Yep, a new top and here is the expanded review:
Itch to Stitch Bellavista top
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐out of 5
Suitable for beginners on up
Great instructions, except for Step 9. It states:
It can be improved by labeling the neck edge and the center back. If you have experience, you will arrange the cowl with the center back seam away from you and the two shoulder notches at your hands holding the cowl as you pin it to the bodice. A beginner to cowls might get confused about turning it right side out and then re-orienting it 90 degrees.
Why I chose this pattern:
I like the generous cowl, and I became more and more in love with the knit used for the cover. I cannot wear that color (It would be "Where's Mary?") and I would need to adjust the cowl as I am petite. Time went on and the rational side of my brain took charge. I needed either black, grey, or vibrant colors. I needed a smaller cowl, and I needed a bit more length.
Searching, I found this outfit in Soft Surroundings.Onto a muslin and alterations to make it as close as possible to the inspiration piece and to fit me.
Working with Itch to Stitch PDF patterns:
What a treat! This pattern line includes layers in the PDF, so you can print only the size you need. Nicely organized, and includes good directions for printing and assembling your pattern.
Sizing for this pattern:
This is a close fit through the shoulders and upper bust, and then a gentle swing silhouette below. I used a size 2, which includes finished measurements of
37 1/4"- 39 1/8"- 49 3/8"
This is a fast pattern to sew and very cozy. I am a fan of this pattern line and cannot wait to make another Bellavista!