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So, what is a girl to do when her man is out of town? Open a bottle of bubbly, put on a John Hughes film and sew a Pendrell blouse, obviously.
I took a trip to Fabricland to look at some silk/wool suiting. I didn’t plan to buy but I wanted to check out the drape and feel for a future project. The one I really liked was $42 a metre. Yikes! I hope to find something I like online or in the US when I am there next month. Anyway, I saw red lace on discount. It wasn’t anything that I planned on buying but I’ve had this dress emblazoned on my brain since I saw this picture.
There wasn’t enough lace to make a dress and I asked myself where I would wear a red lace dress anyway. (Really, Funnygrrl, another dress that you can’t wear in everyday life…) There was just enough for a Pendrell blouse. (I’ve made 2 other Pendrell’s – blogged here and here.)
I knew that it would have to be underlined so I chose a champagne-coloured polyester taffeta. I knew it would be quite warm and I would lose the airiness of the lace but we are headed into autumn and winter so a little insulation won’t hurt.
I read up on Sewaholic’s underlining tutorial and stitched the pieces together. Once they are stitched together the piece is treated as a single piece of fabric.
I left the sleeves unlined. Underlining would have make it too bulky.
I feel for you sewists that always take photographs with a self-timer. They are hard to take correctly. Maybe the hubby is useful for more than just pizza-making and buying me expensive baubles.
What I’m listening to: Rum & Coca Cola by Wanda Jackson
I love this blouse!!!! So vintage and pretty! If I can find the time to finally get sewing, I should try to make one! 🙂
Thank you, doll. Between your writing for multiple magazines, canning and travelling you should find some time.
LOL! I will try! I have so many projects waiting for me in boxes. I’ll just pay you to make me one! 😉
I love the blouse!! Come on tho- we all need useless pretty clothing- join me at the supermarket in our crinolines!!
Ha ha! Or our full circle skirts for gardening.
I just want to wear what I make and I’ve limited myself!
This looks lovely! Although I would’ve had a hard time giving up on the red lace dress ;). I have a feeling you will get way more wear out of this, though….
Thank you! I know I will get more wear out of this.
I haven’t completely given up on the red lace dress though…
That is GORGEOUS!! What else can I say?!
Oh, thanks! I hope to get better photos now that my unpaid help is back. 🙂 I love the Pendrell pattern. I’ve made 3 but I don’t think a non-sewist would recognize that they were the same top. Especially with the sleeve variations.
Pendrell pattern abuse! Great job on the blouse, I love the champagne choice underneathe.
If loving the Pendrell is wrong, I don’t want to be right!
Oooh, I love this!!! I want one!!! 😀
Love the color, you need more red in your wardrobe…raaarw…
Looks awesome with the skirt!
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I love your pendrell blouse. I just got the pattern. I might put some sleeves on mine.
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