Mom said there’s nothing lined up for her in my current WIP. Guess the timing is just right with the Sewaholic Belcarra Blouse Sew-Along. Mom gets a new top in less than 2 weeks.
Mom and I popped into Spool of Thread one afternoon to find something for a simple top. We found some roll-ends of Cloud9 Fabrics’ Mixteca collection. It was a now or never moment with minimal yardage left.
Mom picked the Tucana print and it was moment of truth to see how much is left in the bolt, 1.3m. Alright, I can deal with that for a top. I asked the girl if they had the Sewaholic Belcarra in stock and she found me a copy. Yes!!
For Mom’s size, the pattern suggests 2.1m of fabric. Obviously I am short 0.8m but gut feeling tells me most of the yardage is for a neck binding cut on the bias. Sure enough, there is a neck binding on the bias. In lieu of using the fabric for a neck binding, I used bias tape instead.
Construction and Alternations
View A is the basic blouse with bias cuffs. Other options are turnback cuffs, tucked sleeves, or a patch pocket.
The Sew-Along suggests marking the stitch line with chalk first to make life easier when sewing around the angles. The cuff looks much better than if I had done it by eye. Now I want to mark everything angled.
Bias Tape Neck Binding
The bias tape binding was a good alternative to the self-fabric neck binding. My concern is for how it will hold up on lighter fabric. Maybe there is a ‘lighter’ bias tape…
All seams were trimmed down with pinking shears. The cuffs had been basted earlier so they were trimmed down and sewn over with a zigzag.
The pattern suggests sewing the hem by folding it by 1.5″, finish seam, and sew in place. Mom prefers a double fold so I did that instead.
Don’t think I made a single fuss through the whole project. The experience was surprisingly pleasant. I was at ease through every step without any struggle.
Next time, I would consider a more lightweight fabric (anything lighter than cotton). Mom felt there is too much flare around the hip so I will taper it next time.
- Use lighter fabric
- Use less fabric by finding an alternative to the neck binding
- Try other sleeve/cuff variations