Last weekend I had a wonderful three days off full of fun with friends, relaxation, and great sports watching! In addition, I took advantage of my extra day off to really get started on the Pendrell Blouse!
I can’t believe I haven’t had time to post about this before Friday, but so it goes – I’m still a new blogger figuring out how to do all this 🙂
Partly since the Pendrell pattern is designed for “pear shape” ladies but I am in fact more of an hour glass, and partly because I thought it would be good to try something I haven’t done much before, I decided to muslin, or practice sew, this blouse.
Despite the good advice of the pattern designer, Sewaholic, I muslin’ed in actual muslin, which is quite stiff, even though the pattern calls for a fabric with drape. In the future I’ll try to find a fabric more similar to the fashion fabric for muslin’ing.
Anyway, I decided to fully make the muslin of the Pendrell blouse because, long story short’ish: the only other time I have ever found myself muslin’ing I screwed up pretty bad because in trying to just do a quick fit check on the bodice, I skipped some steps that resulted in a totally inaccurate muslin’ly mess. Plus I figured I could always dye the fully made, muslin Pendrell and wear it for real, right?!
I found the pattern pretty easy to follow (which is impressive given the vagaries of many patterns). Based on my measurements I cut a 16 in the bust, a 14 in the waist, and a 12 in the hip. The only issue I had with assembly of the blouse was that the pattern says to cut two collar neck seam bindings, but somehow I only used one and everything seems to look normal!? I might have missed something since it’s somewhat hard to tell which side is the right side of muslin…and I’m pretty talented at making sewing mistakes while distracted.
Here are a couple views of the finished muslin:
Overall I’m pretty happy with this!
The only fit issue is some extra material between the princess seams and the armhole, just below the ruffle. To try to address this I sewed a 1 inch seam allowance (instead of 5/8) for the two inches of side seam just below the armhole, but, as you can possibly see in these pics, there still seems to be some excess fabric in that area. In addition to the armhole excess, I think the princess seams fall a bit wide on me. So, I’m planning to cut the front and center back as a size 14 and then cut the front and center sides 1/2 way between 14 and 16, and I’m hoping that will address the issue. But if anyone has any suggestions on better ways to deal with this, please let me know!
Overall, I’m really excited about this blouse, it’s very fun and adorable. Here is a better view of the fabric I’m using for the real thing.
It’s a cotton lawn and it’s semi-sheer so I will be underlining it with white cotton batiste. I just realized today that I will probably need to consider matching the pattern…crazy!
Hopefully I’ll get started on the real Pendrell this weekend and I promise I’ll try to stop incorporating the word muslin in different parts of speech!