My New Completed Summer Belcarra Blouse

Blog / 22 April 2014

Tis' this season for lots of new sewing books and patterns! Tra la la la la!

As if my 'to sew' list wasn't long enough, there seems to be a fair few new sewing books and patterns popping up these recent weeks. With Colettes new knit patterns and brand new Sew with Knits Book last week (we have stock of this now available!)

and Tillys book next week (don't forget about the PARTY for that one!) head is buzzing with lots of new projects.

You guys know I love little summery tops so I'm sure this gorgeous new Belcarra Blouse pattern from Sewaholic is going to be one of my favorites this summer!

It was released for sale today but when Tasia sent me the info about it a few weeks agoI had to ask her if she would mind sending me a pdf to print out before the actual patterns made it across the pond. I couldn't wait to make it! Luckily she did so I got a sneaky preview and made mine up right away!

It's described as 'a super simple pullover top with subtle shaping and raglan sleeves that will quickly become a wardrobe favorite!' It is also ideal for showing off beautiful fabrics (hello Liberty prints!!) with minimal sewing and as there are no tucks or darts its super quick to make!

I made mine using one of the new Liberty Lawns we've had in called Freya! It's so fresh and bright! I love it! I made the size 4 as that’s what my measurements were closest too but once I tried it on I did take it in about 1cm on each side seam.

It was also a bit long for me but by that point I'd already made the top so just had to lob a bit off the bottom...I should have really tapered it in a bit more at the side seams at the bottom too as it pokes out a bit - next time!

There are a few ways to customise the pattern too. I love the look of the little tucks at the shoulders but I think they would just get lost on a patterned fabric so I left them for this version. I popped a front pocket on instead. I even spent ages matching the pattern so its blends in quite a bit but I'm pleased I did it.

I don’t often get a chance to make things twice as something new always comes along but I really want to make the version with the tucks at the shoulder sections...I'll let you know how it goes!

I couldn't resist sharing this next pic. I used some of the off cuts from the top to make a little sun bonnet for my neice, Holly, using the free pattern from the purlbee blog (find it by clicking here), Soooo cute!

PS. Don't forget it's out BIRTHDAY PARTY this Saturday! Come on by for cake, homemade lemonade, prize draw, special offers and of course lots of fun!