Testing Call: Bellavista Top
Thank you so much for your overwhelming response! The testing call is now closed. The Bellavista Top pattern is available in the shop now.
It’s good to have a new pattern ready for testing again! Would you be interested in helping to test?
The Bellavista is a cozy little top that has different options for necklines and sleeves. I think it looks elegant but casual. Because of the swing silhouette, the top is also very comfortable. Perfect for the cooler months indeed.
I’ve been on the outlook for a sweater with a cowl that looks like this. But most of them out there are not as big as I’d like. After seeing my friend’s chunky sweater with a gigantic cowl (store-bought) last February, I decided then that I’d make one in the upcoming winter. So here it is! But you don’t need to make it a sweater; it can also be made into a T-shirt with jersey fabric.
Bellavista Top Features
- Swing bodice with a center front panel
- Two neckline options—cowl neck and scoop neck with neckband
- Two sleeve options—long sleeve and three-quarter bell sleeve
Body and Finished Garment Measurements
Primary fabric Two-way or four-way stretch knit fabric with at least 50% horizontal stretch and 25% vertical stretch. French terry, cotton Lycra jersey and double brush poly are good choices. If using rayon spandex knit, you may need to go down one size or more. Do not use woven fabric.
Other Material 16” (41 cm) of 3/8” or 1/2” (1 cm or 1.25 cm)-wide straight fusible stay tape (or you may cut your own using lightweight woven fusible interfacing on the straight grain)
I plan to start testing Saturday, December 2. The final garments and photos are due Sunday, December 10. But as always, if there’s any important change to the pattern, we’ll extend testing as needed.
Please only apply if you are interested in the style of the pattern. You will not have the opportunity to modify the style of the pattern (though you may choose to do so at your own time after the testing period). If you like your garment any other way, please forgo this testing call and wait for the next style that interests you. You are expected to choose a size based on your body measurements and sew the pattern as written for the purpose of testing. Blending sizes (as instructed in the pattern) and lengthening/shortening are OK.
The chosen testers will be invited to a private Facebook group where we can discuss the pattern, share pictures and discuss revisions. I will send the invite/link to the email that you provide. So please make sure you enter the correct email in the application form. Also please make sure that I am able to view the sample photos you submit; if I am not able to view your photos (i.e., viewing requires special permission that I do not have), then I will move onto the next application.
Please sign up using this application form if you are interested. Testing is one of the most crucial steps for producing a quality pattern. I appreciate your applying!
I have not heard so I assume I was not chosen to test, curious if you think it will be realeased soon after the 10th
Thank you for your interest Judy. All the testers have been chosen. I sent emails to everyone who applied whether they were chosen or not, but I did have a few bounce backs mostly because the email addresses were not correct (this happens every test actually so it’s not unique). One might be yours.
Thank you anyway when do you think this will be released?
Hello Kennis, I love, love this top…especially the cowl version. I, too, have been wanting a cowl neck top for a while. I filled out the form for testing. What fabric did you use for your cowl version?
Thank you for your interest Tina. That one is a sweater knit. No spandex. I believe it’s all wool and I got it from Mood Fabric.
Thank you. I noticed the shoulder seam on you is wide. Is it supposed to be a dropped shoulder?
The two tops that I made here are the exact same size. The sweater knit has more drape and I let it drop off my shoulders. The cotton Lycra has more recovery so it stays on my shoulders. I think both work nicely.
I am sorry where is the form?
It’s at the bottom of the post. Please be sure to read the details so that you understand what you are getting yourself into. 🙂
I would love to test this pattern. I am a size 6. this is just what I am looking for. I feel it is very elegant.
Thank you for your interest. ? Please fill out the application.