Now Available: Pendrell Blouse PDF Pattern

Our very first sewing pattern of them all, the Pendrell Blouse, is now available as a PDF download!

Ruffled Pendrell Blouse in beautiful blue rayon

Now that’s an old photo. This is well before Sewaholic Patterns was a real business! I was still employed full-time at my old job and this was my favourite photo-taking spot on my way to work. Nice brick wall in the industrial park, with a good ledge and railings for interest, and hardly anyone around.

I still really love the Pendrell pattern and still love how it looks tucked into a skirt like this.


More old photos at the brick wall. You can make the Pendrell Blouse in a knit if you like! Just keep in mind it may stretch out, and you might want to go down a size or take it in at the side seams to compensate. This viscose knit grew and grew over time. The neck binding does help maintain the shape, as do the seams.

Rose Print Pendrell, back view.

This rose-print version is my favourite of all time and I still wear it! It’s made of polyester with a bit of texture, and it has held up really well over the past four years. It dries quickly, making it great for washing the night before and wearing the next day. It’s been my go-to top for presentations as I like explaining how the sleeves work and how simple it is to sew.

When I have more free sewing time, I want to make more of these. I’ve had these two polyester chiffon prints set aside for a while now as they’d be excellent in the Pendrell Blouse pattern.

floral chiffon in raspberry and pumpkin

The Pendrell Blouse PDF pattern is on sale to celebrate its release! Get it while it’s new and save $2. (Hey, that rhymes!)

The PDF pattern is $9.98 (regular price $11.98) and will be offered at the sale price until February 15th.

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22 Responses to Now Available: Pendrell Blouse PDF Pattern

  1. jessica w January 22, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    If we already own the paper pattern, is there a cheaper price we can pay to also get the PDF version?

    • Zete January 22, 2015 at 6:40 am #

      While I would like that, I dont think it’s a thing that is really managable. Like how would you tie together your current account with an anonymous pattern purchase fact, maybe not even in sewaholic website, several years ago? Or those who have the pattern gifted to them?

      • Tasia January 22, 2015 at 11:37 am #

        Agreed, it’s one of those things that would be good in theory but so hard to administrate! I suggest waiting for PDF sales, I often run sales from time to time, and that would be a good time to get a PDF pattern at a discount. I have thought of offering a combination purchase for new patterns, a price that includes both PDF and print versions, because that would be easy to manage! Then you’d be able to start with the PDF right away knowing a paper copy is coming eventually.

        • Zete January 23, 2015 at 12:47 am #

          Ooh.. pattern/pdf combo option would be awesome!

          • Tasia January 23, 2015 at 10:29 am #

            Good to know! I will add it to my list of things to work on for future.

        • Lyric January 27, 2015 at 11:37 am #

          Now THAT would be a good idea, Tasia.

  2. sonia January 22, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    I have a fitting question for the Pendrell, hope you have time. My upper and lower bodice line at the front between them have an extra 2 1/8 inches length, mostly at the upper line. At the back, mostly at the lower line I have 1 inch less length needed. I’m planning an Alma taking out the difference in lengths front and back partly by making the dart bigger, partly at the the hemline. My question is; is it possible to adjust a princess seam to accommodate such a difference in length between the front and back of the blouse? Or are princess seams just not for me? Thanks in advance :-)

    • Tasia January 22, 2015 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Sonia! I’ll see what I can do. I’m having a hard time picturing what it looks like, do you mean the blouse is longer at the front but shorter in the back, as if the whole blouse was tilted forward? Where do the shoulder seams lie? If they’re where they should be, is the bust curve in the right place for you? If everything looks good everywhere, except for the hems, I’d simply straighten them out as needed. I hope I’m understanding correctly, let me know if this sounds like a reasonable solution!

      • sonia January 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

        A toile version of an unaltered pendrell, has the bust shaping too high. From the side the hem would pull up or be too short at the front, and too long in the back, pooling above the bottom. It’s more prominent on a toile of the Belcarra, but there is also, looking from a side view, a line running from bust to bottom at an angle. I also know from trouser fitting that the top of my pelvis does tilt forward, but my posture is in a straight line. Any ideas gratefully accepted, but not to worry if nothing springs to mind, I’ve been wrestling this one for a while, and Renfrews are always kind to my shape.

        • sonia January 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

          P.s. whole blouse tilted backwards and shoulder seams in the right place.

        • Tasia January 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

          Sounds like it could be a full bust issue, that’s pulling the hemline upwards in the front. Even if your bust is average in your terms, it may be fuller than our standard! Especially if you notice it on the Belcarra too, which has no shaping at the bust.
          You could lower the bust point, or adjust for a fuller bust, or both? If the bust shaping is both too high and possibly not full enough, then I would suggest both.
          Tutorial link for lowering the bust point on a princess seam bodice: if you need it!
          I hope this helps or at least gives you a starting point!

  3. sonia January 22, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    P.s. normal posture and average bust (in case that helps)

    • sonia January 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      Thanks so much, two heads are better than one, will try that out tomorrow.

      • sonia January 24, 2015 at 2:59 am #

        Yay! Sorted out, thank you so much.

  4. Annette January 22, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    I cannot wait to get this PDF! It is a gorgeous blouse, no matter how you look at it! Very exciting! TFS, Annette

  5. Sarah January 22, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Does this include sizes 18 and 20?

    • Tasia January 22, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      Not at this time, just the previous size range of 0-16. So far it’s only 2015 patterns and newer that have sizes 0-20. This is an exact PDF version of the current printed Pendrell Blouse pattern.

  6. Paule January 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    I’m living in Japan and doesnt have Visa (just local credit card). Can I pay via paypal?
    I can not see this option…

    Love your pattern.
    Thank you by advance!

    • Tasia January 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

      Yes, you can pay by Paypal! When you check out, you’ll have the option to choose Paypal or payment by credit card. So glad you like the pattern! Let me know if you’re not able to check out or see the Paypal payment option when you get to the checkout stage.

  7. Jo January 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    I love pendrell! I’ve made it 3 times now, and hoping for more! I blogged them too. A timeless classic if you ask me! :)

  8. Clémence January 24, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    I made pendrell once, but I was very disappointed. My head could not fit through the neckline, the hole was too small. Is it my head that is especially big (I don’t really think so) or did I do something wrong ? I can see from the pictures above that the flowery one you made has a very high neckline, but not the blue one. How come ? Did you adjust the neckline on the blue top ?

    • Tasia January 27, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      Both necklines are the same height, it could be the way the blouses are sitting in the photographs. I haven’t heard of the neckline being tight except with one person, and she added a keyhole opening to the back and a button, for extra room. Did you take a 5/8″ seam allowance or possibly less, if less that would make the neckline higher and tighter. You could also lower the neckline slightly all around, for a wider opening, or just in the front if you prefer.