It’s not that often that I make the same garment twice but I really love the simplicity of the Sewaholic Belcarra Blouse, and it’s generally just a great basic pattern to have.
Do you ever find a fabric you love so much that it’s hard to cut into it for fear of breaking it up too much or spoiling it?
I get that a lot! And therefore really like garments that are simple and allow you to just enjoy the gorgeousness of a fabric.
That’s what happened when I made my second Belcarra. I totally fell in love with the Nani Iro fabric - especially the rainbow stones design - the colours, the shapes of the pattern, the lightness of the fabric, everything! I knew I had to have something made of it.
The Belcarra seemed perfect, I wear tops most of the time and the shape of if would really allow for minimal break up of the print.
It is defiantly my most favourite top at the moment! So summery and light!
I went for version A – so no pocket, no tucks and no turn back at the cuff on the sleeve – just really simple.
The last time I made the top it ended up a bit too long for me and also a bit wide at the hips so I altered the pattern this time before I cut out to be more economical with the fabric.
I managed to squeeze it out in just over a meter but I wouldn’t recommend that, especially if you are new to dressmaking. It meant I have to cut out each of the four shoulder/sleeve sections individually instead of two at a time as normal. I also just used bias binding I already had instead of making the bias strip as given in the pattern. It all worked out in the end though.
I’ve worn it loads of time already! Have you got any simple basic patterns that you made again and again?