Pendrell Blouse Sew-Along Schedule!

Hello readers and upcoming Sew-Alongers! In Vancouver the snow is falling and it’s absolutely beautiful! I’m loving the view from the inside looking out. People are staying in and keeping warm, myself included!

Today’s post is another short and sweet one, it’s madness around here!

Here’s what I’m thinking for the Pendrell Blouse Sew-Along Schedule:

  • Week of January 10th: Participants, Recommended Fabrics, Preparation
  • Week of January 17th: Fitting, Pattern Alterations (including FBA), Cutting
  • Week of January 24th: Sewing, Steps 1-7
  • Week of January 31st: Sewing, Steps 8-14
  • Week of February 7th: Sewing, Steps 15-19
  • Week of February 14th: Finished!

It’s a rough outline but it gives you an idea of the pace. I’ll cover how to make Views A, B, and C: your choice of ruffles, pleats or a classic sleeveless shell!

What do you think? This is my first time preparing and leading a Sew-Along so let me know if it’s too fast, or too slow, or just right!

Anyone heading out for some Black Friday shopping? Even though we’re only half an hour from the US, I’ve never shopped on Black Friday myself. Good luck and happy hunting, if you’re hitting the stores!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! I won’t be posting this weekend, I’m taking a little break to get caught up on things. See you on Monday!

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23 Responses to Pendrell Blouse Sew-Along Schedule!

  1. Bellieshaker November 26, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Im Irish, so i have to ask, what the hell is “Black Friday”???

    We have Culchie Friday where everyone from the country comes up to Dublin (the kids get a day off school and everything) to do their Christmas shopping, so if i put black Friday into context with our day? It sounds a bit odd??? :P

  2. Ginnie November 26, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    I would say it’s very similary, Bellieshaker… it’s a day of complete chaotic madness here in the US. Every store under the sun runs the biggest sales of the year and open at an ungodly hour (some as early as 3 AM!) in the name of Christmas shopping. It’s called Black Friday because, historically, it was the day that all the stores could finally be ‘in the black’ for the year – as in, turning profit. But I think it’s taken on a whole new meaning, these days… it’s a bit more on the evil side now! Hahaha :)

    PS. Can’t wait for the sew-along. Looks like a great schedule!

  3. Suzie November 26, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    LOL at Bellieshaker – I love it! I’m from Belfast but I haven’t heard of Culchie Friday so we don’t have it up here…but I recon we should – love it!!!

    Tasia – so excited for you regarding the imminent launch of your first pattern!!! And hey, you’ve timed the schedule in time for us all to wear our gorgeous new tops out for Valentines day! Did you do that on purpose? ;)
    (My boyfriend is currently in the bad books because he booked himself on a skiing trip…that is over Valentines day!!! Men – they just dont think!!! lol)

    Oh and I meant to say – I love your new banner!!!


  4. Mav November 26, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Geez, it seems to be snowing everywhere but Montreal!

  5. Ashlee November 26, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Will the pattern be available for purchase prior to starting the sew-a-long? This will be my first ever sew along, and I’m SOOO excited to make this blouse, but I’m completely clueless as to how these things work!

    And Mav – would you like me to send some of the snow Winnipeg has gotten your way? Since we’ve gotten about 2 feet in the last week, we have plenty to spare! :)

  6. Funnygrrl November 26, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    That schedule sounds perfect. I might even prepare myself to do 2 versions. I love the shell so much but also want to try the ruffles…
    Now to make sure I get all my other projects done.

  7. K-Line November 26, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    That schedule looks good. I haven’t seen what goes into all the steps – maybe we could do them a bit faster than that? But nothing stopping us from going slower or faster if our schedules allow.

  8. Debi November 26, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Tasia! It looks perfect. I am planning on doing the sew-along as well but I have yet to buy my pattern! It will be lots of fun and I can’t wait for your tutorials!

  9. Catherine November 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I will be watching the Sew Along with interest and a little envy! I am too much of a novice to try this time, but I do plan to buy the pattern in the New Year so that I can make it later on! Have a lovely weekend, hope you manage to catch up a lot and relax a little too! x

  10. lap November 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I would love to try to make one each week. I’m also especially interested in trying it in a knit!

  11. Sarah November 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    I love the sew-along schedule. Suits me just fine! :) Can you send some snow this way? I’m in Ontario and have no snow!!

  12. Jill/laughbutnotloudly November 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    The schedule looks good to me — I should probably get myself a pattern. As for Black Friday, you couldn’t pay me to get up and fight through those insane crowds or wait in those ridiculous lines. I’ve yet to find a sale that is THAT good. If I lived near the border I’d go spend the day in Canada. Besides, I’m busy feasting on my turkey leftovers on the day after Thanksgiving.

  13. Krysta November 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Looks good to me, just have to get the pattern still. Like Funnygrrl, I’ll also probably try to make two! *cackles and rubs hands together* I’ve already started trying to pick fabric for this xD

  14. Becky November 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    I like the sew-along schedule as is– I’m actually going to be taking a Pattern Review class at the same time (they just happened to have one for the exact project that was going to be my big project for the beginning of the new year), so a slower pace is perfect for me since I’ll have to be working on muslins and stuff for that as well.

    As for Black Friday, I didn’t leave my house all day. In fact, I spent a good chunk of my afternoon and evening sewing instead of shopping, and that was fine with me!

  15. Renay November 28, 2010 at 1:10 am #

    Full bust adjustment, hooray!!!

  16. Tasia November 29, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    The snow is all gone here.. just a few dirty little lumps on the side of the road. Ah well! It was lovely while it lasted.

    Black Friday – the rumors tell me it’s the biggest shopping day of the year in the USA. We kind of have it here in Canada, mostly online, or we head down across the border. In Canada, you either avoid it altogether, or are a die-hard shopper. The die-hards hit the 5am sales or stay in hotels overnight. I avoid it, I’m not a fan of crowds! Plus, you end up feeling like you must buy something, just because you went to the trouble of going to the sales.

    @Catherine: I bet you could make the blouse, especially if you follow the Sew-Along. Watch and see if you feel confident tackling it at your skill level! The ruffled version is ever-so-slightly easier than the pleated sleeve version, but both are about an intermediate or confident-beginner level.

    @Ashlee: Ashlee, the pattern shop is open now! Here’s the link and I’ll send you a quick email as well, in case you miss the comment reply…

    @Suzie: Oh no! A ski trip over Valentine’s Day, men completely forget V-day. Either on purpose or by accident, either way it’s never as important to them! Of course I timed it like that on purpose. How pretty would a red silk ruffled version be, with a slim skirt and awesome heels?

    Glad the sew-along schedule works.. it IS a teeny bit slow, but I wanted everyone to be able to sew-along even if they don’t have every evening free to sew. Love that a couple of you want to whip up two versions at once! If you make them out of similar colours, you can share threads.. Navy solid and a navy print? Cream knit and cream-printed silk? Yes yes!

  17. Kristin December 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Hey all! I think I might just join in for this sew along. I am attempting one in December (Gertie’s dress sew along) and the one from Sunni (Cupcake Goddess) in January. I am so very excited to see one for this fun-looking blouse:)

  18. Ashlee December 3, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Thanks Tasia! Just in time for a Christmas gift for myself… :) Question for you before I make the purchase though – is this pattern appropriate for someone who is NOT pear shaped at all? I’m more of a ruler, with no distinct waist line, broader shoulders and pretty much straight up and down? I love the blouse, but I want to make sure it will flatter my figure before I join in the fun!

  19. LadyT December 31, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    Hmmmm, I’ve never done a sewalong before. This might be fun! My biggest concern might be with fit of this pattern, as traditionally I am too big-breasted for “normal” sewing patterns and all the pattern adjusting that goes along with that is not always easy. What is the typical cup size your pattern is made for? B?

  20. Tasia January 4, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Hi Ashlee and LadyT! Sorry for the delayed reply on this one!
    Ashlee, if you love the style, then you can definitely wear it! It’s particularly flattering on a pear shape but anyone can wear the blouse. My sister has broader shoulders and it looks great on her, it’s mostly a matter of personal taste. It’s a loose fitting blouse so it would fit a straighter figure as well. I hope that helps!
    LadyT, the blouse is fitted for a B-cup, but it’s a loose fit. However I’ll be covering fuller-bust pattern adjustments in the sew-along, so you can see how to adapt the pattern for a curvier top half. If you’re not sure, why not watch the sewalong and see how it turns out on a bunch of different bodies, and then decide?

    Hope that helps! If you’re not sure, wait until the sew-along so you can see lots and lots of different, finished blouses and then make your mind up. :)

  21. ms. modiste January 4, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I’ve signed up but I can’t guarantee I won’t charge ahead of schedule if I have the time available! I’m way too excited to get going. We’ll see… :)


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