Another top, that is. Sick of it yet? Actually, I kind of am. Not the results, just the constant sewing up of tops. But then again, they’re what my wardrobe needs the most. So I keep at it.
This time, it’s the Belcarra blouse by Sewaholic Patterns, made up in rayon.
Sewaholic drafts for a pear shape, i.e. not me, so I modified it a bit right off the bat. I used a size 12 in the bust and waist and graded down to a 10 at the hips.
And that’s it. No other modifications. I’d heard great reviews of these patterns and they were all right. The drafting and instructions are impeccable. Just perfect.
On this particular pattern, I’d read about two negatives. The cuffs stick out a little. Very little. Or maybe the fact that I used rayon minimized the effect. Also, the neckline is quite wide. As in wide enough for the bra straps to peek out sometimes. True. But that neckline is so pretty! I’ll just hunt for a bra with wide set straps. There.
I do have to say that I had a bit of a hard time with the neckline binding. It’s sewn with a 5/8″ seam allowance and the seam lines on the binding and the neckline do match. It’s just that at the edge of the fabric, the binding ends up much longer so I had some issues wrangling it. Nothing to keep me from recommending the pattern to anyone though.
And now, I’m going back to the sewing machine. I promise the next one won’t be a top!