Seeing Karen's lovely Pendrell blouse at the weekend made me suddenly want to wear my own Pendrell, which I’d made last month and hadn’t got round to wearing. I wore it earlier this week and loved it - it’s really comfortable and gives a plain outfit that little extra bit of oomph. So, like a woman possessed, I decided I HAD to make another one IMMEDIATELY! I’d already decided which fabric to use ages ago – this remnant of flowery fabric I picked up at a Vintage Fair.
I’m not sure what kind of fabric it is, probably something synthetic by the feel of it. The girl I bought it from didn’t know either and was so embarrassed about it that she gave me a huge unasked for discount (I got over two metres of vintage fabric for £7 – result!).
With the first Pendrell I made a size 10, and although I’d already adjusted the hips on the pattern, I felt it was still a bit loose in the chest. Not so noticeable with the voile but probably more so with the stretchy mystery fabric. So I cut out an 8 for this version and it’s a great fit.
I used Andrea’s method of sewing extra bias binding around the neck to create a bow.
You simply sew the binding to the outside of the blouse rather than the inside, and leave a couple of lengths dangling to form a bow. Super simple and super pretty. I still can’t quell my fear of looking like Dog Toby, so the seam went unruffled again. I'm really pleased with it, it looks like it was born to be in my wardrobe.
|The bare legged look - sadly for indoor use only at this time of year|
The great thing about making second (or third) versions of patterns is that you’ve already done all the dirty work of sizing and adjusting for fit. Plus, you’ve sewn it before, so you know all the tricks. The second time around it’s a piece of cake (in fact this version only took me a couple of hours to sew). I’m not the only one who thinks this way, Tilly’s just finished her third Beignet and Karen’s made three versions of her Woman’s Realm skirt with plans for several more Pendrell’s! I don’t think this is the last you’ll see of this particular pattern….