I’ve been meaning to try the Pendrell blouse from Sewaholic patterns for months. It took the blogging world by storm, with many bloggers making multiple versions. Mainly because it’s quick and easy. If you are time strapped, this doesn’t take a long time even if you decide to put the ruffles in! I probably took about 5 hours to do this last night – I should mention that’s not 5 hours straight. That’s me making some dinner, talking to people on the phone and general pottering around my flat!
I made version B, which is described as a fitted pullover blouse with princess seams and binding at neck and armhole. Featuring ruffled cap sleeves and ruffles inserted into the princess seams.
It’s a multisize, available from 0 to 16. I made it up in a size 16. (I couldn’t be bothered to make a muslin).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are really easy and straightforward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the instructions, they are so easy. And I love how long the pattern is, perfect for tall ladies! I don’t really like the neck/arm binding, if I do it again, I will make proper bias binding.
A lovely light cotton from Fabrics Galore. I want to say it’s a voile but it’s not that sheer but it is still very light and floaty.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made or would make?:
This pattern is definitely for the pear shaped lady. So I really had to take it in at the hips. Instead of making a muslin and redrafting the pattern, I just made it up then removed the excess at the sides and at the front princess seams. Other than that I wouldn’t make any other additions.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would definitely recommend it to others and I probably will make it again. It’s so quick and easy!
Great project for beginners and in my opinion, a very pretty blouse design!