double gauze Bess Top

double gauze Bess Top || craftiness is not optional

So psyched to be a part of Selfish Sewing week! I haven’t sewn myself something in awhile so it felt great to get back in that mind frame…and now I want more! It’s a slippery slope, heh?

double gauze Bess Top || craftiness is not optional

I sewed myself up a Bess top, pattern by Imagine Gnats, and fabric from her shop as well!

The fabric is of course, amazingly soft and comfy to wear. It feels like pjs but in the best way possible. It was very easy to sew with too. I used some mustard knit for finishing off the neckline, sleeves, and hem and I love the happy pop of color it adds!

double gauze Bess Top || craftiness is not optional

I sewed up a size 10 I think but I might try sizing down next time I sew one. It fits great, just is pretty blousy, which I actually prefer. Hides the I-had-three-kids-stomach pretty darn well!

double gauze Bess Top || craftiness is not optional

I love the little pleat detail at the shoulders-it’s not super noticeable with this fabric, but I’ve seen color block versions that I’d love to try! All in all I LOVE how this top turned out and I’m looking forward to more of these Bess tops in my future!

double gauze Bess Top || craftiness is not optional

Awkward shoulder! hahaaa. hm.

double gauze Bess Top || craftiness is not optional


  1. Looks great. I’m in the middle of making a Bess top of my own. It seems a pretty easy sew so far.

  2. I think your top turned out cute and looks comfortable, I like a little looser top in the summer, they seem cooler than a snugger fitting top. Your shrug is cute too!

    I think your post would be enjoyed on my Friday Feature Linky party,
    if you would like to share, I would love to have you stop by!!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. oh i love the little pops of color peeking out, great call there! it’s very cute on you, nicely sewn, lady!

  4. I love your cardigan. Where did you get it?

  5. Jess, I love it!! now I really should make that one I was meaning to for myself 😉 thanks for sewing along with SSW!

  6. Looks fabulous on you!

  7. Hello, gorgeous!!! This is perfect on you!! I totally have to try this pattern. I like that blouse-y fit too (thank you, children).

  8. Angela B. says

    Super cute! I just found a wholesale fabric supplier in the Bay that has insanely good prices so come next week, I am sewing a up a storm!!

  9. You are really cute! I love the fabric you picked for your top, and your cardigan is darling.

  10. very very cute! I love the pattern and the fabric. Looks super comfortable too!

  11. Jess, everything you make always looks perfect and oh so wearable! Love the top, and the little addition of mustard yellow is so sneaky and fun 🙂

  12. Super cute Jess! I bet it’s a dream to wear in that double gauze!

  13. Hi Jessica,

    I have been wanting to master making a t-shirt. I have never used knits. I looked at all the t-shirts you have made (Union St., The Bess, Scout). I really like the Seafarer with the dolman sleeves..very cute. Which one is your favorite? And are they all similar in level. I am an intermediate sewer.

    • Hmmm that’s a hard question! I love them all! I would say they are pretty close in levels, the Union St V neck collar is a little fiddly but not horribly hard!


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