made some adorable Nessies. (I’ll round them up in a post sometime in the next while!)

The PDF pattern comes with 18 pages of instructions, tips, and helpful charts, in color of course! It includes 10 sizes, from 6-12 mo all the way up to a size 8!

Printable, PDF pattern



Enjoy some outtakes from our photo shoots below!








  1. Your girls are so cute and I’m very found of this pattern : I like the way it fits and variations, especially the peter pan collar…!

  2. Wow, your girls are so cute! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and it’s cool to see how your little ones have grown so much. Thanks for sharing your life and your talent.

  3. your kids always look so happy in your pictures, it always brings a smile to my face 🙂

  4. yay it’s so cute – congrats on the new pattern, girl!

  5. hi,
    I tried purchasing the Bapron pattern, Paypal showed that the payment went through but didn’t receive. Could you quickly send me the pattern, please?


  6. Bought and willing to cut into the fabric right now :-))))
    Great job!

  7. Loving these photos! Your girls are too cute, and they all look as if they have big personalities as well. I really like this top! It can do and be just about anything. And, you always use such great fabrics. I love that!

  8. Charlotte just cracks me up! All your girls are super duper sweet! Love the pattern, definitely going to put on my post Christmas crafting list 🙂

  9. What an absolutely darling shirt. Your girls are too cute in them!

  10. so cute! that peter pan collar kills.

  11. Ahaha! I love that picture of Charlotte… what is she DOING? =)

  12. Love it. I think I’ll make a mommy version. Love the flow of this.

  13. Where do you find your fabrics? My local fabric store doesn’t have the greatest selection!


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  2. […] simply tee – and there are tons of patterns out there! Some of my favorites to use would be Craftiness is Not Optional Nessie Tee or the  Blank Slate Patterns Tee Times […]

  3. […] I went to sew up the Nessie Top I only have a few half yards of color knits and no patience to wait on some more fabric to arrive. […]

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  6. […] made was to use Jess of CINO’s method of attaching the neckband that I picked up from making Nessie Tops last winter. Using Jess’s method, you attach the neckband as a long strip before sewing it […]

  7. […] its probably not a secret by now that I am in love with the Nessie Top.  It is so easy to make, invites lots of color combo’s, and adds style to a plain t-shirt, a […]

  8. […] is Not Optional (I’m a big fan of hers!) and I love it (although not as much as her Nessie pattern!). It is a very simple raglan button-down shirt (also includes a dress length) and it was a […]

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