Monday, August 1, 2016

Coral Belcarra Blouse

It's sunny and hot so I'm continuing to sew some much needed summer tops. This is my new rayon challis coral Belcarra blouse.
Sewaholic Belcarra pattern sewn up from coral rayon challis fabric

I got this Belcarra pattern when it first came out, It looked like an easy pattern and effortless style that I could make over and over again. I like Sewaholic patterns, but I'm not pear shaped so I find that I need to make alterations to most of them to get the right fit. This was the case with this blouse too. I thought the fit would be a breeze because the pattern is simple, but with very narrow shoulders and larger bust I ended up making almost 2 full muslins and it could still use some tweaks. It didn't help that I stashed everything away after the first failed attempt and forgot about the blouse for almost year. Its usually not like me to have unfinished projects aka UFOs, but I had a few other projects that I was excited to try. With summer in full swing now and temps in the high 90's and 100's I needed more breathable, work appropriate tops. I only had 1 yd of this coral rayon challis and knew I needed to give Belcarra another try.

Sewaholic Belcarra top back

I started with the smallest size and then added some width at the bust and the front sleeve. Overall the fit is not bad, but it's still just a tad tight across the shoulder blades in the back when I'm moving around. I probably should have sized up, but didn't want the blouse to fall off my shoulders or be too boxy. There's also a Sewaholic FBA tutorial that I found afterwards and may try next time to see if I get better results.
Camera outtakes
Here's me being silly in front of the camera and checking the fit as I'm moving around. Initial fitting issues aside, the top was very quick to sew. For this version I made view B with little stripes on the shoulders. I really like that design on solid fabric. Rayon challis presses up nicely and is very light so I'm very happy with the fabric choice. The only downside is that it wrinkles. I plan to make another one in a high quality poly or a poly blend for the fall for easy care, but can't imagine wearing synthetics in the middle of the summer in Texas.

If you've made this top before, what fabric did you have the most success with?

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