This is a versatile little number that I hope will become a wardrobe staple. It’s the ever popular Belcarra Blouse by Sewaholic Patterns.
Designed for woven fabrics, it features a raglan sleeve with turned up cuffs and relaxed fit with subtle shaping at the waist.
There are a lot of cute versions of the Belcarra on Pinterest. Lace sleeves, vibrant fabrics or a simple top featuring pleats on the sleeves. They also look as good with jeans as they do tucked into skirts.
The Belcarra is a reasonably quick make. It took just one rainy day complete with juggling kids on school holidays and all that entails, so I consider that pretty snappy. And do you recognise that sleeve fabric? I lined the sleeves of my blazer with it too. Matchy matchy!
The only alteration I made was to add 1cm to the top of the sleeves to narrow the neckline (via a tutorial on the Sewaholic site) because online reviews have suggested the neckline can be a bit wide and bra straps have a tendency to show. I’m pleased I did.
If you like sew-alongs, there is a Belcarra sew-along on the Sewaholic site that can walk you through each step of the way. Handy for tricky bits where you stare at the pattern blankly trying to work out what to do next. Not that there were any of those here, but I’ve had patterns previously with many such moments and sew-alongs are a perfect solution. Great for beginners too.
The Belcarra is a cute and easy to wear top and I think it’s a solid addition to the pattern stash. I’m all for getting some good basics in there and ones that will be used over and over again. The Belcarra fits that bill nicely.
Happy sewing everyone xoxo