My First Belcarra Blouse — and not my last!

Happy Saturday, everyone! This past week I finished my first Belcarra Blouse, which was recently released by Tasia of Sewaholic Patterns. Her blog was hosting a Sewalong written by one of the other bloggers, Caroline. This top was made to go with my coral pink pencil skirt, and it turned out really well!

Pattern: Belcarra Blouse (The version with pintucks along the sleeve)

Fabric: Cream cotton voile (from Mood, maybe, but I can’t remember)

Size: 8

Alterations: None

Here’s the final product, with jeans:

CreamBelcarra+jeans1

My favorite part is the pintucks on the shoulder combined with the flattering cuffed sleeves:

CreamBelcarraSleeve

(I have not quite mastered the technique of taking photos of myself… my camera always focuses on what’s behind me when I do timed shots! I can hear the autofocus when I push the button…any tips besides having someone else take the photo?)

For this top, I sewed the pattern as-is. On the Sewaholic Sew Along, there are tutorials for a full bust adjustment (FBA), and a narrower neckline alteration. In the future, I’ll definitely be narrowing the neckline. I don’t consider myself narrow shouldered, but I suppose I’m not too “broad” either. If I’m not careful, my bra straps poke out of this top. The Sewaholic patterns are made for pear shapes, with a ~B cup bust. I am neither of those, but I just love her patterns! If I make this in a stiffer fabric I’ll need to do a FBA to avoid it being unflattering on me. The FBA essentially creates darts which ensure that the top is more fitted underneath the bust instead of hanging off of it. When it’s tucked in it looks fine, but not tucked in could be troublesome.

CreamBelcarra+jeans2

Here is the top with the pink pencil skirt I made:

CreamBelcarra+pinkskirt2

I love the combination of coral pink + cream + pearls. Makes me feel pretty darn classy!

CreamBelcarra+pinkskirt1

 

This pattern is very versatile, and very fast. I could see making a dressier version in silky fabric or even a swim suit cover in see through mesh! There’s some drapier rayon challis in my stash which would work perfect for this. Making the sleeves out of lace would also be fun! So many possibilities. Awesome pattern, Sewaholic!

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6 thoughts on “My First Belcarra Blouse — and not my last!

  1. I am so impressed with your skills. There is an online class from Craftsy that shows how to do alterations if you need any help with that. Their classes are fun to do and not expensive to have. I have several classes and just added some quilting classes. Your mom helped me with some fabric for some quilts that I am going to be making to start the new “tapestry” of my life as I start to move forward from my cancer treatments. Thanks for being part of that inspiration!!! I love what you are doing. his has been something I have thought about for a while!!! I love the blouse with the skirt!!! You are very talented. Can’t wait to see more of your stuff!!! Love you forever!!! Vicki Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 00:33:46 +0000 To: vixter46@hotmail.com

    1. Oh Aunt Vicki, you are amazing! I can’t wait to see the quilts you make 🙂 Love you!!

      Also, thanks for the tip about the Craftsy classes, I’ll definitely look into those!

  2. I love this blouse! It’s very flattering and I think you can wear it tucked in or out. So cute!

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