Thursday, February 1, 2018

French Terry Bellavista


I was pretty smitten with the Itch to Stitch Bellavista top the second it came out... something about the proportions just spoke to me. Here's my version!


I went with the cowl-neck version rather than the scoop neck (obvi, as the kids say), and the long sleeves in lieu of the bell sleeves.


Based on the size chart I went with a straight size 14. My hips put me somewhere between a 16 and an 18, but I figured the wide hem would help me out in that department. Plus, the finished measurements indicated I'd be ok.


I wrapped the sleeve pattern piece around my arm as a bit of a quick tissue fit. I wanted a bit more room, so I did a 1 inch full bicep adjustment.


My fabric is a poly/rayon blend french terry from Joann. It reads grey from afar, but it's really black and white, with fun flecks of neon coral/pink and yellow throughout. It's insanely soft and has great drape, perfect for the Bellavista's giant cowl and floaty body.


I love the Bellavista's swingy bodice and oversized cowl! It's incredibly comfortable. In addition, the Bellavista is really versatile. I think you can easily dress it up or down depending on your fabric choice and how you pair it... jeans, pencil skirt, cropped cigarette pants...


Here I paired it with my ponte Jade skirt, from Paprika Patterns, which is now almost 3 years old! I am embarrassed to say I almost never wore this skirt during those 3 years, but not because I didn't love it. Rather it was just too hot in Bangkok for a double-layer ponte skirt. But now that I've rediscovered it, I am totally pumped. It's perfect for Burlington weather!!


TLDR: Love me this Bellavista and already trying to source fabric for another!

21 comments:

  1. The cowl on that pattern is really awesome. I have a Simplicity pattern that is very similar l, which I need to try before buying this. It looks great with that skirt!

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    1. Thanks, Masha! The cowl has some shaping, which is nice, so it's not just a straight tube. It hangs really nicely!

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  2. Love it! I just bought that same fabric a few weeks ago, the last 2 yards in the store to make a style arc sunny . I may have to hunt down some more, that top looks so versatile , I need!

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    1. Oooh- I bet this fabric would make a great Sunny! That one's on my list, too!

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  3. I agree - the lines are definitely attractive on this top. Looks great on you and with your Jade skirt. (You have some of the best legs in Bloggerville, BTW!!) Some of the testers for the Bellavista colorblocked in such a way that it looks like a cardi over a tee/shell, which I thought was pretty cool. I don't do a lot of cowls here in Florida (i.e., none), but leaving that off as some of the tester pics show would work for me.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I don't think "best legs" is a compliment I've ever received! But I'll take it!

      I haven't seen the colorblocked Bellavista yet, but it sounds pretty cool!

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  4. It looks lovely! The two colours go really nicely together.

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  5. I like the lines of the top combined with the cowl neckline! It looks great!

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  6. Awesome! Can you share your preferred full bicep method? Your sleeves always hang so nicely! Mine always twist. :( Wonder about color blocking on this top. Off to check it out! Thank you!!
    Donna

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    1. Hi Donna, I use the method from the Fit for Real People (https://www.amazon.com/Fit-Real-People-Clothes-Pattern/dp/0935278656), but it's the same method detailed in this Curvy Sewing Collective tutorial: http://curvysewingcollective.com/making-your-sleeves-fit/

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    2. Thank you! I am always curious as to which method other sewers prefer!

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  7. Great looking top -- love the cowl collar!
    Because of the fullness of the top, do you think there is a need to do a bust adjustment?

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    1. Thanks! Hmmm... my only concern with skipping a FBA if you typically do one is that the top is already on the short side, so if your bust pulls it up at the hem, it might verge on crop top.

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  8. I love this outfit!! So glad this skirt is seeing the day, because it's one of my faves. I am dissatisfied with the Lark expansion cowl, and I'm still searching for the perfect cowl, but I don't really want to buy a new pattern! Huh.

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    1. I am so happy to have rediscovered this skirt, too! I need to make another one...

      Hmmm... I haven't tried the Lark or its cowl. Is it just a tube/rectangle? This one has a lot of shaping, which I think helps it lay nicely.

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  9. I just made a Bellavista, too - from an off-white lightweight burnout knit and I LOVE it, too. It was a super-fast sew on my serger, super comfy to wear, and not too hot in a sometimes overheated office.

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    1. Oooh- sounds lovely! I definitely plan to make more from this pattern!

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  10. I am thinking of color blocking a Bellavista. Those seams down the front are perfect for it.

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    1. That will be great! Debbie (see above) said she saw a colorblocked version that was lovely!

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