This week I made my first ever Sewaholic pattern, the Belcarra blouse.
I like a lot of the Sewaholic designs but until now I've always steered clear as I've not got the pear-shaped figure they are designed for, and the idea of intentionally buying a pattern that takes more effort to fit doesn't really appeal. It reminds me of the time when after a lot of beer we went to an Indian restaurant and our friend amused us by ordering a 'peas pilau rice without the peas please!'. What I really want here is 'a pear shaped pattern without the pear shape please!'.
But after continuing to be seduced by Sewaholic's designs, I decided to give the Belcarra a go on the basis that the larger hip measurement hopefully wouldn't be too critical to a blouse, so shouldn't need much adjusting.
It seems to fit quite well but it did take a lot of deliberation to work out what size to make. On their sizing chart I was an 8 for the bust and waist measurement, and a 2 for the hip. But when I took a look at the finished measurements I saw that the blouse was designed to be very loose fitted which I'm not so keen on. I also looked at other versions online and thought that this top that Lauren from Guthrie & Ghani made looked roughly me-sized (!), so I took a gamble and made a straight size 4.
I followed the sewalong posts which were detailed and straight-forward, and I'm happy with the result. I'd definitely make it again as it's a simple design that in a less glossy fabric would be a good wardrobe staple.
Though the fabric is a bit shiny shiny, I was particularly drawn to it as the design makes me think of lots of little moonlit globes. I'm not entirely sure what type of fabric it is, but it's very similar to the unknown fabric I made my first Anna dress from which Vicki from Another Sewing Scientist thought could be a poly-charmeuse which sounds very probable.
The fabric was easy to work with but not a cool fabric to wear as I found out to my detriment when I took it on it's first night out this week. We went to see Beck perform in concert, which was just brilliant as we had tickets to see him in June in Montreal which we had to give up as it fell on the eve of our last-minute wedding. So we were chuffed to get to catch up with him three months later in San Francisco. Although the concert venue was only six blocks from our flat it was at the top of Nob Hill, one of San Francisco's many steeeeeeep hills. So the uphill walk combined with jumping around to Beck's dancy numbers like Loser and Devil's Haircut, meant that by the end of the night I craved a cooler, more breathable fabric.
So going forward I'll save this top for more sedate, less vertically inclined evenings out! But overall Beck and the Belcarra didn't disappoint.