Wednesday, 2 October 2013

I got the teal first, oh no you didn't...

I can't believe I last wrote on 19th August! Help! I'm still here. I've actually made three things up since I last wrote, but taking photos has been nigh on impossible. We have now moved into New Zealand Summer Time and it's light until about 7.30 in the evenings - hurrah! I might get some photos taken!

This gem of an idea was first mooted around last February. I can't even remember who saw the fabric first, it's that long ago. We had this thought amongst the WSBN to use the same fabric do a mass combined photo. On the day the mass amounted to six of us, life conspired against us and other members of our group had family priorities. Note to self: remind others to do another mass photo later in the year!

The fabric in question (if you've not seen it on other blogs) is a teal green silk/cotton with a kind of stripe through it and cost the princely sum of $10 in Global Fabrics (sorry, Fabric Warehouse).

 

I ummed and ahhed for ages over how much I might need and what I might make. In the end, I went for a Sewaholic Pendrell. This is my first Pendrell and I'm pretty pleased with the make.

The pattern went together really quickly. I cut it out on the Wednesday evening after work, started sewing Thursday evening, did nothing Friday and finished it Saturday morning. No bad, I reckon (I'm not a quick sewer.)

I cut a size 14 view A straight with no adjustments (which is possibly too big), this size related to my measurements. I even found time to cogitate over which way up to place the sleeves! The fabric was great, it behaved. The princess seams are finished off with zig-zag stitch (I have no overlocker), but I actually made the effort to finish the side seams with French seams.

Photo courtesy of the lovely Sarah Wheaton

It was a windy day, my hair went everywhere and the sleeve kept blowing up!
(Photo courtesy of Sarah)

It's perhaps not that obvious in these photos, but I personally feel the blouse is too big and roomy. It's designed to be worn this way, since it's made without fastenings and can just be pulled over the head, but personally for me, I like something a bit more fitted. I do love the shape though, the princess seams and a great shape and the fit elsewhere is great. I'm tempted to make it again, but cut a size smaller inserting a zip in the side seam.

So the details...
Fabric:  Silk/cotton mix in teal green from The Fabric Store, $10/metre (bargain)
Notions:   Thread - this blouse has no interfacing, etc.
Pattern:  Sewaholic Pendrel
First worn:  For the WSBN what's the deal with teal (erm... fight!) about two weeks ago.
Worn with:  An RTW denim skirt from Wallis in the UK, Overland boots and teal green tights from M&S (UK)
Changes made:  None!
Another one?  Very tempted. I love the shape and even if this is a wee bit big, I actually really like it. I've worn it twice already. It'll be great if we get a really hot day, as it's cool and the colour makes me feel refreshed.

As for the day, well I got a bit annoyed with the fact that others had used the same fabric as me (how dare they?) I'm sure I got the teal first and made it up first... Call me your friend?

 (Photo courtesy of Sarah)

(Photo courtesy of Sarah)

(Photo courtesy of Sarah)

Then we let bygones be bygones and decided to be friends...

(Photo courtesy of Sarah)

(Photo courtesy of Sarah)

And what are a bunch of girls supposed to do when there's a children's playground with a crow's nest? Go up it of course and pretend to be in the film Titanic :-)

(Photo courtesy of Sarah)

Mama Gypsy also came along in a fab vintage dress she'd made in a different teal fabric.


Oh and did I mention the weather? The day did not dawn great, the day before had been awful, but this is how it turned out when we took our photos down at Island Bay here in Wellington. I even got the chance to skim stones in the waves! Oh I do love to be beside the seaside...


12 comments:

  1. Psssst... I had the fabric first, and I have bloggy proof from Kat! But I'm glad we all did this - I vote we all get toghether another time and run around the central city in out teal to really give everyone a fright! Loved your pendrel, it looks like such a pretty pattern.

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    1. Hurrumph! It was definitely fun to do though.

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    2. Actually, said blog is evidence that I bought MINE before the challenge, maybe even before you! So let's not get cocky... ;)

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  2. I LOVE the photos from this day - I'm so sad I wasn't there. Your pendrel is great, its on my list of "to make" patterns for sure.

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    1. We missed you! A pendrell is recommended. It's so quick to put together too.

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  3. Your Pendrel looks great. I think I need to make mine sooner rather than later. I love the sleeves.

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    1. Oh yes, you'll whip one up in no time.

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  4. Looks like a beautiful day! Your pendrel top looks very pretty. Doesn't look too big to me in the pics. I love all you gals in the same fabric , terrific idea!!!

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    1. Oh thanks. I think the wind was blowing the blouse against me. It's great for a hot day this size, but I would like to try it more fitted. We really enjoyed all dressing up alike!

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  5. Look how great everyone looks! I love this fabric as the Pendrell, it looks good on you too but I agree I like tops more fitted so I vote for adding a zipper next time :)

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    1. Yep, I love the pattern, so definitely up for a smaller size with a zipper.

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  6. Your Pendrell is lovely! I'd also like to see a more fitted version on you but I think this is great just as it is.

    And this post is hilarious!

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