Pendrell Sew-Along #17: My Finished Teal Blouse

Finally, I have photos of my finished Pendrell Blouse from the Sew-Along! One of the blouses I made was View A with the draped sleeves, in teal polyester print. Here it is, worn with my Beignet skirt:

Coldest photo shoot EVER. (See how I’m jamming my hands into my pockets, and smiling hesitantly?) It was supposed to get up to -20 degrees last night with the wind chill! Yikes. I’ve tried a few times to get photos of this blouse done, ever since it was finished. These shots I took in about ten minutes yesterday. That’s about as long as I could stand the cold!

Here’s the back view of the blouse. Love the princess lines and how nicely they hang down the back. The pleated sleeves really do balance out wider hips by drawing the eye upward!

You can tell by the different outfits how many times I’ve tried to get outdoor photos of the blouse! Pants, skirts, and skirt-with-tights. Looking forward to warmer temperatures, for sure!

I know I’ve said before that polyester is not my favourite fabric. In either hot weather or cold weather, it’s not ideal. There are perks though! It’s nice to be able to toss a polyester blouse into the washer and have it come out mostly dry. Plus, it’s nearly indestructable!

Other good news? I turned in my business plan for school yesterday, completed on time! (Early in fact, I didn’t want anything to go wrong.) After the business plan is reviewed, I move on to Phase 2, hopefully. But before I can move on, I have to present my business plan to a group of people! Strangers, in fact. I don’t know about you but public speaking is not my forte. Writing, I can do! There’s time to edit, to re-word, and to catch my foot before it gets into my mouth. I’m hoping that my passion and excitement for what I do will carry me through, before the nervousness gets to me!

One last note about the Pendrell Blouse: this is the exact fabric I’m giving away, along with pattern and thread! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win. You can make the ruffled version or the sleeveless versions if you prefer, or you could make the exact blouse pictured!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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39 Responses to Pendrell Sew-Along #17: My Finished Teal Blouse

  1. Mia February 25, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Great job on your business plan! Pendrell + Beignet = Fabulous!

  2. Cennetta February 25, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    Cute blouse. Perfect match with the skirt and slacks.

  3. Ginnie February 25, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Looks lovely… with ALL your fabric choices! :)

  4. CGCouture February 25, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Congrats on getting your business plan done early, that’s awesome! I can relate to the fear of public speaking, but I’ve found it helps if you rehearse it for your Mister a couple of times so that he can critique it. It may sound weird, but go somewhere else besides your house to do it–like his office at work or something. It’s harder to feel like it’s realistic when he’s flopped on the couch and the cat is rubbing on your leg. ;-) The blouse is so pretty, did you make the pants pictured with it? If so, what pattern is it?

  5. Ashley February 25, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Very nice,the Pendrill Blouse looks great with everything! I love how it looks with a busy-patterned fabric. It really does have a very flattering shape.

    I actually picked out a similar color for the beignet I’m making for Colette Pattern’s Spring Challenge. I’m very excited about it after seeing how well yours turned out.

  6. lizajane February 25, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Looks great and those are fabulous shoes!

  7. Lauren February 25, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    how cute is that blouse with that skirt and those red shoes!! love it!!

  8. Ashlee February 25, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    LOVE those shoes – are they red, or coral? Can’t tell on my browser. Also – your waist is SO tiny! Lucky girl :)

  9. Kristie February 25, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Oooh my favorite outfit is the blue belt and red shoes. Soo cute!

  10. sula February 25, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Just lovely!

  11. Portia February 25, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Tasia, the last set of photos with the blue belt and red shoes…those colours just MAKE the whole outfit POP! Love it!

  12. Mav February 25, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Fantastic! I LOVE the pleated sleeves!

  13. Funnygrrl February 25, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Very nice. Version A is my favorite.
    Congrats on the business plan. Did it include: Take over the world?! :) I’d love to see a sewist running the world.

  14. Sarah February 25, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I’m sure your presentation will go great! Just remember to breathe.

  15. Tasha February 25, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    You look great in it (and it looks great on you)! No one would know you were freezing your noobies off in the pictures. ;)

  16. Clare February 25, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    That print is so lovely and I love the outfit with the red shoes. You do look freezing in that top pic! Congratulations with business plan – I’m sure you’ll be fine with the presentation as you’re passionate about the topic.

  17. LindsayBobindsay February 25, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I too love the last outfit, with the little pops of color. It inspires me to add some color to my shoes/belt/bag wardrobe!

    I love pieces like your top because the fabric you chose can really go with any color, it seems. Nice choice!

  18. Dei February 25, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    You look smashing! The skirt is TDF. And best wishes on Phase II and the presentation. You’ll do well because you love what your doing and you are well informed.

  19. Brumby February 25, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I too hate (read:fear) public speaking. Ironically I had signed up for a Toastmasters taster class that I was supposed to go to on Wednesday. The building it is hosted in is smack bang in the middle of the area worst effected by the earthquake! Blouse looks fabulous, oh how many different colours of shoes one could wear (or use as an excuse to buy) with that fabric!

  20. Tasia February 25, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Thanks everyone – for the compliments and for the reassurance on my presentation! :)

    I didn’t make the pants – they’re my one pair of dress pants that mostly fit, as I find it so hard to buy pants! They’re lined wool pants from the Gap over ten years ago. I bought then when I worked at a job that made me wear all-black from head to toe – they’re a slight rebellion as they’re charcoal grey!

    My business plan did not include taking over the world – I had it edited by real business people and they took out the phrase ‘world sewing domination’. Just kidding!

    Shoes are red suede-like fabric (but definitely not suede as they were under $30 at H&M!) Red shoes are surprisingly versatile – who knew?!

  21. Krust February 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Oh my goodness! It’s sooo pretty! I love the fabric you chose.I need to get myself one of these patterns…

  22. Sewingdina February 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Wow I love this version. I was wondering what this fabric would like like sewn up and you haven’t disappointed. You have a good vision as to what will look good. I love your beignet skirt. I might just have to make one of them as well! I hate public speaking as well but as you say this is something you are passionate about and you know already that you are doing something that people want to buy. This will make it a lot easier.

  23. Misty February 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    I also have to chime in on the red shoes — they look great!

    I have to speak in front of strangers almost every day at work. If you’re putting together a slide show, it really helps to focus on the one message you want each slide to convey and to think about what transition will take you from one slide to the next. Practicing the whole thing with a stop watch really helps, especially if you have a time limit. And I find that I might have a hard time getting started, but once I get started talking it’s easy to keep going, so I will memorize the first three sentences or so. This can help so that you don’t get the deer-in-headlights look right when you have to start talking. You can also stall a bit to warm up your voice and get going by introducing yourself and saying a bit about who you are (if it’s appropriate to the situation). Who doesn’t like to talk about themselves, after all? If you can get Mr Sewaholic to be a practice audience member, tell him to ask questions when things are unclear. It’s amazing how often we think we’re perfectly clear and yet no one else understands us.

    Ok, enough advice. You’ll do great, and being super-prepared will shine through to your audience! :)

  24. Rosemary Griffin February 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    I just discovered your blog today. I am a sewer from Vancouver as well. I like the Pendrell blouse+ and the fabric you chose. It is a cold photo shoot on a day like today.

  25. petite josette February 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Lovely, this version with the ruffled sleeves lookgs relly great, and I love your Beignet skirt as well, it makes me want to try that one out as well.

  26. The Slapdash Sewist February 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    So adorable! I can’t believe you brave you are with the cold. I have a dress finished except for the hem and I won’t do it because it is too cold *in my bedroom* to put it on. I can’t imagine going outside in it!

  27. Tasia February 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    @The Slapdash Sewist: Oh thanks! It’s not so much brave as it is ‘I really need to get photos of this done so I can move on!’ Plus, it’s been rainy, which is even worse. I’ll take sunny and freezing over rain. Rain equals frizzy hair and drippy bangs stuck to my forehead! I literally put the tripod on my tailgate, took five or six photos, and jumped back in the car to blast the heat and heated seats. I knew it would be absolutely freezing! I don’t blame you for not wanting to model dresses indoors, it’s freezing inside here too. So it appears I have a while to wait until spring :)

  28. Tasia February 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    @Misty: Thanks for all the advice! I’m so embarrased to even practice. I remember practicing with Mr Sewaholic for leaving cheerful, professional voice messages when I was job hunting, and it was sooo hard to do. We practiced with me phoning him and leaving him pretend messages. Embarassing! Which is strange, because I have no problem talking regularly. So I’ll just pretend these people are pumped about Sewaholic Patterns and want me to tell them all about it. Which isn’t too much of a stretch! Ooh, I don’t think I have a time limit, but we’ll see! There’s a class on preparing for the presentation, and I’m sure they will give us lots of guidance. Thanks so much for the helpful tips!

  29. Tasia February 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    @Rosemary Griffin: Hello, fellow Vancouverite! You’re right it’s freezing, just freezing! I know we shouldn’t complain as it’s much better than rain.. but it’s just so cold! I’m even cold inside my house right now. Wearing a blanket over my sweater at my laptop here :)

  30. Lou February 26, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    Gorgeous – as far as I’m concerned paisley is always and will always be in style. What a fab pairing!

  31. gina February 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Mrs. Sewaholic, You are just too cute! I love all your clothes you make. I really like that skirt. You are just talented girl!

  32. Gail February 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Tasia, the pendrell blouse is fantastic and I know you are making a living from the pattern, but can’t we see something else? Your dresses and skirts were always such a delight.

  33. Jo February 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Well, I disagree with Gail, I can’t get enough of seeing all the different pendrell blouses. It’s great to see what versatility can be had with just one pattern! Also I can’t wait to see the lace one :)

  34. Audie February 28, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    For your presentation here are three things to remember:

    1) Wear a jacket or a dark shirt – that way when you get nervous and sweat no one will see (I have a huge problem with that)
    2) Smile – it’s amazing how much a smile can put both you and your audience at ease
    3) Remeber that you’ve already made it! The Pendrell blouse looks great and I’ve only heard great things about the pattern and instructions. Plus your new pattern looks great and I’m sure that it will be an even bigger success. Remeber that and the self confidence will shine through, and that can make a HUGE difference in any presentation.

    Good Luck!!!

  35. Tasia March 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    @Audie: Thanks for the tips! #2 is so important, today’s school class was all about presentation skills, and it really makes a difference when the person talking is smiling! I will smile. And think happy thoughts. About the presentation being over – just kidding! :) Very good point about the dark skirt or jacket – i’m going to wear my rose-print Pendrell blouse, the dark navy will hide any nervousness! Thank you! :)

  36. Mary June 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Tasia, I love the Pendrell. However, I had some excess bagginess across my back. I’m wondering if the solution would be to take away from the center back on the fold line. But then, will that effect the front? Or is the solution to take it in along the princess seams? Oh gosh I don’t know. Anyways, all the blouses that everyone has made look lovely!

  37. Tasia June 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    @Mary: Thanks and I’m so glad you love the Pendrell! I would suggest taking it in along the back princess seams, that way the neckline isn’t affected and you can take them in a little at a time, to get the right fit. Just make sure to take it in evenly from both seams! Hope this helps :)

  38. Mary June 8, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    yes, thank you so much!


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