3 Belcarras

img_20150809_175601When I started my new job back in July it was so hot! It still is! And you know how I love a good reason to sew some new clothes, right? ;) So I decided that, as I have nothing decent to wear with this weather, I needed something new! Something breezy but not too casual! I didn’t want a t-shirt but I wanted the comfort of a t-shirt! I found what I wanted over at Sewaholic, the Belcarra Blouse. And because I was really desperate (because I had nothing to wear! ;)) I made three of them. I had some concerns though! I usually don’t like wearing clothes that aren’t fitted. My body tends to loose all it’s contours when I wear wide cloths. But as I said: it was really hot and I gave it a try.

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Usually I wear a size 6 when it comes to Sewaholic patterns, but because I was afraid the blouse would turn out too loose I cut size 4 and that worked out fine.

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Somehow I always tend to have some issues with raglan sleeves. I don’t know what exactly it is but in the end I end up with too much fabric under my armpits! Strange! Unfortunately I didn’t think of that before I cut my 3 blouses, so now all of them have this issue. Fortunately the prints hide that a little!

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Great thing is that you sew this blouse in woven fabrics! And I have a lot of left overs! The flowery fabric is a leftover from my first Flora Dress, BHL recommended way too much fabric! The fabric with the feathers is from a dutch fabric market and I already used this fabric for a blouse and a dress and now there is nothing left :( the fabric with the stars is a leftover from a jacket where I used it as lining, I haven’t shown the jacket on the blog yet.

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The first two fabrics a mainly made from plastic, the one with the stars is rayon and all of them where a pain in the ass sewingwise.

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The neckline is finished similar to a finish with bias binding. It is a little different though and for the first blouse I followed Tasias instructions and in the end I had to hand sew the binding to the neckline. So for the two other blouses I made a real bias binding finish and that went a little better.

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Especially the rayon was hard to prevent from wrinkling and shifting but with a lot of steam and some time I got it under control.

I really like how the blouses turned out and I feel comfortable in them! They are not too loose and still breezy. Next time I would use another finish for the sleeves and I will try to get this extra fabric under the armpits problem under control.

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Great thing is that I always have woven fabric left overs and so you can be sure to see this blouse on the blog again. :)

Macht’s gut!

Katharina

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3 thoughts on “3 Belcarras

  1. Caroline

    These look lovely. A nice little stash buster – its like getting free tops!
    I have the PDF but never got around to making one yet.
    What are you going to do the change the excess fabric under the arm? Just wondering…

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    1. Katharina Post author

      Thanks Caroline. I’m not sure, I think I’ll just change the seam line, so that there is less fabric under my arms. But maybe I’ll need to add that fabric somewhere else I’m not sure. I think I’ll have to make a muslin..

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  2. Lisa

    Cute, Cute, Cute! All three tops are so pretty! With the prints, you can’t see the extra fabric under your arms. And why is it some of the nicest-feeling drapey fabrics are the worst to deal with! This style suits your figure well. :)

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