Pattern Club Review - Pendrell Blouse from Sewaholic Patterns

Blog / 12 January 2015

This week, as part of our pattern club series, Rachael is going to give you all the details of her experience of making the Sewaholic Patterns Pendrell Blouse

Take it away Rach....

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  • Pendrell Blouse from Sewaholic Patterns
  • Price £13.50
  • Size range offered - US 0-16, approx UK 4-20
  • Style Semi-fitted pullover blouse with princess seams with either a pleated or ruffle sleeve variation. I made version B that has the ruffle sleeve.
  • What type of figure or body shape is it suitable for? The pattern is designed for a pear shaped figure. The ruffle style sleeve adds shape to the top so to balance a large hip.
  • What types of fabrics are suitable? Chiffon, georgette, charmeuse, challis, crepe de chine, light weight crepe, light weight jersey knits – pretty much anything that has drape.

What fabric did you choose and why?
I choose this 100% cotton lawn as it was lightweight and I loved the vibrant teal colour and spots. (Find it online in this link). 

How easy was it to trace the pattern?
It was ok; the tissue is super lightweight so you just have to be careful with it.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Did the difficulty level on the pattern match what you think it should be?
They were easy to follow. I thought they were clear and precise. The difficulty level is intermediate and so people who understand the techniques in constructing a simple top would be able to follow it very easily.

Were the illustrations/pictures easy to interpret?
Yes, there are very simple with clean lines.

What challenges or difficulties did you find when putting it together?
The only bit I found tricky was the binding around the armhole. The bulk of the top and ruffle was a bit fiddly. I should have trimmed it a bit.

Does the difficulty level on the pattern represent how difficult it was to make up?
Yeh I would say so. There may be a few tricky bits for a beginner but a great pattern to try to get to the next level.

What tips would you recommend to make construction easier?
Trim the bulk around the arm ruffle before putting on the binding.

How did you find the fit? Was it true to size?
It is quite roomy but I think the fit is lovely and true to a pullover top made for the curvy lady.

What adjustments did you make?

Is there anything you would change if making it again?
Trim the bulk as I mentioned before.

I would also attach the outer sleeve ruffle a little lower so that it doesn’t stick out as much.

What advice would you give to customers when choosing a size?
Don’t be worried about the fit as its not designed to be slim fitting and tight anyway. Go with the size you would normally make based on your measurements and its really easy to take it in slightly at the sides of needed.

Are you happy with the finished garment?
Yes, very pleased, I think it will get a lot of wear. It comes up quite long for a top but I like that, makes it easy to tuck in and less likely to pop out when you reach up for something

How long did it take to make?
Maybe about 3 hours.

How much fabric did you use? Did this match up with what was recommended on the pattern?
Yes, spot on, 1.8m as per the pattern recommendation. 

Any other comments

Awesome! I think it looks great on her! It's so lovely to see things made up in real life - they really can end up looking so different from the technical drawings on the pattern packets!