|Sewaholic Patterns: 1001 (Pendrell blouse) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||6/16/13 3:45 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.98 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Polyester Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Semi-fitted pullover blouse has princess seams and bias binding at neck and armhole. View A has softly draped pleated sleeves set into princess seams. I made View A.|
Pattern Sizing: 0-16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions are thorough. There is also a sew along on the Sewaholic website that is helpful as it is fully illustrated. Having said that, the blouse requires a drapey fabric which adds its own challenges.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the princess seams, the fact that there are no closures to deal with and the finishing on the neckline and armholes. The sleeves on View A are pretty and feminine. It is very long: I cut off six and a half inches so that it would sit at the hip. The pear shape is very pronounced at that point and, since my hips and bust are pretty close in circumference, the original length was a little tent-y. Because of the volume, it was easy enough to just cut off the length without worrying about the aftermath.
Fabric Used: Polyester woven. It is a silky polyester, great for drape but terrible for pressing and preparing to sew! My machine sewed it beautifully, but I spent a lot more time getting ready to sew than I did sewing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I cut off six and half inches in length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again, perhaps in a more agreeable lightweight cotton. The drape is essential on View A, so fabric choice is important. I would recommend it to others. While nothing in this pattern is technically very difficult, the fabric required makes many steps quite time-consuming.
Conclusion: The Pendrell blouse is pretty and very straightforward in its execution. Be aware that preparing to sew and pressing will take more time than actually sewing.
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