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First top: Sewaholic Belcarra OR Grainline Scout?
vivianalondon
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Date: 7/9/14 3:35 PM

Hi,

I am a beginning sewer. I just finished my very first sewing project (Meringue Skirt from Colette Sewing Handbook). I was trying to sew the second project from the same book (Pastille Dress) but had absolutely no luck in fitting after making two muslins. I reckon I should try to sew some simple tops first before attempting dresses again.

I found Sewaholic's Belcarra Blouse and Grainline Studio's Scout Tee online. Both are dartless woven tops with short sleeves. I love them both but want to pick one and stick with it for a short while, making a few versions of the same top to build up skills and confidence.

My question is: for those who have made both Belcarra and Scout, which one you would recommend to a beginner? Or is there any short-sleeved tops (preferably with instant pdf download so no Big 4 I'm afraid) that you think perfect for beginners?

Thank you very much for your help!

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Date: 7/9/14 3:48 PM

It also depends on your figure type, honestly. I'm right on the edge of plus-sized, fairly busty with broad shoulders, and the grainline scout did absolutely nothing for my figure. I've made up the Belcarra and had more luck with that one (haven't reviewed it yet, sorry) as raglan sleeves seem to suit me more. If you're more on the slender side without a pronounced bust then the grainline may be more successful for you.

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Date: 7/9/14 5:49 PM

I just made the Grainline scout yesterday and finished it in about 2.5 hours including piecing the pdf pattern together. Lovely, simple, clean pattern.

I have not made the Belcarra but with a cursory look, the sleeves seem easier to insert (not as much easing required with raglan sleeves I believe?).

It will probably come down to personal choice and what new skills you feel like tackling and acquiring :)

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Date: 7/9/14 6:25 PM

Raglan sleeves (the Belcarra) should be easier to insert than set-in sleeves (the Scout). Be aware though, if you're not already, that Sewaholic drafts for a small-busted pear-shaped figure.

If you're a bit busty, you might also want to consider something like the Colette Sencha blouse, which has cut-on sleeves, and would be easier than the other two.

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