Pattern Review: Bellini and Navy/White Polka Dot Silk

I rocked this pattern!  I need like 27 more of these!

OK, I must give a lot of the love credit to the fabric which she still has in stock here

Pattern Description: As per Capital Chic: “Bellini is a loose fitting, cap sleeved blouse with either a cutaway collar or a scalloped collar. This blouse is designed to be worn with the top button closed but can easily be worn with the neck open. It is a versatile basic that will add options to any wardrobe. The blouse closes with buttons at the centre front and features bias-bound armholes, a machine rolled hem and french seams throughout. Full illustrated instructions for these techniques are included.” Super cute, instant gratification top which can be as dressy or as casual as you choose.

Pattern Sizing: This comes in sizes 10 through 18 which are all included in one pdf. I looked at the size chart and my measurements most closely resembled a 16 which is one size larger than I wear in big 4. Their size chart is here

Were the instructions easy to follow? I like the instructions. They are well written compared to many of the independent pattern companies. They are well illustrated and include a the finished garment measurements (which were accurate BTW). 

* Instructions included for French seams which really add to this simple blouse.
* Well written collar application instructions! It instructs to machine stitch but I chose to hand stitch while watching TV.
* I took a short cut and serged and hemmed the sleeves instead of using the recommended bias trim.

I didn’t use the pattern layout because I cut on the bias, but it looked quite accurate.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love the simplicity, especially the shoulders and lack of sleeves.

Fabric Used: Absolutely DEEEEVINE silk charmeuse with the cutest little Valentino V’s woven into the print that I got at a great price at Sew Much Fabric. It being 60″ makes it so much easier to cut on the bias than 45″. I highly recommend that if you love bias cut charmeuse like me, you need to grab all the 60″ that you can find and squirrel it.
I cut the collar from a white piece that I have in stash.

I know that some people don’t care for pdf patterns, one thing that I really love about them is the ability to print twice. This is super handy when you are printing single layer for the matching of fabric patterns. This allows me to make the most efficient layout.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added an inch or so to the length (I’m 6 feet tall). The only fit change that I needed to make is that the arms were too tight for my heavy biceps. next time I will extend the opening, this time I just shortened them and the hem and they fit fine. The sleeve measures about 13″ and my upper arms are about 15″, so you might want to check this.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Heck yes! I’m already planning more!

Conclusion: This is a great new pattern company. They don’t have too many patterns out there, but they are well drafted with good instructions and great customer service. You can down load the pattern file up to 3 times and it includes a pdf for home printing (8 1/2 X 11) and a pdf that you can have printed if you don’t want to print and tape at home. This also includes a pdf for instructions.

Thank you Becki-I love, love your blouse!  Keep up with Becki’s sewing adventures here.

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