As mentioned in my Pendrell Update post I have been working on an underlined version of the Pendrell blouse from Sewaholic patterns. It is now finished and here are the photos:
I made the ruffle version and I love the result. Thank you so much to Tasia for her genius pattern and for suggesting and doing underlining in her sew-a-long. The underlining has turned this into a luxurious garment with the added bonus of being soft and lovely to wear.
The blouse was easy to sew up. I love the princess seams which give it a very different feel. I can see it working as a Pendrell dress by lengthening it. Something I may do in the future.
I only had to do a minor alteration changing the hip size down one. I cheated a bit with with the ruffles and I had to sew some of them down. As the fabric is chiffon they were sticking up a bit! The sleeves were also huge and I know others have had issues with the sleeves. Unfortunately I didn't find this out until I had sewn in the sleeves. I didn't want to unpick them so I have kind of taken them in and tacked them in place inside the blouse. If I make this pattern again I will definitely fit the sleeves for size before sewing them in. I will also cut the sleeves in a smaller size given the amount I have taken in.
The self-fabric neck and arm binding is brilliant. I used the chiffon fabric for the binding in the end. I ended up using 2 pieces of chiffon for the neck binding and one piece on each of the armholes. The neck binding didn't really need 2 pieces of chiffon and the armholes are perfectly fine with one piece. I have used the Pendrell neck binding pattern piece for the neck binding on the Jersey top I am currently making.
I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone thinking of doing it.
Happy sewing and have a good week.