Hot! The Marge Simpson Pendrell


Fabric: 1/2 yard navy satin, chartreuse silk scrap – both free

Pattern:  Sewaholic Pendrell Blouse

Year: 2012

Notions: thread

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:

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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!


Meg the Grand

Megan Grandstaff was thrown into the sewing world in 2005. Ever since that fateful day, she has been eager to increase her skills and reduce her (quite large) fabric stash.


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  1. To funny Megan. I love the combination of colors. The shirt looks great. Hail to Marge!

  2. I love this so much. And I love that you used crayon.

  3. So cute! The necklace totally cinches it as “Marge”. Well done!!

  4. I love it! Great way to get the look without it being a costume!

    (and, no surprise, like you, I was definitely tempted to go Doctor Who, but I didn’t have time to make the look I wanted for that on top of the project I had already started :-( )