I’ve had some Anna Maria Horner voile in my stash for a while but keep changing my mind about what to make with it. I struck whilst the iron was hot (literally) and quickly cut out the sleeveless version of the Pendrell (version three). Once sewn though, it was surprising to see just how plain a top the sleeveless Pendrell really is. On me, it was verging on the frumpy. I didn’t take any photos of the Pendrell in its frumpsville phase, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
I didn’t want to waste my precious voile, so I needed to do a bit of re-jigging. Hhhmm, what to do? In the end I added a Peter Pan collar and I think it saved the day. Inspired by ooobop’s lovely dress in this post, I drafted my own collar using this tutorial. To stop the neckline looking too bulky (it was already bias bound) I top stitched the collar down. It's not perfect, but it still works and at least the collar lies flat. The addition of a collar definitely makes it more wearable. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with it.
|I couldn't resist adding a button|
Now that I’ve sewn the two patterns within a week of each other, here’s my list of what does and doesn't work for me with each pattern.
Barely 0.5 metres of fabric needed
Very quick to sew
Great for a holiday wardrobe
Way too short (this is easily remedied though)
Quite boxy in shape on me
Needs to be tucked in on me to look good
Cool pleat down the middle
More like 1.5 metres of fabric needed
Still quick to sew but not in the Sorbetto's league
Pattern is good value, considering this is my third make from it
Too plain on me without added collar or sleeves
Nice and long
Princess seams extremely flattering
Can be worn tucked or untucked on me
Two sleeve options available
In conclusion, I think they’re more or less neck and neck. I think the Sorbetto is better as a casual
holiday top, whereas the Pendrell is a more elegant style. They’re both great patterns and I’m sure
I’ll make more versions of each one. It was a fruitful experiment though – I’ve now got two very
wearable tops for my holidays. Result!