Pendrell Sew-Along: My Fabric Picks

Thanks for all the awesome comments on yesterday’s Pendrell Blouse post. It’s so fun sharing your creations, and Jane‘s right, I do feel like a proud parent seeing my blouse pattern made up successfully! (Like I’d imagine a parent would feel anyways, as I don’t have any kids. You know what we mean!)

I have more Sew-Along preparation posts coming this week, so stay tuned! In the meantime you might be wondering what fabric I’ll be using myself. Well, here are my picks! I will be sewing both View A and View B during the sew-along so you can see step-by-step photos of both views. It’s a great excuse to make two more Pendrells!

Here’s my pick for View A, the pleated-sleeve version:

It’s a polyester charmeuse print, very shiny and very drapey. I just love the colours of the print, enough to overlook the fact that it’s polyester which I usually avoid. However, I even like the Pendrell Blouse in polyester – my rose-print version is a polyester. The sleeves are draped over the shoulder, and the armhole is left open, which reduces the sweat-factor that often happens with polyester blouses. And the great part? It’s easy to wash! No fear of ruining delicate blouses in the laundry.

Here’s my pick for View B, the ruffled version:

The photo doesn’t do it justice – this fabric is luscious! It’s a creamy ivory silk satin, beautifully soft and equally drapey. I picture this being the blouse I reach for. It will go with denim, with tweed, with printed skirts, with trousers. It’s a luxurious neutral! I’ll be handling this fabric with care, making sure not to get it dirty while sewing.

Have you picked your fabric yet? Which version are you making? I’m betting most people will make the ruffled one but I could be wrong! Is anyone making View C, the sleeveless one? I’m so excited to see your fabric choices too!

That’s it for me, for now. More tomorrow!

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25 Responses to Pendrell Sew-Along: My Fabric Picks

  1. Rachel January 5, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    I plan to make view A… but I have no idea what fabric… I should probably get on that!

  2. G January 5, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    My fabric is being washed as I type this. I’ll have to go for view B because I picked a stable knit that wouldn’t drape well on view A. I probably won’t be sewing along though, I’m too impatient so I might have this done by the end of the week. Just traced it yesterday and will be doing an FBA tonight or tomorrow. I’ll make sure to show you the result!

  3. Mary January 5, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    Beautiful fabric choices Tasia! I plan to make view B, but I may pull out something to whip up view C as well. I know I will be making a few of the sleeveless ones for summer!

  4. Jennifer January 5, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I am actually making view C! I started it last night even though the sew-along hasn’t officially started yet since I plan to make 3 blouses (one of each view). I have a really busy vintage print I got on ebay. I have never matched a pattern before, but I have really been wanting to try. I got my nerve up last night to cut my gorgeous fabric and try it. I used your tutorial and it worked out really well! I matched the front and back, but didn’t really worry about the sides, but now I kinda wished I had. Oh well, it isn’t like a chevron or anything so I think it will be fine since it is SO busy (dots, colors, zig-zags, etc.) I am also going to do a silk organza neck (and maybe armhole) treatment.

  5. Jenna January 5, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Great choices!! I’m planning on sewing up the ruffled version in a black silk/cotton blend from Hart’s Fabrics. I hemmed & hawed over what type of fabric & then colors before I settled on solid black. I figure it will be the most versatile

  6. Kate January 5, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    I’ve finally decided to join the pendrell sew-along- my first! I’m excited and now pondering fabric choices. I’m drawn to the cotton voile & lawns but I’ve never worked with them before and they seem to be described as semi-sheer which might be a problem for this blouse since there does not seem to be a lining? Or maybe I’m missing something! Thanks for all your posts – I’ve enjoyed reading your blog!

  7. Jane January 5, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Hi Tasia, I’m doing view B and as I loved Andrea’s version so much, I’m planning on omitting the seam ruffle and adding a little neck bow like she did. I’ve got some Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush voile for my fabric. CAN’T WAIT! x

  8. Liz January 5, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I’m not sure which view I’ll be making yet, but I was going to make it in a cotton voile. But now after seeing your cream silky version, I’m questioning my fabric choice. I may just have to make 2 of them also. :)

    Is this shirt underlined or have a lining in it? I don’t want my undergarments to show through the fabric since I’ll be wearing it at work.

  9. ms. modiste January 5, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I bought my fabric yesterday! I went with a rich burgundy silk charmeuse. I’m so excited (and a tiny bit terrified… :D)

    I do have a question – is the blouse easy to slip on? I know this sounds like a silly worry, but I have a pretty big head (don’t laugh, I’m serious!) and that head-hole looks pretty tiny… :)

  10. Clare January 5, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    How exciting to see Pendrells made up already! I don’t normally go for polyester but I wouldn’t have been able to resist the print you chose.

  11. Helen January 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I’m making view B. I’ve got a dusty pink silk georgette and a black and copper knit to choose from :) I’d like to make the georgette but I need to get a fabric for underlining before I can use it.

    Will there be a flickr group for photos?

  12. Sarah January 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Stunning! I know I’m going to make a Pendrell in knit, but I think I’ll need to make one in silk, too. Lovely!

  13. The Sew Convert January 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    I’m keen to sew both views A and B. I’ve chosen a colorful chiffon for B and still undecided for A. Maybe I’ll go with a knit fabric :) Can’t wait to get started!

  14. Misty January 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I’m going to make view C! I have a navy polyester charmeuse with white polka dots. I’m pretty sure I’ll make another version as well, but haven’t decided on any details for it yet.

  15. Becky January 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    I think I’m going to be going for B without the extra sleeve ruffle, just to simplify it for a layering piece. And I’m thinking a poly charmeuse myself, since I have a piece with some vaguely floral blue and green print in my stash that seems like it could be a good match. (I’m all about the stashbusting this year!)

    Just out of curiosity, are you going to go over the FBA adjustment at all? I was looking at the sizes last night, and while the waist to hip ratio of one of the sizes are pretty much perfectly my measurements (which NEVER happens), I definitely need to add some room in the chest! I can try to figure out the adjustment from fitting books if necessary, but just wanted to check first.

  16. Barbie January 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    I was planning to make view C as that’s what I most need in my wardrobe. However, I fell in love with a fabric that’s going to work much better with one of the other views. So now I have to decide between A and B.

  17. Rachel January 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I plan on making view C – it looks like a great blouse to wear under a suit jacket. Fabric is yet TBD… I absolutely love the ivory silk satin you chose!

  18. Lauren January 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I’ve a very similar colour fabric to your B version, but I’ll be making A and mine is a silk crepe de chine. 4 sleeps to go!

    I have a few questions:
    will we be making a muslin? I have a heap of gingham around, could I use this before hacking into my precious crepe?
    Also, your patterns are for pear shape girls, I’m anything but. My hips are often the smallest size for measurements.
    Will you be providing advice on how to adjust patterns to fit different body shapes?


  19. Amanda January 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Ooo, yes, I have the same question as Lauren as far as adjusting to fit different shapes. I recently figured out I’m a banana/rectangle shape (side note: why are banana and rectangle used to describe the same shape?!?). I’ve been reading that bananas should define the shoulders (like pears!) and waists, so the ruffle version will be great! I’m thinking I will have to bring in the side seams, definitely at the lower part, but I don’t want to ruin the design. Anyway, it’ll be an experiment :) I think it’s great that you design for pears since they aren’t really represented in the pattern world…that must be annoying.

    Oh, and I have a silk/rayon floral print for the sew-along!

  20. Rachel January 5, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    I love the cream fabric. I’m definitely making Pendrell post-pregnancy!!

  21. Astrid January 6, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    I have my fabric and I am really excited about this sew-along, my first!

    But I have a couple of questions… First I am wondering the same thing as Lauren about the muslin. I have a cotton fabric I plan to use for a muslin, and was thinking about making this into a sleeveless version as a wearable muslin. Then I want to make the A version in a slik fabric (which I am a bit scared of starting to sew with). And that leads me to the second question – how do you prepare you silk satin before cutting it (do you wash it or have it dry-cleaned or do something else?)

    Thanks for organizing this – I think it will be a lot of fun! And hope you don’t mind some questions from a beginner as we start working – I have not been able to find any sewing courses around here so this is my chance to ask some silly questions ;-)

  22. Tasia January 7, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    @Astrid: Hi Astrid! For my silk satin, I’m not going to wash it or have it drycleaned. I’m going to sew with it unwashed, and dry-clean the finished blouse.

    You can try hand-washing a tiny piece and see how it turns out. Silk may get softer, more wrinkled and less shiny after it’s washed, so you might not like how it looks! Or you might love it, and then you will be able to wash the finished garment.

    Or, don’t wash it at all, and know you’ll have to dry clean your blouse. The good thing about this style is there are no sleeves, so it won’t need washing quite as often. The ruffle and the pleated sleeve sit on top of the shoulder but don’t go under the arm.

    I hope this helps! I’ll cover pre-washing again next week for everyone’s benefit.

  23. Samantha January 8, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    Ok, so I think I have just fallen in love with those fabrics. Sam xox

  24. Andrea January 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I LOVE those fabrics. Where did you get them?

  25. Tasia January 12, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    @Andrea: Hi Andrea! I’ve had the teal print in my stash for a long time so I’m not sure you’ll be able to find it! The silk you could find at Fabricana locally, it’s very similar to silk charmeuse which is fairly easy to find.
    This cream charmeuse from Gorgeous Fabrics would give you the same effect:
    Or try searching your favourite local or online store for silk charmeuse. Hope that helps! I tend to have fabrics in my collection for a while, so by the time I get to sewing them up they’re impossible to buy…