Also introducing the Belcarra Blouse!

Many of you noticed the pullover blouse in yesterday’s post about the Gabriola Skirt. I’m excited to announce that it’s coming soon as a pattern, the Belcarra Blouse!

belcarra blouse

I designed this simple top specifically for the Gabriola Skirt. I wanted to be able to answer the question: what top do you wear with a maxi skirt? This one!

belcarra blouse and gabriola skirt

It’s a perfect match. The Belcarra Blouse can be worn tucked in or untucked, and the wide neckline and short sleeves balance out the long lines of the skirt. It looks great with a long necklace to continue the theme of long, vertical lines.

belcarra blouse

This top pattern is ideal for showing off beautiful fabrics with minimal sewing. Perhaps you have a gorgeous cut of silk that you don’t want to ruin with too many darts or tucks? Or want to try some embroidery on a simple, flat garment piece? This is the pattern for you!

belcarra blouse in white

In creamy white, it’s the ideal go-with-everything blouse. Wear it with floral prints, brights or solids, or jeans! Wear it under jackets and suits. It’s that versatile!

belcarra blouse back view

Because the cut is so simple, this top is easy to press. Perfect for traveling! The loose fit works well in warmer climates and tucks into skirts with waistbands, like the Gabriola Skirt or the Hollyburn Skirt. It’s really cute worn untucked with jeans or with the Thurlows.

belcarra blouse with applique

The simple style makes it perfect for embellishments. Experiment with stitching details, appliques or trims. I added a simple purchased applique to the pocket of this version but there’s so much more you could do!

belcarra blouse in liberty print

Ideal for expensive fabrics like this Liberty cotton, because it doesn’t require a lot of fabric. Here it is both tucked-in and untucked.

belcarra blouse in liberty print

Even looking at these photos, it’s hard to believe there are no darts to shape the blouse. It’s like a woven tee shirt, with subtle shaping built in.

View A is the simplest, with a streamlined cut and short raglan sleeves. This version, in white or cream, makes the perfect summer top!

white belcarra blouse


View B features tucks along the shoulders. A simple little detail on solid fabrics.

belcarra blouse view b

View C has folded cuffs and a pocket. This version looks great in striped or plaid fabrics, because the bands and the pocket can be on the bias to create a diagonal effect. Make the pocket in contrast fabric, lace fabric, or add embroidery or appliqué detailing!

belcarra blouse view c

Make it dressy in silk, make it casual in a heathered knit fabric. It’s so simple to sew, and equally easy to work into your wardrobe. I have plans to make up a bunch of these for the summer!

belcarra blouse

The hemline is nearly straight, so it’s a great option for scalloped-edge lace and border prints too. I have a really gorgeous crochet-style lace fabric for a future Belcarra!


Photos by ImageryWorks – Leanne Scherp and Susannah Street

I hope you like the new pattern! It’s coming soon, out for testing right now, and on track to be released in April. I couldn’t resist showing it off sooner so you know there’s a top that will go with your new maxi skirt.

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135 Responses to Also introducing the Belcarra Blouse!

  1. Bess February 25, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Oh yay!!! I was hoping it was something like that. I’m looking forward to the release!!

  2. Janet February 25, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    What a great blouse. It looks terrific with the new skirt pattern. It looks like it would be a very quick make. I am really looking forward to ordering it when it is available in April.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      It’s pretty quick to make, you’re right! It’s one of those patterns where you’re surprised to finish so quickly. So glad you like it!

  3. Lindsey February 25, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    I’m a fan of Sewaholic patterns so it pains me to say this, but I won’t be buying either of these two new patterns. I usually cut Sewaholic patterns in a size 12, so I’m larger than Tasia but not that large, and the only clothes that work for me have a defined shape. Blouses and maxi dresses are both on the automatic not-even-going-to-bother-trying list. Because they are so drapey, rather than making me look curvy, they make me look as large as my largest parts–chest and hips–and hide my smaller waist and long legs. Pear shaped girls have awesome curves, we should be showing them off and not hiding them under tons of fabric. I’d rather sew a dart than have the fabric hang inches away from my body.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Lindsey! I appreciate it, there’s going to be many more fitted styles coming up in the future that show off curves. I think you’ll like some of the more body-conscious designs we have planned then!

    • Claire March 1, 2014 at 6:15 am #

      What about a maxi skirt with a more fitted top? I’m a pear too, and I have a maxi dress that I Iovvvve. I think the key is to make sure it accents your little waist.

  4. Kate February 25, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait for this pattern to come out – I really like the tucks along the shoulder on view B. There are so many ways that a simple blouse like this will work in my wardrobe.

  5. Claire February 25, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Thank you! This is perfect!

  6. Jennifer N February 25, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    I will be ordering it when it is released, just in time for s[ring. I am loving the fit and style options of the Renfrew right now during our cold Seattle February.

  7. Sasha February 25, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Wow … this would be a very nice and versatile (it seems) pattern … can’t wait !!!

  8. lisa g February 25, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    so excited to see this also! as much as i love to make dresses, i’ve been making far more blouses. i love being able to reach for a me-made shirt everyday. love this–can’t wait for the release!

  9. G February 25, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    They look lovely on you, not sure they’d look lovely on me lol
    Are the sleeves cut on or raglan?

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      They are raglan sleeves! I realized that normally I have the pattern cover to share at the same time, so you can see the line drawing. They’re raglan sleeves with a seam along the shoulder line too, so they follow the top line of the shoulders more naturally than if they were on the fold. You can see the seamline best in the first version, where the print direction changes.

      • G February 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

        OK! Glad you corrected that!

  10. Kalle February 25, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    this is a great looking top! do you think it could work for someone with a larger bust?

    • Becky February 25, 2014 at 7:40 am #

      I was just wondering the same thing!

    • Vicky February 25, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      I think it could work for a larger bust. I love the hint of shaping at the sides and the wide neckline (which could be changed to a gentle, wide V, very flattering for those who have a generous bustline), with the looser fit, make me think that it will work brilliantly. I’m also thinking sheer with a vest or cami underneath for summer, or even sheer over a sundress. Can’t wait for the pattern.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      I think so! You may want to add darts at the side with a full bust adjustment.. or you may not. I’m looking forward to seeing the pattern testing versions on different sizes and bustier women. It also depends on your fabric, a light drapey silk or viscose will fall nicely over curves, but a stiff or crisp cotton may stick out like a shelf from the bust down.
      So I’d suggest draping the fabric over your body, and if it hangs nicely, it’ll work well as is. If it looks too stiff you may want to add bust darts to bring the material back in, or look for a softer fabric.
      Hope this helps! I’ll look for feedback from testing on this.

      • Kris February 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

        I’m super excited to see the pattern testing. I need to do an FBA in your patterns and I can hardly wait to see how it fits some of the bustier ladies.

  11. Sara February 25, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I’ve made a few Alma blouses and they fit me really great. But I’ve found it can be difficult to wear such a fitted style with the under-bust darts. Every time I raise my arms The fabric rides up and I have to pull it back down. I really like the relaxed fit of this new blouse and can’t wait to sew some up. It is a perfect style for my taste.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      This won’t do that, well unless the fabric clings to your bra, but other than that it’s a nice, relaxed loose fit. So glad you like the new style!

  12. Marie February 25, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I love this blouse.
    I used to constantly buy cute and complicated patterns, and recently realised that it is not at all what I want to wear. This totally looks like something I would wear with pleasure all summer long!

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      This is the opposite of cute and complicated! There’s a place for that, but this is the quick, simple, classic blouse. I wanted to create something that wasn’t fussy at all, and that looked great tucked into skirts. It’s really easy to wear, just like you said!

  13. Laura February 25, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Really cute and just perfect to wear with the maxi skirt! Trying to decide if I could pull off that skirt. I really love it.

  14. Linda February 25, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    One word….PERFECT…for all the positive reasons above and more..I love its versatility!

  15. Tilly February 25, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    So pretty, Tasia! This looks like a great staple pattern for making summery tops. I love the version with tucks especially xxx

  16. Kerry February 25, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    You are designing exactly what I have been looking for, first the maxi Gabriola skirt, and now this. Perfect!

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:09 am #


  17. Ella February 25, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Lovely, Tasia! I actually left yesterday’s post open on my desktop to check back on comments and see what you said about the tops you were wearing in the Gabriola pictures since I loved them so much. I will definitely be buying this pattern when it’s released!

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it enough to track down where to get it.. now to get it all ready for print as soon as possible so you don’t have to wait much longer!

  18. Kelly February 25, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Oh, I love blouses like this!! It’s the best way to use a gorgeous fabric. I’m really looking forward to this one!

  19. Katherine February 25, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    I love this blouse! Those tucks are gorgeous.

  20. Jamila February 25, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    I’m so glad you’re releasing this as a pattern. I’ve been wanting something with that sleeve shape for ages – so when I saw it yesterday I immediately had clothing envy! Glad I’ll be able to make my own soon!

  21. Jeri Sullivan February 25, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Absolutely love this blouse. I can see many variations in my future!

  22. Tina February 25, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    So very cute, Tasia! Can’t wait to make one. Remind me again how we can purchase Telio fabrics?

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      Here’s a link to the first time I posted about Telio – in the post there are some retailers mentioned, and in the comments a representative from Telio’s left her email address if there’s a particular fabric you are looking for!

      • Tina February 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

        Thank you!

  23. Pamela @ Johnny Mango Seed February 25, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Beautiful and brilliant. 3 cheers!

  24. Melina February 25, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Oh my goodness, this is so exciting! I have only been making skirts, since they have been the easiest to fit for me, but I think I might make the plunge into making tops once the new pattern is released.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      This is a pretty easy top, the hardest part is going to be the bias binding around the neckline, but it’s not too tricky either.

  25. Steffie February 25, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    I’ve been trying to find a pattern for a top like this for what seems like FOREVER. I even tried to draft my own (which was a disaster). I’m so excited about this– I can’t wait for the release!!

  26. Chantal February 25, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I am so excited about this blouse!!! When I saw it yesterday, I was really hoping it would be a new pattern. It fills a gaping hole in my wardrobe (fitting in nicely with the Wardrobe Architect project), and I’m already envisioning dozens of versions! Counting the days until April :)

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      I’m so glad you’re excited! Yup, I wanted to drop a hint yesterday by showing it and not mentioning it, then announcing it officially today!

  27. Jenny February 25, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Great top! Sometimes I don’t want to wear a fiited top – especially in summertime. This looks like it would be perfect with skinny jeans and shorts too. On my list to buy!

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      I agree! Fitted is great and so is loose-fitting. There’s a time for both silhouettes, and for summer, it’s nice to have something loose and floaty that isn’t tight against your skin. It would be great with slim pants or skinny jeans as well as shorts! A pattern tester sent in a photo wearing the Belcarra with her Thurlow Shorts and it’s a great look.

  28. Heike February 25, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Love all the variations of the blouse/top/shirt or whatever you want to call it. A basic blouse like this is sorely missing in my wardrobe especially since it is so difficult to find one ready-made…the hips are always too narrow. Very much looking forward to sewing several versions of this. Thanks!!

  29. Athina February 25, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Bravo Tasia! I looove it!!! Simple, elegant, loose fitting, ideal for our hot Greek summers. Looking forward to the release.

  30. Jill February 25, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Wow, love both of these new patterns! I’m especially looking forward to the release of the Belcarra blouse. Living in a warm climate, I would love to have some slightly looser, comfortable tops that don’t cling and stick to me in summer, so this looks just the thing! Fantastic designs as always Tasia!

  31. Morrigan Williams February 25, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Lovely blouse! I actually thought it was going to be a tutorial or free pattern as it’s such a simple design. It looks great with the skirt, though

  32. Suz February 25, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    It looks great with the skirt! (dressmaking blog)

  33. Sandra (Sewist-Stitch) February 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Tasia I love this blouse – the raglan sleeves sets it apart from others and I am really, really into raglan sleeves at the moment. Love, love, love :-)

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Thank you Sandra! I’m so glad you love it!

  34. Megan February 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    What a gorgeous pattern! My favorite view is the one with the tuck details. I wish I could order it, but all the clothes I make or buy these days need to be nursing friendly. Something with a button front or a surplice bodice would be amazing!

  35. Cation Designs February 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    I have never been so excited about Sewaholic patterns as I am with these two! Just one question — how does the blouse work with tucking into a skirt when it’s made with a thin/drapey fabric? I find that most blouse leave unsightly lines when tucked in, especially when they’re slightly looser like this one is.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:47 am #

      I’m so glad you like the new designs! You make a good point about tucking in the blouse, and it all depends on the fit of the skirt and the fabric of the blouse. In the photos I have the blouses tucked in, and you can’t see them. The skirt isn’t incredibly tight at the hips either so it’s less likely to reveal blouse-tucking lines. If you tuck this blouse into a tight pencil skirt, you might see the faint outline of the hem. If you prefer to tuck, then look for light blouse fabric so it doesn’t show. The white-aqua-black print is a thin cotton voile and you can barely feel it when it’s tucked in. The Liberty print is a little bit more crisp so it would be more likely to show.
      If it’s cold, you could wear tights and tuck the blouse into the waistband of your tights! :) My trick for fixing tucked-in shirts.

  36. Spikeabell February 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    This raglan stye is almost exactly what I sketched to go with a long maxi skirt (in January)… both pieces now have a ready made pattern… Thanks Tasia (the sleeve possibly in lace or sheer)

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      A sheer sleeve or lace sleeve would be gorgeous! Or a lace back.. so many possibilities!

  37. Béa February 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Boy, am I glad my “no buying patterns for at least 6 months” ban runs out in March!

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      Perfect timing! How did you do, did you stick to it for the full 6 months?

  38. suzy February 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    This is so pretty! I love the skirt you posted yesterday, but am not sure it would work with my lifestyle (chasing small children etc.) but this top would be perfect for me.

  39. Stephanie February 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I actually really like this overall, although I’m not 100% sure about the neckline, particularly in the last two photos (in the last photo you can see a bra strap and in the prior photo it looks just a smidgen too large in the knit fabric and about to fall off the shoulders…it drives me crazy when people can see my bra straps :)). Easily adjusted though and I like the sleeves a lot and versatility of the design across different fabrics. Rather than wear it with a looser or long skirt, I would definitely tuck it in and wear it with a slim pencil skirt or cigarette pants! I will definitely buy this.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      I’m so glad you like it! Yes, the neckline is on the wide side. I’ve designed it that way, but as you said, it’s quite easy to adjust! If it’s just a minor amount, you can shorten the binding evenly between the notches and draw it in that way. Or, redraw the neckline higher. Or draw it inwards at the shoulder points, if you like the way it sits in front but are concerned about the shoulder points only.
      It looks amazing tucked into a pencil skirt! Probably excellent with slim pants too.

      • Stephanie February 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

        Tasia, Thanks for the advice. I will experiment with the options you suggest. I’m looking forward to the pattern release, as I desperately need pretty summer blouses.

      • Jessica February 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

        My plan was to trace off the neckline for the smallest size, blending towards my normal size @ shoulder seams, etc. Do you think that would work?

  40. Sleeping In February 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    But Tasia this is exactly the blouse that I am craving, that is never in any pattern catalogs … I want it noooowwwwww!!!!

    Really looking forward to this release, will be ordering on the first day, just like I do with almost all of your patterns.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:40 am #

      That was my only concern in revealing this pattern before it’s ready to release – people will want it and can’t have it yet! :) So glad you like it, thank you so much!

  41. Gesilene Bolconte February 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    quando sair esses padrões tem plus size tambem, e como faço pra comprar pro Brasil, adoro costurar mais quando compro revistas,muitas vezes quase todas os as costuras saiem erradas. Adoro seu blog e te acompanho desde um sorteio de padrão pra uma brasileira. Beijos Gesie

  42. Thread Theory February 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Gorgeous blouse, Tasia! I like the classic simplicity of the first view but I absolutely love the pintucks on the shoulder of the second view. I’ve never seen a shirt with tucks in the shoulder area (they seem to most commonly be on the chest) and I love how it looks. It’s especially great for people who love to wear long necklaces – the tucks don’t get hidden! I will definitely be buying this one :).

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      Thank you! You know, they’re usually on the chest because they’re easier to sew that way, and because they create nice lines across the body. This blouse is ideal for long necklaces! I love a good long necklace too and I had fun deciding how to style these blouses with jewelry.

  43. Sarah February 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Hello Tasia, you may have been asked this before but are there any plans in the pipeline to offer your patterns in PDF format?

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Hey Sarah! Yes, at some point, but I don’t have an exact ETA date. I have the capability now, with the new web store I launched in November, so it is a possibility! I’d love to have them within a year, but no firm date. I know people are interested, so that’s good to know!
      Question for you, do you only buy PDFs and never printed patterns, or do you prefer PDFs but would purchase the printed version if it was the only option? (Me, I’d always purchase a printed version if there was an option, but only buy a PDF if it was the only choice.) Just curious how the PDF-pattern fans shop :)

      • Sophie-Lee February 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

        Not OP, but I tend to only buy the PDF if the paper vesion is unavailable, or if it’s a lot more expensive. I imagine for some people it may also be the fact that the PDF version gets to you instantly. I’ve always thought it would be a good idea to give the PDF version for free (or close to it) if you ordered the paper version.

        • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:29 am #

          Thanks Sophie-Lee for the feedback! That seems to be the common feeling among commenters, PDF only if it’s the only choice, or significantly cheaper.
          I like the idea of offering the PDF and printed version in combination. I’ve seen knitting books do it that way, PDF and printed book combo, so you get the PDF instantly to start reading and planning while you wait for the print version to arrive in the mail. I thought of offering three tiers: PDF only, printed only, and then for a slight bit more you get PDF plus printed. Of course I have no idea how to manage that on the technical side but I like the idea! Thanks for the suggestion.

      • joelle February 26, 2014 at 12:52 am #

        i much prefer paper versions. its easier to handle and the pattern enveloppe and the packaging is also a factor. it’s easier to store paper pattern and i do love a good packaging! but sometimes the cost of the pdf vs the printed pattern makes me buy the pdf. if there is a “copy-shop” option, then the choice is easier. i hate the taping and i can sneak and use the large-scale printer at work… as long as the shipping is reasonably priced (it’s very hard to find patterns locally in sweden!) i’ll choose the printed pattern over a pdf!

        • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:27 am #

          Thanks Joelle for the feedback! I appreciate it.

        • Jessica February 27, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

          Personally, I’m with Joelle. I find PDF patterns a pain to assemble and store, so I’m really picky about which ones that I purchase. Unless the PDFs are a lot cheaper (like the Wiksten patterns), ha, I guess I’m the opposite of Sarah!

          BTW, thank you so much for putting out a raglan sleeve pattern! Setting in sleeves is one of my least favorite steps in the garment sewing process. Even though it produces a nice result, ugh, it slows me down and can kill my mojo for a project. (Also, I have major problems getting sleeves to fit well. They’re always pulling. Between broad back + sloping shoulders + large biceps (I guess?) + sometimes having to petite adjust the arm scythe + sometimes having to do a narrow shoulder adjustment, yeesh. Not fun. Actually, not sure the raglan solves those problems, HOWEVER, much less painful to sew up, at the very least!)

      • Sarah February 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

        Hey Tasia, I definitely prefer PDF patterns and would only buy a printed pattern if that was the only option and only if I was super duper ridiculously in love with the pattern. I love the instant gratification of being able to download a PDF immediately.

        • Claire March 1, 2014 at 6:27 am #

          Just to give my two cents – I like to trace my patterns, so pdfs can be nice in that way because you can print on very stable paper and draw directly on it to outline your size. Or what if you offered pdfs of specific sizes? I traced my Thurlow pattern recently, and having that option really would have saved my eyes. OR what if you could select the specific sizes from a menu that you wanted to have printed on your pdf, so that you could grade between them? I suppose it would take a lot of effort to offer specific downloads like that, but I’m just dreaming about the future of sewing pattern over here….

  44. Sophie-Lee February 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    This look gorgeous, simple and quick!
    One thing though – you mentioned in the post that it has cut-on sleeves, but it actually looks like raglan sleeves?

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

      You’re right, they’re definitely raglan sleeves. Will edit the post when I’m back at the computer tomorrow!

      • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:32 am #

        Ok, edited! Thanks for pointing that out. No wonder it was confusing!

  45. Emily February 25, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    so cute!! can’t wait to get my hands on this pattern, too!!

  46. Cat February 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Lovely top and skirt. The ensemble looks similar to the one the character Sybil wore in series one of Downton Abbey (especially the top, I think we saw it made up twice in different fabrics):-)

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Thank you! I keep meaning to watch Downton Abbey for the fashion inspiration, I’ve seen some gorgeous images online but haven’t seen the show itself. I’ll keep an eye out for the similar top!

  47. Samantha February 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    I’m so excited for this one. I plan to smock the front. So cute!

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Oh cute! What a great idea.

  48. Sam February 26, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    This blouse and the maxi skirt both have my name written all over them!

  49. joelle February 26, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    oh this is a wonderful pattern!!! classic, chic and effortless. i cannot wait for the release! i especially love the pintuck detail :)

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      Thank you, that’s exactly the look I was hoping for!

  50. Kirsten February 26, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    Tasia, you keep answering my prayers! I was bemoaning the lack of an indie maxi skirt pattern only about 2 weeks ago and behold…a maxi! I’ve also been agonising over what to make with my first piece of chiffon and here you bring me a simple top! Thank you, fairy godmother. :-)

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad I could fulfill a pattern need for you.

  51. Sue February 26, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    I bought the skirt pattern yesterday, so absolutely have to have this top!

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Awesome, thank you Sue!

  52. Pips February 26, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    It’s like you read my mind! Can’t wait to do the skirt and a liberty top. I do love my liberty!

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      It’s so lovely in Liberty! I was so excited to finally cut into my Liberty cotton for this top sample. :)

  53. Debbie B February 26, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    The ideal blouse shape for me I think, nice one Tasia! I like loose blouses so much more than knits when it’s warm, and I’m loving the raglan sleeves :-) This pattern is definitely on my to buy list as soon as it’s released. I have already made two Almas and three Pendrells (sleeveless versions as I’m definitely not a lover of frills). I really like the shaping of the new skirt too but alas it’s really not easy to find suitable drapey fabrics this side of the water (UK). Lots of RTW clothes are made of viscose/rayon but I’ve never found much choice in fabric retailers and TBH a maxi wouldn’t get much wear with my lifestyle. On the question of paper versus pdf patterns, I’d always go for the paper version unless there was a very significant price difference, like the Wiksten Tova where the paper pattern is $24 plus international postage and the pdf is just $10. I’d also have to really, really want the pattern to bother with the pdf version.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Debbie! I’m the same, paper first unless one is way cheaper, or there is no other option. I wonder if because I’m in Canada, and nearly everyone is paying some level of international postage, PDFs will be more popular. There’s only one way to find out!

  54. Elena Knits February 26, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    I love them together. I’m planning to order both!

  55. Kaci February 26, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    Such lovely patterns! I’m sold on the skirt and intrigued to see how busty ladies look in the tops; I’ll be keeping a lookout for the first pattern reviewers. I’m not a “pear” but I do love your designs.

    Also, Tasia, I’d just like to say that I enjoy reading your blog a great deal. I appreciate how beautifully you respond to your community.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Yes, I can’t wait to see this blouse on more bodies. I’m certainly no help in the busty department! :)
      Thanks for the feedback on my blog, I’m so glad you enjoy it and I do my best to respond and keep the conversation going! Plus, I always figure if one person asks a question there are probably at least two more that wondered the same thing but didn’t ask!

  56. Nicole February 26, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Tasia, you’re my my sewing fairy godmother. I’ve been stuck in a rut trying to find a blouse pattern to complete my Spring/Summer wardrobe. This is going to be perfect.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:22 am #

      I’m thrilled to hear that! It’s one of those great wardrobe filler pieces that goes with tucked-in slim skirts, tucked-in full skirts, all kinds of pants, shorts and jeans. So glad it’s going to fill a need for you!

  57. Vicki February 26, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    So can we blog about the Belacarra pattern testing now? I have a post in drafts ;)

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      I suppose you can, since the secret’s out already! This is the first time (since the beginning of my pattern line) that I’ve announced a pattern well before it’s ready so things are all out of order in my schedule. :) Go for it! If you can link to the announcement post, that would be great. That way I can include a link to the pattern store when it’s launched.

  58. Karina February 26, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    I love this blouse! and the Gabriola skirt! I wish summer was coming faster to be able to wear both, but at -25 weather here in Toronto it’s not the perfect time for it lol. Still working on my winter line up but definitely looking forward to getting these patterns by spring time.
    Great design Tasia! :)

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      Oh no, -25! Brrr. Yup, it’s not the best time for Toronto or most of Canada, even here it snowed this past week. But I know there are tons of readers in warmer climates that could wear a maxi skirt already, lucky people!
      Thank you and I’m so glad you like the design!

  59. Amanda February 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    I’ll be curious to see how this looks on someone who needs an FBA :) Often I find myself admiring simple, looser fitting tops like this but I know (from painful experience LOL) that they can be very unflattering for those of us who are a little on the busty side LOL.

    That said, I do love the style & hope it can work for me! ^__^

  60. Katie February 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a loose, summery blouse pattern like this! Yay!

    Like several other commenters, I’ll be interested to see how this works for those with larger busts… If it seems like I can make it work for my body type, I’ll definitely be buying this one!

  61. Ryan February 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    I’ve been realizing lately that a simple top like a woven tee is something that i can wear to work that looks professional but comfortable. As much as i tried to make the fitted button down work for me, I feel stiff, I hate how they tuck in, and most are uncomfortable. Plus the collar is always getting caught in my hair.

    My favorite part about the Gabriola skirt though is that it is a maxi skirt that fits at the true waist. So many skirts seem to be low waisted and I can’t tuck anything into a skirt like that. Although Lindsey (2/25 @ 6:20am) disagrees, I think this skirt blouse combo does flatter a pear or hourglass figure – specifically because the both the skirt and blouse come in at the natural waist. Also, making the blouse in a drapey fabric will allow it to skim curves and show off a small waist instead of standing away from the body and falling straight down from the bust. And of course, the best way to show off a small waist is to tuck in your shirt and wear high waist skirts and pants. The only thing keeping me from making Thurlow trousers is that they aren’t high waisted enough!

    I’m looking forward to making a few long Gabriola skirts, as well as trying a midi version.

  62. Jessica February 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    I wish this was out now! I could use about a dozen of these for our 2 week vacation in April!

  63. sonia February 27, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Totally love this (screams liberty silk to me). I can see an advantage for a PBA (prominent bust adjustment similar to a FBA). I have to add in two inches length across the bust, and can add in a dart, rather than try to add that much into an existing dart. That has to be good right? I can see this working for me. Looking forward to April.

  64. Mary Lindell March 1, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Could this be made in a medium weight knit if the neck and seams were reinforced with a hidden bias tape?

  65. Emily March 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I’m so excited about this blouse and the Gabriola skirt! The blouse looks so easy to make and comfortable to wear, and very versatile too. Can you tell me, am I right in thinking that you produce your patterns in both imperial and metric? Or am I getting confused with something else perhaps… the previous patterns I’ve bought of yours here in the UK gave fabric measurements in yards which proved a little confusing when I bought metres instead!

  66. Kathleen March 4, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    This is great! Can’t wait to make it!

  67. Joan March 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    It was love at first sight for this blouse! It’s perfect.
    I’m thrilled that the pattern will be released soon. Thank you, Tasia!

    Regarding your question: paper or pdf?, I much prefer paper.
    Taping 35+ pattern pieces together is just a pain in the butt. Then, there’s dealing with a printer that suddenly needs more ink cartridges or the printer won’t sync with my laptop or some other tech issue so remotely different from what I really wanted to spend time doing.
    Getting past that, a pdf might be more economical except that our Canon printer eats ink like there’s no tomorrow.
    I really appreciate that you offer paper patterns.

  68. Bella March 6, 2014 at 12:43 am #

    Oh man I can’t wait for this pattern! Can you release it soon pleeeeaase? I have more than one fabric in my stash waiting to be made up into this. I only wish you offered PDF patterns so that I could get to sewing it sooner once it is released. I am in New Zealand and shipping is often pricey and takes some time. Love all your designs though and there is something to be said for an exciting mail day.

  69. Tracy Young March 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    need this pattern now!!! so can’t wait for it to be released! o much prefer paper patterns, not really into sticking and cutting loads of sheets of paper! x

  70. Sarah March 9, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    I absolutely love all the patterns I’ve bought and they all seem to fit me beautifully, however, as a busty, very hippy, super tall lady maxis are not my friend ( I look like a giant carrying twins). Regardless, please please please make some more knit patterns, I am searching high, low and wide for a good hoodie pattern. ( potentially with thumb hole cuffs and an assymetrical hood if I’m bring very picky) I don’t suppose you have just such a pattern in the planning…..

  71. mary March 21, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Cute blouse… Does it have bra strap holders? Also, how does one adjust for narrow shoulders?
    Mary in Thailand

    • Debbie J April 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      I’m wondering the same thing – does it have some kind of fastening, perhaps at the shoulder, or is it designed to slip over one’s head? The shoulders are too wide for me, as well, so would love to see some detailed directions for adjusting the neckline.
      Kudos for a sweet design!

  72. Suze March 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Wow, heaps of posts. Awesome top and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I am so impressed with your designs, they suit me to a tee. I am so over clothes with huge waist and nothing in the legs and narrow shoulders. I’m a 10 to 12 and not over weight at all, but since I have curves most clothes don’t fit. I just have to somehow put sewing towards the top of the list somewhere amongst calves cows horses and kids. Love your blog.

  73. Constance (Santa Lucia Patterns) April 14, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    I love it and plan to sew a whole bunch of different versions ;-)
    What’s it named after?

  74. Leah April 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    I really love this but confused how the shaping over the bust is done without darts? I’m a pear and worried this would be a bit ‘baggy’ on me. Looks amazing on you though Tasia! Are your patterns still designed for pears?

  75. Alison May 5, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Hi, I’ve just sewn my second ever top and have been eyeing up the Belcarra as my next. Having checked out the sizing I’m now wondering how to go about it. I make me ( head down) a 6,8, 2; and I would have said I was pear shaped!
    I know I can grade between sizes ( not that I’ve done it before) but it seems an enormous jump between size 8 and 2.
    Any ideas? Many thanks,


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