The NHS Direct Top

For our non-UK readers, NHS Direct is a 24-hour telephone health information service.

Blog reader: Hello? NHS Direct? I’d like some help with a case of severe OCD.

NHS Direct: Okay, can you tell me how this is manifesting itself? What are you feeling compelled to do?

Blog reader: Oh, it’s not me. It’s this other woman.

NHS Direct: I understand. It must be a very difficult time for you. Is she family or a friend?

Blog reader: Neither. I’ve never met her before in my life. I read her blog and she keeps sewing these tops. It’s really scaring me now. She can’t seem to stop.

NHS Direct: Long pause. So you’re calling us about a blog? You do know that the coalition government is scrapping us, don’t you? I’m not sure this is the best use of our resources. Could you get off the phone, please?

Blog reader: But you don’t understand! I’m really worried about her. She’s made three of them now and I just want her to move on with her life.

Okay, I can take a hint! I’ll stop making these for myself* now. Just one last thing to say: this is my favourite version. I made it with vintage 60s fabric I bought during my weekend at Hay on Wye. Which means that every single time I wear this top I’ll remember happy times. The fit is the best of the three makes – it even goes over jeans.

*Did you see what I did there? I said I’d stop making these for myself. (And, let’s face it, that’s a lie.) But on my recent visit home, I virtually twisted my sister’s arm up her back and bullied her into allowing me to make a version of Sewaholic‘s Pendrell blouse for her. Brough-ha-ha!

I do promise not to blog about it. Maybe.


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25 Responses to The NHS Direct Top

  1. MacDoodle says:

    Your blog is a tonic 🙂

  2. Bold Sewist says:

    Tee hee! How long will the resolution last? and it seems the breaking is already planned!
    Who cares? they are all gorgeous – the fit on this is great, looks fab over the jeans too – just lovely! and I love the nail polish / flowers combo!

  3. Adrienne says:

    lol. Love it!! Why is the fit of this last one the best? Did you make some adjustments or was it the fabric?

    • I tweaked my narrow upper chest adjustment and added more ease to the bust, but I think this fabric performed much better also. That’s the fascinating thing about sewing – you can make the same blouse in ten different fabrics and you’ll have ten different outcomes.

  4. Kirsty says:

    Hey if it ain’t broke! Your blouses are lovely but this last one is truly fabulous, that fabric is ace.

    Love your blog btw!

  5. Jane says:

    You look lovely in that photo. This is by far my favourite Pendrell of the three – absolutely gorgeous. But back to more serious matters, I’m afraid you do have a problem, get thee to a physician at once! x

  6. Eleanora says:

    Don’t stop making them! They look fabulous!

  7. KristenMakes says:

    I’ve made three Pendrells and am planning my 4th! I’m addicted too!

  8. Katie says:

    Love!! This is definitely my favorite. Sewaholic should put you on the pattern!

  9. Alessa says:

    Oh, it’s a lovely version! And you know you can never have enough cute blouses… 😉

  10. Marie says:

    Haha, I love your NHS Direct ‘sketch’! Very funny indeed, but I say don’t stop with the Pendrells…they look so good and each one genuinely looks different! You look lovely in your latest one, love the 60s fabric!

  11. Sarah says:

    Bwah ha ha ha ha!! What a great post – I laughed out loud at the NHS dialogue! Hee hee! I love the Pendrell, too, and your versions are beautiful.

    I’m not the one to help you stop; keep up the good work, I say! 🙂

  12. Tilly says:

    Brilliant! Can you make a week’s worth of Pendrells?

  13. Roisin says:

    You are so cute! The pattern and the top are almost as cute as you are, so that’s some good work there 🙂

  14. Roobeedoo says:

    Oh yes – this is definitely the best of all!
    I feel rather stupid not to have realised that you have been making View B which has a much smaller base sleeve than View A. I had it in my head they were the same except that B had a second ruffle. Oh dear! So clearly I need to make a View B (or 2 or 3)!

  15. Oh how could you? You know I have not yet bought Pendrell yet you flaunt yet more beautiful versions in front of me. They are all so lovely- great fabric choices. I have to admit to having fallen for Simplicity 2599 (see I even know its number without looking) last summer. I even bought another one so that I could make a larger size for my friend…I have made 4 for me & 1 for her …so far. Perhaps there will come a time for the overthrow by Pendrell …

  16. Love your Pendrell tops…I was just reading your previous post about overlockers…i got mine from ebay and it is a very cheap make (aldi i think?) and i am so happy with it, the threading took some getting used to but i thread it every week or so, so i don’t forget 🙂 I did lots of research on pattern review and also tried a few out at the local sewing shop and then bought the cheapest one i found because i wasn’t sure how much i would use it.

  17. Zoe says:

    So nice! Keep going, there’s more fabric out there….. Just a few more……


  18. one good apple says:

    You’re creating a family, you wouldn’t want one Pendrell to get all lonely would you?! This is my fave though – ace pattern on the fabric! x

  19. Trisha says:

    Love all of your Pendrells! A question–does it really take 2 yds of fabric to make? I just got my pattern, and I think I could squeeze it onto a smaller cut… What do you think?

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