The temperature should start dropping because I made another item from goods purchased at Modern Domestic in Portland! I usually buy stuff that goes into a maybe some day pile and now, today, I’m a changed person! I am a person who (sometimes/rarely) buys whole projects and then completes them timely!!!!!
Such is the case with Sewaholic’s Belcarra Blouse. I really like Sewaholic’s patterns because they are made for real people. These patterns were the first time by waist size was smaller than the one listed for my bust size. Normally I just throw caution to the wind and hope they really didn’t want me to have a 28″ waist. My waist is close to that but this isn’t hand grenades. I am a street size 6 and a size 10 in Sewaholic’s pattern.
If you are short on fabric the bias tape piece adds about 1/2 yard to the requirement. You can use some other fabric because you won’t see it as long as it is similar in tone – you wouldn’t want to use black under a light white blouse (but you knew that!).
This is a pretty popular pattern so there are many write ups about it. The pattern is straight forward with wonderful illustrations. I did View B, which has pintucks in the sleeves. It went together in like an hour! Next time though I will take a the flair out on the side from the waist to the hem.
WHAT I DID
The fabric is Tokyo Train Ride by Sarah Watts in Shibuya Violet in Cotton Lawn from scene titans Cotton + Steel. This lawn has a wonderful cool and refreshing weave and drapes so nice! I love this print also.
For the pintucks, I made little snips where the marking line began and pressed a line instead of marking the whole line.
Like all my wovens, I pinked the edges. I love that homemade touch on the inside and so far have not had any unraveling mishaps. I sort of want a serger but I think I’d miss pinking too much. Those little triangle are very satisfying.
Final verdict: Maybe I would make it a little longer next time, say 2 inches. I love the raglan sleeves and pintuck detail.