Nothing like a cozy cowl neck sweater to hold off the the winter chill, right? We've been looking at -15F wind chills in my neck of the woods the last couple weeks and it looks to continue for a while longer. My Bellavista Top from Itch-To-Stitch Designs has been getting lots and lots of wear!
Bellavista Top is a slightly cropped swing bodice top with options making it suitable for not just the heart of winter, but transitional seasons as well. Made in a light jersey, with a scoop neck and 3/4 sleeves, you have a version that works in the mild temperatures of spring and fall. Choose a snugly sweater knit with a cowl neck and long sleeves to stay warm and toasty in the winter.
- 2 sleeve options: 3/4 bell or long sleeve
- 2 neck options: banded scoop or cowl
- Center front panel for an unfitted waist and color block options
Check out all the tester versions HERE in the pattern launch post. There are some fantastic versions that trick you into thinking the top is a layered with a cardigan.
About My Tops
I joined this test team late, as I was out of town for work, but I still had no trouble knocking out 2 versions within the test because Bellavista only takes a couple hours to create.
And guess what? NO MUSLIN.
yeah. Totally unlike me, I know.
For my first version, I pulled out some navy double brushed poly I'd been sitting on from the Simply By Ti fabric shop. I decided to make a contrast cowl, hoping to achieve a faux infinity scarf look. Initially, I planned for this version to have long sleeves, but I discovered too late that I had laid the fabric wrong and ended up with a weird notch cut out of the lower part of one sleeve, and I had to shorten them to 3/4.
It works as a great layering piece underneath my newest La Paz Jacket as well.
My second version has proper long sleeves, made from a mystery sweater knit I picked up at Fabricland Outlet. It was super cheap (maybe $3/yard) and I LOVE it. I wish I had bought more than 2 yards.
My Bellavista Top looks great with both jeans or skirts & boots.
The entire top was made on my serger and hemmed on my coverstitch.
Are You Going To Sew Bellavista?
If you are looking for a quick and easy sew to pull you out of the winter blues or kick start your sew-jo for 2018, this is it! Bellavista requires very little fit-finesse (or none, in my case), but results in a stylish sweater/top that feels great to wear.
You can snatch a copy of the Bellavista Top from Itch-To-Stitch Designs for 20% off, which is just $8, but only until January 9th ...So don't procrastinate!
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