Golden Belcarra Blouse

Here’s another version of the Belcarra Blouse. It’s made from soft cotton voile that I thought I bought on holidays, but according to my blog post I didn’t. Now that I think about it, I admired it at Bolt Fabric Boutique in Portland but didn’t buy it and found it later on, at Spool of Thread I believe. Not that any of that is interesting to you, but it’s nice to be able to tell you where the fabric comes from if you like it!
Here is a shot of the selvedge if you like it and wanted to track it down:

golden cotton voileAnd here is the blouse!

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No face in today’s photos. Note to self, don’t take photos from an angle that looks up towards your face. It never turns out well.

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You can see how stiff this blouse looks when it’s not on the body, in the dress form shot:

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It’s kind of reassuring, right? Even a stiff-looking blouse looks better on the body than flat or on a dress form.

I made this the day before sending it out for pattern testing. When I’m getting ready to send a pattern out for testing, I usually sew another version along with the instructions I’ve created, to make sure they all make sense. Especially if there are little details I’m trying to work out, or if I want to make sure the drawings are accurate to what your work-in-progress will look like. For this one I was working on how to best attach the sleeve cuffs. There are other ways you can attach them, but this one had the best results.

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Now that is a nice looking cuff seam! (You can also see how incredibly wrinkly this fabric is. That’s from wearing it for all of ten minutes.)

I’m going to list a few alternative sewing methods you could use for sewing this blouse soon. And Caroline has a really great post planned to cover fabric selection and answers to sew-along questions! Lots of great information on making the Belcarra Blouse, all happening here.

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9 Responses to Golden Belcarra Blouse

  1. Meg May 15, 2014 at 6:46 am #


  2. sewing princess May 15, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Whoa! perfect seam matching there! It’s a lovely blouse. Note to Tasia: your face is lovely anytime!

  3. Kelly May 15, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Love that fabric! I wish I could wear yellow more easily – everyone needs a cheerful blouse like that! And the photos… I’m so grateful for my husband taking my pictures, but ugh, they’re always angled up! Why??

  4. auraoriano May 15, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Fun top! Art Gallery cottons prints are always a treat. I always have to restrain myself with that brand.

  5. Caitlin May 15, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Wow, gorgeous! The color and print of that fabric make it look perfect for both summer and fall.

  6. Jeri Sullivan May 15, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    This print has been in my queue for months after seeing this version of the Roza blouse. I think now I might use it instead for Belcarra and we will be twinsies :)

  7. Sue May 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Here’s my design inspiration. Somebody, please, make a knitted Makiko belly warmer to go over the Belcarra blouse + Gabriola skirt. I’m talking about, issue 46, winter 2013.

    If you do, please let us all see :)

  8. The Sewing CPA May 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Very beautiful!

  9. Kat May 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Really beautiful result and nice fabric too. Thanks for putting so much work into your patterns – we all appreciate it :)