This is my first project for this blogpost series and I am happy to share this with all of you! 🙂
I’ve been following Tasia of Sewaholic since 2011, I think. How she has grown her blog to a business is a very inspiring story. She used to post just her works and now she’s creating patters to share to her readers. She’s one of my inspirations to start my own blog. I believe that aside from her great talent, it’s her friendliness and being approachable and reachable by her followers that made it a success. And best of all, she is from Vancouver! Wouldn’t it be nice to support local! I am looking forward to featuring her on my blog someday!
Introducing.. the Belcarra Blouse! This is also my first garment by Sewaholic Patterns, and first time trying a PDF pattern (more projects coming soon!) She had this available as a PDF so it’s easy for me to just print it and sew up a storm. I was so excited as soon as I opened the files. From her posts, I had the impression that this is an easy sew and it was! Although, I had some issues, which I expected for sewing a pattern the first time, it is still manageable and not very frustrating. I still ended up with a piece I would want to wear.
On fabric, I used a 100% rayon with print which I bought years ago, when I started sewing, and a lightweight cotton denim for the sleeves for contrast and because I don’t have enough rayon fabric. I’m glad the colours matched up. I had some extra denim when I sew a collared shirt in one sewing class I attended.
What I love about this pattern:
It’s a really easy sew! I have troubles setting in sleeves, but with the raglan sleeves of this pattern, I had no worries at all! And no zippers! You are guaranteed to have a piece that you can wear and it is beautiful!
Very versatile yet simple! So many inspirations! I will definitely sew more of this blouse in the future! I would even love to transform this into a dress. I think that’ll be lovely! Perfect for summer! I can imagine a lace sleeve on it, striped fabric, comfy stretch cotton fabric and even silk. It can be a formal look or a casual look. The options are just endless. All you need is your imagination and creativity!
Easily tweakable to fit you! This is just awesome! And on her blog, there’s a tutorial and sew-along. You’ll never get lost! And with determination, you’ll finish it together with sewing lovers all around the world!
The fit! Very comfortable fit. Not too loose and not too tight. Just what I needed! Knowing I have a toddler and a 7 mo. old. I gotta be able to move comfortably yet still be in style.
Here are some photos!
What I’d do next time
First, on PDF patterns – I must have not read the full instructions and went straight to cutting while putting it together. I should have completed putting them together and then cut. This is lesson #1. I must have not printed a few pages and as a result, I was not able to put the cuff, but it still worked out, luckily!
I’d add in a pocket. And of course the cuffs. The pattern came in with a view with a pocket in the front. Since I have contrasting sleeves. I think it will look better with a pocket.
I’d do the bias binding more carefully. Hooray! This is the first time I’ve sewn a bias binding! Not bad! Not bad at all! Just a little bit more practice. (You gotta be forgiving when you sew!). What happened was, it stretched while I was pressing it. It’s rayon, so it’s a bit tricky not to stretch as it is a bit thin and silky.
I may have to tweak the armhole and lengthen the hem. I find that it is a bit loose in the armpits so will see again next time. I think a little bit longer version of this blouse will be nice on me. I can also imagine a longer back and curved hem.
All in all, I love this pattern! Very easy and versatile. I just could not stop thinking of doing more versions of this. A must try! I’m very happy with the result and I can definitely wear it! In fact, I wore it the next day to see the Hats Off Day in our neighborhood and to a birthday part afterwards.
Sewing is fun! Have you been wanting to sew for yourself? What pieces have you sewn? I want to see!