Friday, March 04, 2011
I could not narrate the inner process that led me to the Pendrell blouse better than Karen, from Did you make that? Her post really made me laugh!
I decided at the last minute to change pattern, even though I had already cut my fabric for another blouse (risky, I know!). I ordered the famous Pendrell blouse pattern from Sewaholic recently, and the red floral fabric was just perfect for it, with all its drape. The website said I could expect the pattern to arrive towards the end of March, but to my great surprise it arrived four days later, so a month earlier! Tasia from Sewaholic has started her own pattern line that is flattering to the pear figure. I am really happy she is doing this because I think there is definitely a market for it. Most clothing stores – and pattern companies – use a V-shape or hourglass model. These don’t suit a pear figure at all.
My verdict is that the Pendrell blouse was indeed as great as everyone said. The first fitting was pretty close to perfect - which never happens usually. I still had to make minor adjustments:
- The chart suggested a size 4 for my measurements, but the mock-up turned out to be a little big. I made a combination of size 0 (upper part) and 2 (lower part).
- I created an extra opening at the back to fit over my head.
- I reduced the size and length of the frills. (I am now not sure this was a good idea, because it reduced the illusion of wider shoulders.)
Overall, it was a really good pattern to work with. The instructions were very clear and the style is so flattering to my figure. I recommend it warmly and I am impatiently waiting for her next pattern. (I hear it's going to be a skirt.)
Another thing I liked is that I learned a new technique for finishing neck and arm openings. My first attempt was pretty irregular, but I think I got it now. It makes for a very clean and professional finishing and I will definitely use this technique again.
I am already planning my next Pendrell blouse. I have a great fabric for it...