Coming Up Roses: Another Pendrell Blouse

Not a lot of sunshine these days, but plenty of roses! Starting with this lovely rose-print version of the Pendrell Blouse.

Speaking of the blouse, I was delighted to hear many of you say that for the first time, all of your measurements are in one column on the size chart! As someone who always has to cut multiple sizes just to fit over the hips, I can relate!

And for you who think in the metric system, I’m going to create a fabric requirements chart in metric! (A pretty-looking one even, like yesterday’s size chart and fabric requirements.) It won’t fit on the envelope back but I’ll post it on the blog and publish both Yard and Metre Fabric Requirement Images on the pattern shop page. I hope that helps!

Back to the floral blouse!

The fabric is a polyester print from Value Village, I paid about $4.99 for the 2 yard piece. How cool is it that thrifted fabric can make such a pretty blouse – and the price is right, too!

I can just about make this blouse in my sleep now! It’s been fun testing out the pattern, edit the instructions and refine the design details. I take it as a very good sign that I’m not the least bit tired of seeing it yet.

And the best part is, I have a ton of ideas for variations! There are so many cool and simple things you can do to change up the look. I’ll keep sharing them as I go, and as we get closer to launch date. I’m so excited!

More pattern updates to come over the next week. Big things are happening!

UPDATE: Like this blouse? Make your own! The Pendrell Blouse is available in the Pattern Store here.

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21 Responses to Coming Up Roses: Another Pendrell Blouse

  1. Corinne November 17, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    As usual this is adorable, and, the price is right! I see this pattern as a building block. With style and fabric variations the look is very versatile. Dress up or down, this is a winner. One of my favorite features is the neckline to bust-point shape. It is smooth, clean and well fitted. Frequently, the waist definition is lost when fitting the pear shape. This does not. Good work.

  2. lap November 17, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    I love how modern this really traditional print looks done up in Pendrell! Your new blouse will look terrific with the accordion pleated skirt you paired your sleeveless Pendrell in as well I think. I’m really excited to see how this fits for me, a more hourglass shape. From the measurements it looks like the hip will be perfect and it will just take a small fba to get the bust there.

  3. Casey November 17, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Love the fabric you used for this one! Can’t wait to see what other variations you cook up! ;)

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  4. Arya November 17, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    I really like this version of the blouse – the navy blue with the bold red roses is lovely. Also, I appreciate that the ruffle sleeves are “just right” (to my eye)…neither too small to count as a sleeve(let) nor so ruffley that one feels like a little girl. Great design!

    Also, thank you for sharing so many versions with us. One challenge I have is visualizing a particular fabric as a clothing item. I am so often smitten with a fabric and a pattern, but can’t figure out what will look good made up. It has been helpful to see this blouse (which I plan on making for myself once it’s up for sale) made up with different fabric patterns.


  5. Darci November 17, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Dang your new top is cute and SO flattering! Can’t wait to see what design variations you come up with. Screamin’ deal on the FABric, btw.

    Yay for moving forward! You GO, girl!

  6. Catherine November 17, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    This print is fabulous and I loved the pants you paired it with – tres chic!

  7. Cecili November 17, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Another one I love^^ Great fabric again!

  8. Jessica H. November 17, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    Beautiful version of this blouse! It’s really great to see it made up in so many different ways. Speaking of variations, one way I would LOVE to see this blouse is with long sleeves added (of course, keep the ruffles on too!). I live in a climate where I mostly live in long sleeves 2-3 seasons of the year, so this would really add to the versatility. A version of the blouse with long sleeves and ruffles on the sleeve caps would be a fun addition to my cold weather wardrobe! Can I just tell you how amazing and inspirational it is to see you create this pattern and turn it into a business endeavor? I think entrepreneurs are some of the coolest people in the world!

  9. Seersucker Sally November 17, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    This is adorable, and it looks like it would be very flattering on most figure types. Great fabric find, too.

  10. Ryan November 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Did you make those pants too? One of my goals for next year is to make pants that fit. I find myself wearing my one pair of jeans that mostly fits (w/ a belt) 3 times a week to work cause all the other pants stretch out so much in the waist that they sag.
    I recently found the last pair of pants I sewed (and never hemmed – 8 years ago) and although they fit, the pattern isn’t very flattering. It’s time for more pants (that I can pair with my multiple pendrell blouses. I already have stash fabric paired with the pattern in my mind.)

  11. Catherine November 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Totally gorgeous! And I am another one who fits in neatly to one size column on your chart! Who knew – I am a perfect 8 haha!

  12. Rachel November 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Very cute!

  13. Gail November 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Big things meaning income earning possibilities? Nice blouse.

  14. Dei November 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    How cute is this! I love your top. O.k. now I have to buy the pattern because I have plans for that. Something in a men’s shirt fabric.

  15. Shannon November 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Oooo. I like this one.

  16. Haylee November 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    I swear, you find the CUTEST fabric for all of your projects. I love it!

  17. gwen November 18, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    That’s a sweet little blouse. I like the ruffled capped sleeve.

  18. Alicia November 18, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    Hi there!
    Your blouse is looking awesome, I can’t wait for the pattern to come!
    I live in South Africa and I find that round necks for summer items get on my nerves sometimes, any chance you’ll do a v-neck variation?
    Thanks for all your lovely posts, I really enjoy your blog!

  19. Victoria November 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Super cute blouse:)

  20. Lisette November 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Wait, can you buy it yet? I clicked patterns and it only says coming soon. Or are you having people preview it?
    I think this is my favorite version, I’m in love with roses lately.

  21. Tasia November 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    Thanks for all the awesome comments! For those of you who asked, it’s not for sale yet. Very, very soon! Don’t worry, you didn’t miss it!

    @Ryan: No.. I didn’t make the pants. Those are pants I bought ten years ago, when I *had* to wear black pants to a job and they were the closest I found that I liked. I love them because they’re lined! (I own perhaps three pairs of pants, total and it was too cold to wear a skirt outside, which is why I have on the pants!) I hate buying pants – for the same reason, nothing fits and when it does it usually isn’t flattering. Which is why I’ve held onto these for so long! One day, I’ll create the perfect pair of pants and make a pattern. (What would the perfect pair of pants look like, I wonder?) PS. Love that you want to make multiples of the blouse, yay!

    @Alicia: The round neck on this isn’t too high on the neck, so you might not mind it in the summer! Thanks for the feedback though and I’ll keep it in mind when coming up with the next blouse design!
    Same thing with the long sleeves, this blouse is designed with a sleeveless-style armhole. It’s hard to explain, but have you noticed that sleeveless patterns often have a different armhole than ones that get a sleeve inserted? If I made a sleeve for this blouse, it would need a different armhole as well. Good suggestions though! You could always make (or wear) a slim-fitting long sleeve top underneath the blouse, it’s fitted but there’s still room for a layer underneath if you wanted.