This blouse is so, so soft! It’s like a tee shirt, but elegant. It’s the tee shirt all grown up and sophisticated. Anyways, I love it! I’m really happy with the look of this blouse, plus it’s incredibly comfortable. Great idea!
Some tricks to sewing this blouse in knit fabrics:
- Use a jersey needle with a ballpoint tip, as recommended.
- This blouse does feel a bit larger in a knit fabric, because of the stretch and weight of the fabric. If you’re used to wearing snug-fitting tee shirts, this will fit quite differently. I like it, but if you want a tighter fit you’ll need to make some alterations. (See the photo below – there’s a lot of space around the waist. If it were a silk charmeuse or other lightweight fabric, it wouldn’t be quite so noticeable and you’d need the extra room to get it on and off…)
- Be sure to staystitch the neckline carefully, without pulling or stretching the fabric. You don’t want the neckline to gap or stick out from the body!
- When hemming the body, use a stretch stitch or zigzag so the hem stitches don’t break when you put on the blouse or take it off.
- In fact, use a stretch stitch or zigzag for all seams, for stretchability! (I didn’t – I wanted to sew the blouse exactly as if it were a woven, as an experiment. It works, but there’s a chance if I take it off real quick I might snap the stitches. Do a few tests on your chosen fabric to find the right stitch for your project.)
- If you follow the instructions for bias neck binding, it may be a bit bulky and doesn’t stretch. You could use an alternate way to bind the neck edges, that’s more suitable for knit fabrics, but the original method does work. I quite like the tidiness of the binding the way it’s done though, it’s very stable and clean.
Also, you don’t need the princess seams for shaping in a knit fabric, technically the stretch would provide shaping around your curves. However I really like how it’s shaped around the bust – and if you are larger on top it’s much easier to add to the seamlines! Plus, the seams are there to set in the sleeve or ruffle.
Final verdict? I love the Pendrell blouse in a knit fabric. What do you think?
UPDATE: Like this blouse? Make your own! The Pendrell Blouse is available in the Pattern Store here.