The Marge Simpson Pendrell
Fabric: 1/2 yard navy satin, chartreuse silk scrap – both free
Pattern: Sewaholic Pendrell Blouse
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: June 14, 2012
Wear again: Definitely!
Total Price: $0
Friends, let’s not kid ourselves: there is only one woman on the planet who can rock the exact same outfit for 23 years and have it still be in style:
The practical, colorful flats. The strapless sheath dress in a lovely shade of green. The coral beaded necklace that goes with everything. And that hair! Who doesn’t love blue beehives?
When I first saw this challenge, I was overwhelmed by the number of TV characters that I would love to emulate in my closet. I then decided to check out my fabric stash to see what was available. I definitely had enough fabric to make a cropped Amy Pond jacket, but it’s summer here in Chicago and I just don’t want to touch anything that’s going to make me warmer than I already am. I stumbled on these two larger scraps of chartreuse silk and navy satin. There was not enough of either to make a complete top, but together, they could be something special. Chartreuse and blue – where have I seen that combo before?? And boom – the Marge Simpson Pendrell was born.
Sadly, there was not enough fabric left over to make sleeves – I think the top would look much better if these were added, but if I get desperate, I can throw on a tan jacket for the office. Overall, I love how it came together – though I am curious if this counts as color blocking? Am I actually on trend here? Because that would be a first for me.
The pattern is a breeze, of course. I am in love with all of the Sewaholic patterns – they fit so well, I only need to make a few adjustments, and the instructions are easy to follow. I used French seams the whole way around so all of the pesky fraying issues were solved early on. The only issue I had with this blouse was ironing. Did you know that you should not iron over fray check? It turns plastic-y. That’s what I get for not looking where I was cutting and cutting a hole in the back side panel when trimming seam allowances. Luckily it’s hidden under my arm, and I managed to interface the hole closed. Did you also know that you can color white interfacing with blue Crayola markers? I made lots of mistakes in a 1″ space but it turned okay in the end … I think. I haven’t washed this yet and that might be an interesting adventure.
In order to channel my inner Marge, I added a plastic necklace that I picked up at an Antique Fair years ago. Very Springfield chic, I think :)
Have a great weekend all!