the Nessie top-upcoming pattern

red and yellow floral nessie top  craftiness is not optional

My latest pattern, the Nessie top-is out to testers as we speak! I gotta say, this one’s my favorite so far. An easy to wear knit top with some fun features and variations! the Basic Nessie is what I’m sharing with you today…a hi-lo hem with long sleeves (there are also a short sleeved and 3/4 sleeved option!) it’s perfect for showcasing a favorite fabric. I love it with a contrasting neckband, too. They are quick to sew up and you can make the whole thing on your sewing machine in probably an hour or less! No serger needed, although one is handy. Alright, now scroll down for some more pics and check back in later this week with the variations on this pattern!

red & yellow floral nessie top  craftiness is not optional

Ava’s wearing the 12-18 month size here…fits her perfectly! Fabric is from Girl Charlee awhile ago.

pink chevron nessie top by craftiness is not optional

Sadie’s got on a testing size 4 here, in some coral chevron.

nessie closeup   craftiness is not optional

pink chevron top by craftiness is not optional

pink nessie by craftiness is not optional

briar rose nessie by craftiness is not optional

Ava’s wearing a 18-24 mo size here and as you can see it’s too big….but she’s still gonna wear it cause she will grow into it in a flash. That girl LOVES to eat. I love this one, in some uber cute Briar Rose, from Fabricworm!

briar rose nessie top by craftiness is not optional

nessie bow by craftiness is not optional

Here’s the first tester version! with a different neckband and bow. I’ve smoothed out the rough edges now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also in some mustard stripe from Girl Charlee.

Nessie top by craftiness is not optional

the Nessie top by craftiness is not optionall


  1. SO cute! I need to make some long sleeve shirts for my girls…can’t wait for your pattern to come out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. VERY cute! I love the coral chevron version!

  3. dottedwhale says

    It’s cute!!

  4. Yay, looking forward to this! And Ava is becoming quite the little model ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh I hope it comes out soon! I’ve been searching for a pattern like this for ages. Adorable girlies too!

  6. It looks really great. Sweet, girly, but not too girly. I’m looking forward to the variations and of course the pattern outcome! A purchase for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love it!! Now you need a picture if you & Ava in your matching mustard striped shirts!!

  8. So cute! And I’m so glad you are doing knit patterns – it is often hard to find cute patterns for knits!

  9. Linda Steaples says

    So cute can’t wait !!!!!!!

  10. Lelania Oosthuizen says

    This pattern is so versatile and will stand the test of time, very inspired.
    Can you tell me upto what size the pattern will go to?

  11. this is really cute jess! can’t believe our babies are so big, too!!

  12. Do you think the pattern will be out in time to include this in our holiday gift sewing?

  13. Seriously, you sold me just on the beautiful photos! Any plans to make women’s patterns? The hemline on this shirt is so flattering! Just out of curiousity, how does one get to be a CINO pattern tester?

    • no plans on women’s patterns as of now…but thanks! I usually do a call out on my FB page if I need testers ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. This is adorable! I can’t wait for the tour!

  15. Oh, the cuteness! I love it! =)

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