Finished: Some Kind of Wonderful Pendrell

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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.

Red Lace Pendrell blouse - no head shots today as hair is mussed beyond all reason

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.

Gorgeous Red Lace Dress

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.)

Red Lace-it's not really this light coloured

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.

Again, the flash is making it appear lighter than it is

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.

Some Kind of Wonderful Pendrell

I left the sleeves unlined.  Underlining would have make it too bulky.

Styled with navy pinstriped skirt, nude belt and shoes

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


20 thoughts on “Finished: Some Kind of Wonderful Pendrell

    • 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.

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