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Since finding my sewing mojo, I keep thinking about attempting to sew some clothes for myself. Can I do it? I feel like I might just be able to! I've been drawn to some independent designers, and one of the patterns I like is from Rachael of Imagine Gnats. Those are her Bess tops up there. The pattern also can be made as a dress/tunic!

Right now, all of her patterns are in PDF format. And while I do love a PDF for it's instant gratification, there's something nice about paper patterns for their no-assembly ease. Which is why Rachael is currently seeking funding to do a print run. Here's a bit of information from Rachael:

imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. it's come a long way in just five years... from a hobby to a full-time job. my love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create.

i am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques

currently, my patterns are all offered as printable pdfs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people.

for the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors!


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Could you help fund Imagine Gnats patterns? There are some sweet perks to helping, and if you hurry, you can still get a great deal on an early bird pattern pack!

Oh, and guess what! Rachael is giving away a free PDF pattern to a lucky Wild Olive reader! Enter below using Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thanks for the giveaway, Rachael, and thanks for making such lovely patterns! I can't wait to make myself something pretty!

56 comments:

  1. I've recently started sewing and have made numerous aprons, pillows, blankets.... But clothes freak me out =-O but I love your website and it gives me the courage to try... With the help of a pattern of course!

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  3. I've just made my first shirt, it's so satisfying! I'm definitely hooked and going to make some more soon!! This pattern looks really great and easy to sew!! I'd definitely choose this pattern (the bess top) because I think it's pretty versatile making it into a dress too!

    Lou :)

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  4. I am somewhat of a beginner sewer. It would be nice to learn how to make my own t-shirts and such. :)

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  5. I like the Meridian pattern, thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  6. I'm branching out into sewing too - and would love some great easy to use patterns like these!

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  7. The Meridian cardigan looks wonderful! I'd love to try to make it!

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  8. I'd love the try the bess dress!

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  9. The Bess top/dress!!!

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  10. I love the tumble tee pattern!!

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  11. Anonymous6:04 PM

    The tumble tee pattern looks perfect for my daughter. Thanks for the chance. Dawn F.

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  12. I love that bess top pattern- the larger for women one- I just love a long flowing top- that can be worn with leggings-

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  13. The Roly Poly looks like fun :)

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  14. Ooh I'd love to try the meridian pattern for women!

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  15. I love the look of the Bess top!

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  16. I would get the Bess Top for me or the Roly-poly pinafore to make for my niece!

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  17. I love the Bess top :)

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  18. I like the Meridian Pattern for girls

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  19. I love the Meridian for women but the Bess looks like a winner too.

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  20. I love the Bess top and would be really happy to win a copy to make for summer !

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  21. I would pick the Bess because there is so much you can do with it.

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  22. I'd make the Bess top as a dress . . . the pattern says it has pockets!

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  23. I already have the Meridian cardigan so I would pick the Bess Top.

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  24. I'd like to try the Bess top, as I too am intimidated by making my own clothes (past skirts).

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  25. Would love to make my own clothes, currently just sew things mainly for the home or accessories!

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  26. I would choose the roly-poly pinafore pattern :)

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  27. I love both the Meridian patterns :)

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  28. That Bess top is beautiful!

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  29. I would love to make the Meridian cardi!

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  30. I love the meridian wrap cardigan!

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  31. I would love to try the meridian top…but the I've had my eye on the bess top lately….

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  32. Such great patterns~ My very fave is the Tumble Tee top. The Bess top is pretty awesome, also, so I guess that is my second fave.

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  33. I really like the Roly Poly Pinafore for little girls...so sweet!

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  34. I really want to try a Bess top.

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  35. The Bess top looks pretty cool!

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  36. I'd love a copy of the Bess Top!

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  37. I'd like to try the Meridian Cardigan!

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  38. Linda L.11:23 AM

    Love that meridian pattern. It's great that you could make a mother/daughter version.

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  39. The meridian women's pattern looks great.

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  40. The Meridian cardi for kids, love it!

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  41. I love the Roly Poly Pinafore.

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  42. DEFINITELY want the Bess top and I'll be looking seriously at the rest!

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  43. I love what the independent pattern makers are doing out there, so many of the patterns are easy and accessible even for not-very-good sewers like me!

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  44. I would love the womens meridian! i love how comfy it looks!

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  45. The Bess top! Love it.

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  46. FP Wear4:28 PM

    I have been leery of sewing for me, but this might be a good pattern with which to start!

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  47. Such cute shirts! and I love the name :)

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  48. the roly-poly pinafore pattern

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  49. I think the only one I don't own is the meridian (either size is fine)

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  50. Sarah1:43 PM

    Roly-poly pinafore for sure

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