It’s Been a While, But I’ve Still Got It

I’ve been thinking – isn’t it sad that as soon as my life gets busy I stop doing the things I really enjoy? Let me tell you this – I have been BUSY! It’s important to get the essential things done but the fun things make life better – so here is a Belcarra Blouse by Sewaholic Patterns.

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I’m currently on uni holidays so I’ve seized the moment and got sewing. I made this top, as well as cut out Muse Patterns’ Jenna Cardi and Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirtdress which I secretly think will go really nicely together! I tried taking some photos outside but it was SO SUNNY that I ended up with watering eyes. This is my level of commitment team! At least I know it’s nearly summer.

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I made this blouse out of a silk-viscose blend. And as I was sewing it I wondered if it were meant to used for lining? Isn’t viscous normally a lining material, I wondered? Of course it was already too late by this stage as I had cut the fabric into a t-shirt, but even as I wear it now I’m still wondering… Anyway it feels lovely to wear and has a lovely loose drape so I’m not too bothered about it. Also, as 99% of the western world buys RTW clothes they wouldn’t recognise the print anyway so it will be our secret ok?

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Side note – these are my favourite trousers-and-shoes combination at the moment. They’re both quite out of the box for me! The trousers are wet-look, super-skinny, super-stretchy jean-type-things. The shoes are black leather with chunky wooden heals. I’m quite fond of both of these pieces.

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Notes for future Belcarras:

  • In this version I did not top stitch the cuffs. I think in the next edition this would be a nice detail.
  • I kept the sizing and shape as is (we all know Sewaholic Patterns are pear-shaped right?) I think I’ll keep my next on this way as I really like the having lots of ease on the waist. I think the shape looks nice. Length is also great for me.
  • This top is crying out for contrasting shoulder/ sleeve panels. I currently have some white crepe sitting lonesome in the fabric bookcase and I’m thinking of pairing it with golden shoulders. Too much? Try stop me!
  • Neck bias binding isn’t amazing but only ok-ish (very scientific categorising). This is an area for improvement…
  • Pattern placement: I gave the front and back panels a lot of thought and ensured the fabric design was centred. Bizarrely didn’t consider this at all when it came to matching at the sides. This happened with my Charlotte Skirt too. Alas, I think I need to slow down a bit and make sure to check these things next time. Having said that it’s only fellow sewists who notice these things or care! AMIRITE?

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One more thing. Is it just me or does the neckline look really wide on this top? When I first tried it on I was like woah that is gonna slip and slide every where! But actually it’s fine. I haven’t had any issues and it frames my clavicles nicely!

Have you made the Belcarra yet? What did you think?

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18 thoughts on “It’s Been a While, But I’ve Still Got It”

  1. I’ve just made up a silk belcarra too, so exciting to be making warm weather clothes! I like the neckline, I feel like the width balances out the fact that its a bit higher cut than my usual style. White with gold shoulders sounds awesome!

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  2. Love the fabric you chose for your Belcarra! I did find the neckline too wide on mine, so there hasn’t been a repeat of this top for me. I did love the raglan sleeves though, especially the one with the pintucks.

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  3. Love the fabric, looks rather retro. I rememder sewing those prints as a teenager in the70’s.we wore a lot of tent dresses, maybe that would be a good pattern design

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  4. Love it! I made my first Belcarra from sweet Liberty fabric and did the cute pintucks on the sleeves. I love the wide neckline but took it in a lot down the side seams and I think it hangs a little bit funny now. Yours is gorgeous! I’ll be blogging about mine soon but check out my post called Jersey Adventure which is loosely based on the Belcarra pattern.
    Catherine x

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  5. Cute squinty photos Penny! I’m also so glad that spring is finally here. Love your outfit, especially that great print. I have to say I am not really a fan of the belcarra neckline, it’s just too wide. I love the raglan sleeves though – it’s hard to find raglan sleeve patterns for wovens. Bring on the end of semester!

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