Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pendrell Blouse & Beignet Skirt!

Alrighty, a completed project for the blog! This thing's been lonely for awhile with just a couple of paragraphs to its credit so I'm glad I got something up before the end of the month. Phew.

The Beignet skirt from Colette Patterns was made last year when I was still in L.A. enjoying that mild winter. I used cotton canvas for the shell and a green voile for the lining, and with all the concentration in the world made 11 buttonholes for those brown buttons. I was very proud of my Janome, it worked through those with no problem! I love the color and feel of the skirt. Colette patterns are designed with very little ease so it's a good idea to go up a size if you're between sizes.

And now for the newest garment in my handmade wardrobe - the Pendrell blouse from Sewaholic Patterns!  I just happened to find Tasia's blog last fall and am very glad I did. She has excellent tutorials and such a great, feminine style. This is her very first pattern; she designs for pear-shaped women (which I'm not), so I just brought in the hips of my size and voila!  Tasia is hosting a sew-along if you're interested in making this blouse and need a little guidance.

The blouse is meant to be semi-fitted and tucked in. I went with View B since I don't have anything with ruffles and wouldn't have thought about them otherwise.  I figured I'd give them a go, even though my shoulders and hips are about the same width and I wasn't sure if they would look good on me.  Sewing's all about trying new things and if they don't work out, we move on, right? :)



I used a silk/cotton blend that was listed as "silk/rayon" in the store.  It didn't feel as slippery as silk/rayon, but I trusted the fabric store over my own judgment and only happened to confirm my suspicion when I later saw the fabric on Gorgeous Fabrics, listed as silk/cotton.  So, long story short, I'm not sure the ruffles are draping as much as I'd like them to, and as the pattern calls for, but I still think they work.  The ruffles and sleeves were fun to gather, and the fabric feels great.  I accidentally pre-washed it with too much softener, which made the fabric smell like fresh laundry every time I pressed it (might have to do that more often, mmm!).   The only thing that threw me for a loop was the neck binding -- it said to cut 2 of those, but I only used 1 in the end and it worked out fine.  But, I'm wondering, did I miss something?? 

I'm participating in Sunni's (The Cupcake Goddess) Trouser Sew-Along and I know this blouse will work well with those!  I'm even scheming for another Pendrell, view C sleeveless, and adding lace to the sleeveless arm opening.  I have a (now old!) blouse from B. Moss that looks similar and I think it would look nice with the wide leg trousers I'm making.

P.S.  Larger images also on Flickr

15 comments:

  1. I love your outfit, especially your sleeve ruffles! I can't wait to sew a Pendrell blouse.

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  2. Both pieces are so great! I rushed ahead on my Pendrell and then promptly got sidetracked by some other commitments... I'm almost glad, getting to see all these completed blouses before I get my own done!

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  3. Thank you both! The blouse comes together nicely so you'll enjoy it!

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  4. Your Pendrell looks great! I'm making one right now with the sew-along, and I noticed that I seem to have an extra neck binding as well. But nothing seems to be missing by using just one!

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  5. Oh good! I'm not alone. I saw that someone asked the same question at Sewaholic so maybe we'll get an answer on that one soon :) But you're right, it worked out just fine with just the one!

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  6. I noticed the same thing about the neck binding when reading the instructions. I guess it's easier to cut two than one? Maybe Tasia will mention it when she gets to that part of the sew-along.

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  7. Very pretty! This fabric is perfect for the blouse, I love the light turquoise print. I also love the Pendrell with Beignet - a great fitting skirt with a feminine blouse! It'll be equally gorgeous with trousers.

    Yes, the neck binding says Cut 2 but you only need 1, sorry for the confusion there! You didn't miss anything. :)
    Lovely job and look forward to seeing your next version!

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  8. Looks great - and I think the sleeves hang nicely.

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  9. Both your pieces look lovely. I'm thinking of doing a Beignet... great inspiration!

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  10. Cute blouse and skirt. Love the fabric for the blouse! I noticed you mention VA in your profile, what area? I am in Roanoke.

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  11. Thanks ladies! And thanks Tasia for mentioning the neck binding, I figured that was the case. So nice to get a compliment from the patternmaker :)

    Linda in Roanoke - my sister is a Hokie! I'm near Charlottesville.

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  12. Hi Amanda, I've made both the Beignet and the Pendrell and I love your versions of them. I was scared of the buttons on the Beignet too, they're my bravest achievement to date! Lovely outfit, you look great in it. x
    PS. Fab shoes too

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  13. Hi Amanda, I've just popped over to your blog through Tasia's site because I wanted to have a look at your blouse - it is so gorgeous!!! Really looking forward to exploring your blog a bit more now :)

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  14. Thank you both! And Suzie, I will have to get going on adding more to this blog :) I hope soon enough!

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  15. Shayne in CA says, "Love the blog!"

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