Pendrell, Make It Work!

I finally cut the fabric for my Pendrell top, and I've been catching up on all the Pendrell Sew-Along posts and comments. Wow! Tasia's very thorough in her tutorials and she responds to everyone who had a question.

I think the reason I didn't start sooner is I was planning on preserving the original pattern by tracing it onto some other paper. But I imagined it would be painful and time consuming, so I put it off and consequently put off making the blouse.

Last night, I gave up on the idea and decided to cut the tissue to my size. I made all the alterations on the tissue - shortened the length and reduced the hip size. I had to press my wrinkled fabric and pull it out of its off grain-ness. For the first time, I made sure the grain line was perfectly aligned with the folded edge. The grid and diagonal lines really helped me with the bias strips. For the first time, I cut around my pattern size and cut the tissue with my fabric. But I messed up the cutting step.

It's very disheartening that after spending two hours being so meticulous with the fabric and the layout, I ended up with jagged fabric edges. I know I should be as precise as possible with everything in sewing. But how do I know when it's even enough, on grain enough, smooth enough? How do I know when I should stay up another hour fixing the seemingly unfixable? How do I know when it's time to give up on a project?

I've made some disappointing garments, taken a few shortcuts and made a lot of mistakes, but somehow my friends (all my friends are non-sewing) were still awed by the results of my labour. But I can't help but judge my work based on the standards of people who actually sew. And goodness, the quality of work on sewing blogs is amazingly high. Even the beginners!

I know practice makes perfect, or at least 10,000 hours of sewing will make me an expert. I just needed a gripe. I will make the Pendrell blouse, jagged edges and all. Just another one of my many make it work moments.


  1. I know you wrote this a year ago, so maybe you've sorted out all of your frustrations already... but do you have the option of springing for a large cutting mat? They are expensive, but they make everything SO easy!

  2. Thanks, Gillian! I did spring for a large cutting mat when I was making my wedding dress. And it does make everything easy!



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