Sewing failures: Pendrell Blouse & a pattern swap!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!