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Belacarra Blouse. And curtains

I found the Belacarra Blouse an interesting idea - I wanted to try raglan sleeves, but wasn't too  sure about buying the pattern yet. I tried normal sleeves and kimono sleeves but a good raglan sleeve opportunity is not that easy to come by - still, I dwindled thinking I have enough stuff on my sewing plate so one more blouse won't make a difference.

Then, Tasia released the pdf version, and said she'll do more pdf patterns if it sells well. Well now, that's an interesting idea isn't it? It so happens I'm quite interested in the maxi skirt they brought out - more interested than in the blouse anyway but not quite enough to handle a paper pattern shipped from Canada yet. Still, the pdf Belacarra was in the back of my mind, and the fact that I really want the Gabriola as a PDF even more so.

 I'm not usually a keen participant in givaways - not sure why, but I just never warmed up to them, although I keep telling myself at some point I'll enter one of those pyramid giveaways. However, when I saw the Belacarra Sewalong Giveaway, I said to myself, I need to get the PDF version of that pattern. Said and done: I went and bought it, so I will enter this giveaway! I just need to make it by Friday. Easy peasy you'd think, but Mr T said I must finish the curtains first  - and he's right, I really must, because the ones I made for the living room are too long and they currently look like this:

So my plan is to get one set of curtains done on Tuesday - the ones that need to be shortened (Monday I had late meetings so no sewing), then spend Wednesday/Thursday evening sewing up the Belacarra, then go back to curtains on Thursday/Friday. Hopefully that will let me do something else on the weekend.

Here's the one cool thing I wanted to show you though. The first page of the Belacarra pdf is actually super cool, and an idea I never saw anywhere else. I hope other pattern companies start doing this:

Not only can I just print whatever view I want to make without spending the time to figure out what that is, but they're arranged such that it saves on loads of paper. Which is neat if you think about it.


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