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Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse & a pattern swap!

Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

I’m one of those people who cannot work in a mess, but who always makes a mess while working. I have to clean and organize before I can start a new project. Are you like this? Today I decided before I start on any new projects, I need to get rid of some old ones. I have several sewing failures hanging in my closet that I just don’t need to hold on to, but before I rip them up for scraps, I thought I’d document them on the blog. Here we go!

Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

For the first installment of sewing failures, let’s take a look at my two attempts at the Sewaholic Patterns Pendrell Blouse. When this pattern first came out, I wasn’t really that into it, but after seeing some nice makes in the wild, I decided the sleeveless version would make a versatile wardrobe staple. While I still really like this top on others (and I love Sewaholic Patterns in general), this silhouette is not for me. The cut is too modest for me, and when I wear it, I look like I’m wearing armor. It feels unfeminine in that way.

Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

In addition to the silhouette being unflattering on my body, man did I manage to mess up my fabric choices! That yellow polka dot print is dreadful on my skin. A great example of loving fabric on the bolt but not on the body. The brownish floral is nice, but I didn’t think about matching the pattern along the princess seams. Once I tried on the brown version, I immediately noticed that large repeating flower, and it drives me nuts that they are so close together along that seam line.

Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

I didn’t end up completely finishing either of these projects. I completed more of the yellow version than the brown. I made both of these last spring (2013) after I had just screen printed a bunch of tags. I was so excited to use one that I decided to add a tag to the shirt even though I had no intention of wearing it.

Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

Since Pendrell will never work for me, I’d love to pattern swap with someone! It is a nice look on the right person, and the pattern is really well drafted and easy to work with. I trace all of my patterns, so the original tissues are kept in great shape. Interested in swapping a pattern with me? Leave a comment below!

Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

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  • Sharyn

    I would be interested in a swap (if you don’t mind sending to New Zealand). I have never used a sewaholic pattern before and summer is coming here and I need a few tops. I can offer Vogue 1209 (size 12-18) or Vogue 1199 (size 14-20).

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Hi Sharyn! Thanks so much for the trade offer. Unfortunately the sizes aren’t right for me. A shame because these are some really nice patterns. Perhaps someone else reading this might be interested in a swap? I do recommend Sewaholic! Tasia’s patterns are great!!

  • http://fivemuses.blogspot.com/ Clio

    What a great way to move projects from UFO status to the recycling bin! I agree with your thoughts on Pendrell: awesome on others, but not my style.

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Thanks, Clio! I hold on to things and need to start clearing out the clutter.

  • Aleksandra Robinson

    It’s too bad the yellow polka dots didn’t work out — that blouse is super cute! Such a shame when stuff doesn’t work out like you want. I made up a Colette Hazel only to realize that it looks horrible on me!

    Anyway, I’d swap if you’re interested — Pendrell is one of the few Sewaholics I don’t own and I’d love to have it. I’ve got Colette Parfait or Violet (uncut) or Hazel (cut size 6). Or McCall’s M6833 if you’re looking for something a bit sexier. :)

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Yes! Let’s do it. Email me. jennifer @ workroomsocial.com. Can’t wait!

  • http://crabandbee.com/ Crab&Bee

    I work way better in a pristine space but can really allow my space to get cluttered! You’re inspiring me to clean out and reorganize.

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Me too!! I love walking into an empty table and starting a new project.

  • thequirkypeach

    Thanks for sharing! I totally have this pattern but gave up on it last time b/c of the horrible fabric I chose – I really should give it another try :)

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      I’ll keep an eye out for it on your blog! It’s a great pattern. Wish it worked for me.

  • Sew Exhausted

    I too make a mess when I sew. Loose pattern pieces are scattered about, threads are everywhere and pins are all over the floor. Sighhh… But I am TRYING to clean up after myself before I start a new project.

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Good for you for plowing through!