Last month I pattern tested the Bellavista Top by Itch to Stitch Patterns. I needed some more winter tops to add to my wardrobe, and this gave me a chance to use some knits in my stash. The pattern can be made with or without the cowl. This design is very relaxed and comfortable. It flatters a lot of body types.
The long sleeved Bellavista Top calls for 2 yards of fabric, minimum, for good reason. Remember, you need enough to cut out two long sleeves and 2 cowl pattern pieces. A cowl does require more fabric than you might think but it’s a great design feature and oh, so cozy!
I made a straight size 00 with bell sleeves in a 100% cotton from my stash with about 25% stretch across the grain. The pattern calls for 50% stretch, so I took a gamble on this one. It looks fine in the pictures, but is a little snug. This inexpensive cotton jersey is 12 oz. + and is a little stiffer, so it has great body.
My long sleeved Bellavista is Telio Ibiza Rayon/Poly/Lycra from Fabric.com.
I love how soft this fabric is! It has 50% 4 way stretch and great drape. This is a top I could live in…for maybe 2 months out of the year in Charleston. We’ll be moving up North next year so I’m sure I will get to use it more.
You can use a 2 way stretch knit for this project (think sweater knits!) but you may want to consider how that will change the length of your garment. My aqua Bellavista is a little bit shorter than my purple one.
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