Pendrell Blouse: Now with Ruffles!

You asked for it, and here it is! View B of the Pendrell Blouse, the ruffled version. I wore it to work on Friday and got lovely compliments! It was super comfortable too. What do you think?

I’m really happy with the double-ruffled look! Imagine if you did the ruffles in a contrast fabric, different from the blouse itself? Or if you matched the seam ruffle but used contrast for the ruffled cap sleeve only?

I made this blouse in a 100% rayon from Dressew, it’s really light and soft and comfortable, but it definitely wrinkles. Good for a blouse where most of it’s tucked into a pencil skirt or high-waisted trousers so as to not show the wrinkles.

The sleeve ruffles are on the fold, no tricky hemming required! (Hurrah! is probably what you’re thinking, if you’ve ever done tiny narrow hems on slippery fabric.) Same great fit as the Pendrell Blouse view A, but with a different type of shoulder interest.

What I learned, however, is that this bold, beautiful blue colour doesn’t work well in photographs. My official photographer is concerned about shooting the blouse done in this colour, so I have to re-make this blouse for the photo shoot. Too bad, because I absolutely love this colour! (As you can tell since both of my samples were done in this bright blue!)

I’d love to hear what you think! Do you like View B as much as View A? You know, let’s make it easy and do another poll. Feel free to leave a comment if you’re inclined as well!

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




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34 Responses to Pendrell Blouse: Now with Ruffles!

  1. K-Line September 11, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    I really love this version. View A is nice, but this one flatters, IMO, even more.

  2. Lisa September 11, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    I love the ruffled version I think it will be brilliant from detracting from my “pear” shaped figure . I can’t wait for your patterns to launch .

  3. lap September 11, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    With the added ruffle there’s a distinct 80’s feel, but because of the sleeve length I think it looks really modern. There’s a blouse worn in Valley Girl that has that same “new romantics” feel. I love the texture it adds visually and how the ruffle is low-key enough that if you have long hair and wear it down it doesn’t look fussy.

  4. Funnygrrl September 11, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    I love both but would make B first so I voted for that one. Wouldn’t a little lace cap sleeve be so cute?

  5. Janice September 11, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    I liked view A, but I want to sew this one. :)

    Just found your blog (Sew a Beginner had a link) and am glad to see someone a bit closer blogging. I live in Duncan, on the island, and would love to find some folks sewing something other than quilts close by…

  6. Liara September 11, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    I am already eyeing a silk crepe with a paisley (my absolute favorite) for this blouse. Remind me, when will the pattern be available???

  7. quietandsmalladventures September 11, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    i love, love, love this version!!! its so cute and i love the idea of the ruffle contrasting with the blouse (or being a solid with a two-color print blouse) :)

  8. Sabrina Clementine September 11, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Lovely work! I questioned the ruffle at first, but I think it adds a cute and playful touch to it. The draped sleeve looks a bit more serious. (I’m a fan of both!) Can’t wait to see what else you have to show us!

  9. Verity Clothing September 11, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Love it! I too think the idea of the contrasting ruffles would look great.

  10. Tasia September 11, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks everyone!!
    Liara, I’m hoping to have patterns ready by the end of October at the latest. I’ll be posting updates as we get closer to launch date. Silk crepe with a paisley sounds very pretty, great idea!
    @lap: Totally, that’s a great point about long hair! I’ve purchased blouses that have details and texture around the neckline – but if you wear your hair down it gets stuck on the ruffles. Or the structure ‘holds’ your hair away from your body, like wearing a hoodie.. I also wanted people to be able to wear jewelry as well, you could easily wear a long necklace without it being too much, or getting stuck :)
    @Funnygrrl: Lace ruffles would be awesome! So pretty.
    @Janice: Welcome! Thanks for stopping by, it’s always fun to know there are other sewing enthusiasts close to home!
    Thanks all for the feedback! It really helps to know I’m on the right track, creating things that you guys love as well as me! I can’t wait to share more of my designs, I love them and I hope you do too :)

  11. Maureen September 11, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    Lovely blouse Tasia – this version will definately be on my “to do” list!

  12. Haylee September 11, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I LOVE the added ruffle. It looks so cute! It looks more flattering too in my opinion which is always a plus. :) Great job!

  13. Claire (aka Seemane) September 11, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    I have to say that for me your View B of this blouse is far more my cup of tea than View A.
    I can see View B with a contrast piping down the front & back vertical seam-lines. And, if made-up as an evening version beads sewn along the edges of the flutter-sleeves (as well as the front/back seam-lines) to emphasize the styling you’ve created in this great top :)!

  14. Mary September 11, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I love this even more then the first one! The fabric is so beautiful, too. I can’t wait to see the next one you make up from view B… actually, I cant wait until I can make this! You should do what Colette does and have some other people make up your patterns to try them out. Sign me up :)

  15. Alexandra Mason September 11, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I love them both!

  16. Tanit-Isis September 11, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    It’s adorable… makes me wish I was a pear-shape ;). I wonder if those sleeves would look cute or just leave me looking like a line-backer… hmm…

  17. A Sewn Wardrobe September 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    I will definitely be making both. I couldn’t pick just one.

  18. petite josette September 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I like this one even more ! And it goes beautifully with the skirt you have on !
    Now, my question is. Do you think a long sleeve version with the ruffles would work ? I would love a long sleeve version for winter !

  19. Angel September 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Both are cute but i think view B is much more flattering as well. I think this would look so cute with a contrast color for the sleeve or ruffle!

  20. Clare September 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Really like both but prefer the ruffles!

  21. Faye Lewis September 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    I’m so enjoying your fantastic blot. I’m sending you two blogger awards (if you have time and would like to participate.

  22. Sarah September 12, 2010 at 2:10 am #

    Oh, Tasia! This one is my favourite view. Ruffles? Yes, please! Beautiful job. I’m looking forward to your patterns.

  23. The Sew Convert September 12, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    Love the sleeves! I love this version and the blue color looks fabulous on you!

  24. B @ Sweet Limes September 12, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    I’m with you on the gorgeous colour of this blue, I love it too. As for view A vs. view B, I’m loving B the best.

  25. Gordita September 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    I LOVE the blue of the blouse. It’s such a fantastic color. Also, the blouse is absolutely darling. And, you look fabulous in that outfit.

  26. margie September 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I really really like version B!! I like version A, but the ruffles on this version just make it so different and special.

  27. kelli September 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    i really like this ruffled version.

  28. Angela September 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Very cute! Love the ruffled vesion! It adds a perfect touch of femininity!

  29. Ryan September 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    I love that this blouse is a pull over but doesn’t look over-sized or blocky. I like view B best too and would love to make it in a knit. The princess seams are so flattering. i think the double ruffle of View B offers the same weight up top, but seems somehow slightly daintier/more feminine.

  30. eilane September 14, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Hello, I am Brazilian and I read your blog every day. Congratulations, your creations are wonderful. I love your skirt of this outfit, it was you who sewed?

    Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration.

    Eilane Vida

  31. Tasia September 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Yay! I’m so glad you guys like this version too. I’m surprised and happy to hear that you like it even better than the first one! Thanks for the feedback and comments :)
    @Claire (aka Seemane): Thanks! Contrast piping sounds nice, and would look nice and slimming along the seamlines. You might have a harder time tucking it in, if the piping is too stiff, something to think about if you usually tuck your blouses in.
    @Mary: Thanks and I’m glad you like it! This pattern’s past the testing stage but that’s a great idea to consider in future!
    @Tanit-Isis: Other body types could make this blouse, it’s not strictly for pear shaped figures! Especially a blouse, it could easily work on most body types! My sister has wider shoulders and she really likes this style, so don’t write it off yet :)
    @A Sewn Wardrobe: Sweet! Happy to hear it, of course :)
    @petite josette: Because the ruffle is set into the armhole, like a cap sleeve, it would be pretty bulky if a long sleeve was added into the armhole as well. If you’re concerned about warmth, try layering a long sleeve tee underneath? Something thin and lightweight so it’s still comfortable. That would be my suggestion, anyways!
    @Faye Lewis: Thank you Faye! A blog award, how lovely! I’ll have to check out your post.
    @eilane: No, I didn’t make my skirt! It would be simple to make something similar, it’s just a basic pencil skirt with two tabs on either side of the waist. They aren’t even functional, they’re just for show. There’s an invisible zipper up the back and that’s it!
    Thanks so much everyone for commenting and for voting on my poll! :)

  32. louise September 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    this is gorgeous tasia, well done again :)
    who’d’ve thought such a great colour would be vetoed from photos…at least you can wear them, and still enjoy the colour!

  33. Tasia September 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Thanks Louise! I know, apparently really bright blues don’t translate well. Learn something new every day! And you’re exactly right, it’s almost better because I can wear it freely now and not have to worry about wrecking it before it needs to be photographed!

  34. sulovesew September 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    I love it both ways…very very versatile. By the way, thanks for answering my question on using hymo for Lady Grey. I decided to bite the bullet and pay the hefty shipping fee, I am already spending a lot of money so this one won’t make a difference.