Thursday, 8 January 2015

Pretty flamingo

I made this in December and haven't got around to photos. Well you know, life. Sorry, not sorry.

I saw the fabric in The Fabric Store last August and knew straight away how I wanted to make it up. It was just one of those fabrics which spoke to me straight away.

After the success of my teal Pendrell, I've been meaning to make another one for some time. I originally intended to make view A as before, but then decided that was feeling lazy and really couldn't face making up that double sleeve with the pleats - as cute as it looks! View B is just too frilly for me, I'm just not into all those gathered layers, so found inspiration from this blogger when I was looking at various Pendrell images on the Interweb. That decided it, View B without the top gathered frill. It was the perfect choice.

I decided the size of my previous Pendrell was a wee bit too big. I really should go with my instincts and trust the pattern sizing. I think last time I cut halfway between the 14 and 16, then ended up taking in the side seams so they were 3/4" seam allowance. This time I cut it the same and ended up sewing 3/4" Princess seams and 5/8" side seams. I'm sure I could possibly still take it in more, or possibly just cut a straight 14. The fit is certainly better this time though.

There's not really a lot else to say, it went together really quickly, it helps having made a pattern before! The seams this time were finished on my overlocker - I love my new Baby (Lock)!

So that's about it, I'll let the photos do the talking this time!

The details...
Fabric:  Flamingo printed cotton voile from The Fabric Store, August 2014.
Notions:  Thread.
Pattern:  Sewaholic Pendrell View B
First worn:  Actually when I went on a wee jaunt to Sydney before Christmas, but worn here between Christmas and New Year, on the beach at Mt Maunganui, near Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty.

Worn with:  A RTW skirt I got from Kathmandu (an outdoor store here in NZ)
Changes made:  I left off the top frill and also shortened it by about 3/4 inches.
Another one/Recommend?  I certainly recommend the pattern, it's well drafted and quick/easy to make up. I think I will probably make another one for the reasons above and I've got some lovely Thai silk that would look fabulous as View A!


  1. its lovely! Pendrell definitely suits you!

  2. I like the sleeves on this, they seem more in proportion - great decision.

  3. it looks lovely - very summery (not sure if that is a word). The fit is much better - trust your instincts