I was one of the people who tested this new and quite excellent pattern from Itch to Stitch and I have to say that it sews up like a dream!
I was asked to test the scoop neck with full length sleeves, but given that it’s summer here, I chose to use some crinkle knit from Knitwit, having a bit of a play with the stripes.
Those chevrons gave me more trouble than they are worth and even though there’s a bit of dodgy matching there, I do like the effect. You can see the effect of the swing bodice.
There are a few options with this top, and of course they can be mixed and matched.
Next I made a stretchy lace one, still with the scooped neck but this time I added the bell sleeves. From memory I took a couple of centimetres off the length of the sleeves and, because of the selvedge on the lace, I made the bottom straight instead of curved. I love this one!
The sleeves were cut with the selvedge at the cuffs too, which can just be seen in this view. The fabric also came from Knitwit and has been lingering in my stash for far too long. I think I may have made this one a little longer.
I wanted to test the cowl version, so got out this gorgeous cotton French Terry that I bought somewhere (US? UK?), and off I went. And what a cowl it is! Truly, it covers my head and I have photographic evidence to prove it. I added 5cm to the length of this one so that I can wear it with leggings in the winter. It was summer when I took these photos so I was rather hot!
I don’t normally enjoy cowl necks, but really I liked this one so much that I suddenly had an urge for a wool one. With pockets! I found some black wool knit in my stash, and added 5cms to the length again.
The pockets are a bit hard to see, but I just cut two pocket shapes out and sewed the edge to the back side seam. Then I turned in the side seam at the front and sewed the pocket bag to the side fronts. At some point I must have sewn the side seams! I chose this method as I didn’t want the bulk of a double pocket bag.
I was going to take a photograph of the pockets in close up, but this top has already been packed for my next adventure, so sorry, you’ll have to take my word for it!
So there you have it. Although Kennis designed this as a winter top, I think that the Bellavista is really versatile and will take you through most of the year (depending on where you live, of course!). At the moment it is 20% off, coming down to $8, but Kennis also offers great discounts for bulk buying, so check that out too.
How many Bellavistas will you make?