dimanche 17 avril 2011

Finished Project: Colorful Pendrell Blouse

Finally the sun has come out this week-end, so we grabbed the camera and went outside for some shots of my new Pendrell blouse.

I'm very happy with how it turned out, even after having to tweak the sleeves a bit. Maybe this print was too busy for the view A of the pattern, which might have made the original sleeves look so overwhelming on me, so I might try it again in a plain color...

It is very comfortable to wear, and I like the length of it. I think this one is going to get a lot of wear when it gets warmer.

I've pretty much said everything about this blouse in my previous post, so I'll just digress from it for a second to talk about the jeans I'm wearing. Obviously I didn't make them, the brand name is "Paige", which I didn't know before, but I looked it up and the average price for a pair of jeans is $180!...Well turns out I found these one on the clearance rack at my local consignment store for $11.90! They have no sign of wear, and fit really well, what a score ! I actually paid more for the (extra long) leather belt I wear on the picture, found on the same day.

Ever since I started sewing for myself, I find it hard to pay a lot of money for something of poor quality, or made in China, so I look for quality stuff at cheap prices in second-hand or thrift stores, and on clearance racks. I love finding these kinds of deal - who doesn't (also scored a Banana Republic jacket, good as new, for $12.50 at Value Village a few months back). It actually makes shopping feel less like pure consumerism, and more like an adventure, a treasure quest (that's what I tell myself anyway) :P

Anyway, I really like this look, it feels very..."me"...

8 commentaires:

  1. I hear ya regarding the thrift shopping. I am a sucker for a good deal.

    Love the blouse and the material.

    As always, amazing photos too!

  2. I love these photos. I, too, can no longer buy new $$$ crap. It makes my stomach churn. I chant the same anti-consumerism mantra, but think it's really the thrill of a great deal. And, your version of this blouse is gorgeous. I am totally inspired to try it.

  3. Hey I love your version! I does feel very you -- with your clean lines. I've also had to modify the sleeves a little. The original ones look great on larger sizes, I found, but not quite right on smaller frames.

  4. Also, I would need your postal address lady! You can email it to me at adrienne.suto AT gmail I have a gift for you here, ready to be sent your way!

  5. Your pendrell is lovely and the photos fabulous!

  6. J'aime beaucoup la forme c'est un très joli modèle !!
    Bonne semaine

  7. I love the fabric on you! It looks perfect for spring :)

    And thank you so much for the Vancouver tips, everyone has been telling me to bring an umbrella because of the rain, so I will definetly heed that advice :)

    You have a beautiful blog too, I really need to start blogging my sewing things again now that I have my machine back!


  8. I love your fabric choice. This is a brilliant version of the Pendrell pattern.