Friday, July 15, 2011

SESA: Pendrell goes 30s

I finally got to try out Casey's tutorial for a scalloped collar on the Pendrell blouse. And it looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

Fabric: ~2 yds of quilting cotton reproduction 1840-1860s print ($1.99 /yd)
Pattern: Sewaholic Pendrell view c with 30s style scallop collar (Casey's tutorial based on a picture from this book)
Year: contemporary + 30s inspiration
Notions: button (from stash)
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yup, I want to make a self fabric belt but I'm looking for the perfect belt buckle on esty

Total Cost: ~ $4

This tutorial wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I'd never done scallops before! I think the key is to be as accurate as possible while sewing and to press and fidget and press again with your scallops so they look pretty.

Shorts: Banana Republic
Top: me made!
Hat: Forever 21 (seriously, the have good, cheap retro style hats! I have three from there!)

I still have not gotten tired of this pattern! I really want to do a 40s style with poofy sleeves, a peter pan collar and a pelpum! So be on the look out for more Pendrells!


  1. Cute!!! It would look awesome as a dress!

  2. I love it. That fabric is so beautiful and what a good deal!! if you're looking for some great vintage buckles, check out Ruby Lane.

  3. p.s. I'm loving your font on your sidebar! Is that new or did it just take me a long time to notice? :P

  4. It's really lovely, you've done a great job and the fabric and button are perfect! x

  5. Lovely! Such a pretty blouse!


    *ahem* Excuse my excitement. I love your blouse so much!! (Can I steal it?! hehe!) I'm so glad the tutorial worked for you. You're right though--scallops are fidgety little things that take an awful lot of pressing. I've pretty much decided I want to eventually get myself a pressing glove because I've burnt my fingers so many times this year from all the scallops I've been sewing. hehe.

    Thanks so much for sharing this on my FB page too! :)

  7. Your hat is so darling! <3 I love the divine bow detailing!

    Lost in the Haze