Today we get to begin sewing our Belcarra blouses. You can click the badge to the left to see all of our Belcarra sew-along posts so far. Here is what we’ve covered, and what is to come!
Today: Sewing the Pocket, Sewing Sleeve Tucks
Thursday, May 29th: Attaching Sleeves, Sewing Shoulders and Side Seams
Friday, May 30th: Neck Binding
Tuesday, June 3rd: Attaching the Sleeve Cuff/Band
Friday, June 6th: Hemming our Blouses
Now let’s grab our bodice front piece along with the pattern piece, and transfer the pocket marking. We want the pocket on the left side. But hey – if you prefer the right side, go for it! Whatever floats your boat. You might want to drape the front bodice on your body and check to make sure you like the positioning of the pocket.
Time to sew our pocket on! Start this way, at an angle moving from your stitch line up to the top edge. We’re creating those nice anchor triangles to give a lovely finish to our pockets. They are easier than they look! Go ahead and sew up to the top edge…
Keep your needle inserted into the fabric so things don’t move around, then lift your presser foot, pivot your bodice, and then lower your presser foot so that you can sew a couple of stitches along the top edge.
Then repeat the same thing: keep needle inserted, lift presser foot, pivot, lower presser foot, and continue sewing. We’re edgestitching about 1/8″ or a couple of millimeters from the pocket edge. Continue sewing all around the three edges of the pocket, and then repeat the triangle anchor on the other top corner.
I’m using a different fabric to demonstrate this step (the fabric is so cute!). I am planning a little Belcarra modification tutorial with the sleeves from view B, but a more A-line bodice shape and rounded hem. Stay tuned for that tutorial after the sew-along! But in the meantime, let’s get to the pintucks…
Before I go in and sew the tucks, I like to iron the folds. This gives me a guide, and helps me to make sure that my tucks are in line and not crooked or uneven. I just find it gives me a bit more control.
That’s all for today folks. I’ll be back on Thursday with another sew-along post where we’ll be sewing all of our seams and really get to see the blouse take shape. That’s how quickly this blouse comes together!