We had the privilege of sewing up another German sewing pattern. This time it was the Bellah by Prulla. But don’t worry, this pattern is once again available translated to English in the Naeh Connection shop.
Bellah is a loose, casual shirt, made from lightweight fabrics. The pattern is defined by some pleats at the shoulders. I didn’t sew the pleats exactly the way the pattern recommends, but ended up with a very nice blouse anyway.
Bellah can be sewn in 7 different sizes from 34 to 46. Those are European sizes, so if you don’t know your size, you choose one from the finished garment measurement chart included in the pattern. I made size 36.
I love that this pattern includes the intended height (5’8”) it was designed for. This is always helpful for someone tall like me. Then I know exactly what I need to do to make it work for my 6’ tall frame. This time, I only added an inch to the length, and nothing to the shoulders. I usually widen a pattern at the shoulders for my broad shoulders, and probably should have this time, but it’s wearable as is.
I made the 3/4 length sleeves. There is elastic at the end of the sleeves, another nice feature. This means if you push the sleeves up, they will stay and not keep slipping down! Always nice for a busy mother who needs every extra hand she can get!.
About those pleats; I closed the pleats like you do on a skirt. When I was editing the photos, I realized something was not quite right about them, and went back and read the pattern instructions again. Sure enough, I had messed up, they are supposed to be open, allowing for a little more detail at the shoulders. But with the busy-ness of the fabric, I don’t think it’s too noticeable.
That fabric is some very lightweight fabric (crinkle chiffon?) that was in my stash. It’s very pretty with shades of grey and blue throughout. Since it is so sheer, I’m layering it over a black tank in these photos. It is perfect for summer and into fall layered with a cardigan.
The Bellah pattern is pretty easy to sew, I did it in one afternoon, even with a nursing newborn baby! There are only 5 pieces. I did take time to finish all the edges of this lightweight fabric with a zigzag stitch to preserve it longer. And ever though I added length, I only sewed a tiny rolled hem instead of the deeper hem the pattern suggested. You can make it even faster if you choose the option to eliminate the buttons and buttonholes.
This is a nice pattern for a faster, casual woven shirt. If you’d like to sew a Bellah shirt, you can find it here in the Naeh Connection Shop.