Green Floral Belcarra Blouse

Another Belcarra Blouse! This is made from vintage rayon that I bought through Etsy about three years ago. I intended to make a forties vintage-style dress but realized it was so narrow, it wouldn’t work for the dress I had in mind. It’s just enough for a Belcarra Blouse though!

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Try and ignore the massive billboard in the background. I really need to learn how to make my camera create that blurry-background effect.

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Just about any print looks good in this blouse style, because it’s so simple and modern. This print could look too sweet in a fussy style, but it’s just right in a simple blouse.

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I love the wide neckline. It draws an arc around the shoulders, framing the face nicely. It makes you look at the wearer’s face, doesn’t it?

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Back view. It’s nice and loose through the back, making it great for warmer weather.

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And here’s a shot of the blouse on the dress form. (Can you see the thermostat? It’s 25 degrees in here!)

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This is the blouse I mentioned earlier where I turned the hem twice and topstitched it to enclose the raw edge. It’s totally up to you how you hem this blouse, and if you plan to wear it tucked in most of the time, the goal is to make it flat so it doesn’t add bulk. (You could even serge the lower and leave it unhemmed if you’re never going to wear it loose.)

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This fabric is so drapey and cool to the touch. It’s going to be wonderful to wear in the hot months ahead! Like many of you suggested, this blouse looks great tucked into a slim skirt. (A wrinkled skirt here, from sitting all day, but you get the idea!)

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18 Responses to Green Floral Belcarra Blouse

  1. ally May 20, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    re: blurry background — adjust your aperture setting to a lower number. I think I remember seeing you with a Nikon? There is a dial on the top, and turn it to “A”. Then lower the aperture; without knowing what model camera you have, can’t be more specific, but try the dial located near your right thumb.

  2. Stephanie May 20, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    Love this top. Have made one and have a stack of fabric ready to go to make more. The possibilities are endless.

    With regards to making your background blurry, you need to get your aperture wider. Around the 3 to 5 numbers. And if some one is taking your photographs, make sure they focus on your eyes.

  3. Kelly May 20, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Looks great! You’re so right about the sweet print looking just fine in this pattern. I can hardly wait to make one!

  4. Kristin S. May 20, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Like the blouse… But I want to know what skirt pattern this is! (Noticed it in your golden floral Belcarra post, too)

  5. Jenny May 20, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Hadn’t notice the billboard. Too busy looking at your pretty blouse!

  6. Lucy May 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Love the blouse!

    The blurry background effect you’re looking for is called ‘bokeh’ (it’s a Japanese word, but most people seem to pronouce it bow-kee). You need a shallow depth of focus – prime lenses (ie. ones that don’t zoom) often give beautiful bokeh.

  7. Marissa May 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    It turned out very cute! Love the material. :)

  8. candie tancred May 21, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    I just bought a lot of your patterns from Stitch 56 in Australia and i am so looking forward to making them all up. Your work looks amazing and i love reading your blogs!

    • Katy May 25, 2014 at 12:05 am #

      Another Australian? Woohoo! Do you have a blog yourself? I’ve also recently bought a stack of Sewaholic patterns and can’t wait to get stuck into them :)

  9. Camilla May 21, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    Wow this is such a pretty top, the fabric is so lovely. It’s a great wardrobe builder.

  10. Anne May 21, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    Love this! Can’t wait to make a million of these!

  11. lisa g May 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    gorgeous blouse! i definitely plan to make this pattern soon, it’s exactly the kind of top i reach for everyday!

  12. Elle May 22, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    How beautiful! I love the simple lines on the Belcarra– simple silhouettes are my favorite. And I find that they really help prints stand out, as yours did here!

  13. Kristin Lion May 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    what a great pattern/fabric matchup! Love it!

  14. Gabriela May 23, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    This is my fabric Belcarra yet!! If only I could find such pretty prints with such a modern color scheme! Because of this blouse, I’m seriously considering this pattern…

  15. Jaclyn May 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Those pictures really make me want to get this pattern. I love how elegant and drapey it is!

    • Tasia May 24, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Thank you! It is so drapey. I think I prefer drapey fabrics for this pattern, it’s a softer look.

  16. Katy May 25, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Hi Tasia, I have recently come across your blog and am inspired by so many things… I may have to write an adoring-fangirl post shortly!

    Also, this fabric is really lovely. I agree about a drapey fabric suiting this pattern – I have just finished a Belcarra and it is officially the first garment I have ever made that I want to wear in public. Thank you for releasing the pattern!