Belcarra Blouse

You know that feeling when you make something completely gorgeous and practical that you know you’re gonna get heaps of wear from?

The Belcarra Blouse has absolutely sent me to that happy place!

belcarra blouse front 2

After seeing Lauren Guthrie‘s version last year I found this gorgeous rayon for sale at Textile Traders and knew just what I’d make.  It only took me another 10 months or so to get around it!!

belcarra blouse sleeve 2

I made version A this time around coz I was worried how the sleeve pleats would go with the rayon.  I might try a cotton lawn or voile next time and add the pleats.

I cut a 10, graded to a 12 at the waist then back to a 10 for the hips.  The fit is perfect for a relaxed blouse like this – slightly fitted in at the waist so it’s not too boxy but with enough room to move/eat.

belcarra blouse front

I took an inch or so off the length which I think suits wearing it untucked but I’ve left enough length to be able to tuck it into a high waisted skirt.

I feel that maybe it’s slightly too wide across the front for me so I’ll take a bit out of the front neck line next time. I think my shoulder-shoulder measurement is slightly narrower than the norm because I have this problem with a fair few of my clothes.  While helping Ann from 1 Puddle Lane with her Audrey Dress testing last year, she whipped up this alteration tutorial (with some unflattering pics of me in my muslin!).  If you have the same problem, you might find it useful.

belcarra blouse sleeve

The only other change I made was to take a bit out of the side seams from the waist to the hips because it was flaring out a bit too much for my liking.  I could do with narrowing another 1/4″ or so next time.

belcarra blouse back

The use of a neck binding creates a beautiful neat finish on the inside.  Maybe I’ll do french seams for the sleeve and side seams next time…

belcarra blouse neck

This is first Sewaholic pattern I’ve made and I’m completely smitten with it.  Maybe it’ll motivate me to get on with sewing the other three Sewaholic patterns I have… *guilty face*

In other news, I’ve been following this year’s The Refashioners on Makery over the past few weeks and am stunned by the incredible potential of reusing a men’s button up shirt!  I’m half-way through my own refashion for the Community Challenge at the moment so am hoping to share that with you soon!

What have you been sewing lately?

Nat x

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