A sewer on Pattern Review last week posted a shirt that she had made from Pendleton fabric bought from the Pendleton Mill Outlet in Washougal, Washington. There is a Pendleton outlet that sells fabric??? I hate how a $500 plane ticket and 2,000 miles separate me from Washougal, Washington. What I wouldn't give to purchase yards and yards of fine Pendleton woolens and plaids at steeply discounted prices. Has anyone been to this Shangri-la?
Actually, don’t tell me - I'll be too consumed with jealousy.
I have been obsessed with Pendleton for years. In the early 80's, before online shopping, and malls, really, (at least where I grew up), my Mom used to buy Pendleton suits from an sporting goods shop that sold Pendleton clothes, in addition to gun racks and live bait. Last year she gave me a skirt suit from that time - it is of such great quality that she kept it for over 20 years.
As this was before I began sewing, I had a tailor alter the jacket to fit me, and remove the extreme A-line of the skirt so that it is now a slim, high-waist pencil skirt instead of a high-rise A-line that widened my pear-ish shape. (The alterations to the jacket and skirt cost well over $100 - further circumstantial evidence that magazines' suggestions to have garments tailored is not a viable wardrobe option for those on a budget. Why don't magazines ever suggest: "learn to sew"?!.)
My favorite Pendleton dud is this cape I purchased a few years ago:
It is perfect for dressy occasions, but, I think, is very wearable casually as well. I often pair it with jeans and flats in the fall.
I was pleased to see that Pendleton's rustic Americana appeal has been embraced by the fashion hip. Pendleton produced a capsule collection for the uber-hip Opening Ceremony boutique in NYC:
Pendleton's own collection has become a bit more stylish in the past few years. I used to troll only for outerwear, because its clothing, aside from the perennially spot-on blazers, used to consist primarily of mock turtlenecks and tapered-leg trousers. While it still has that, the offerings are much more modern:
I think Pendleton's design team did a great job in offering more modern cuts that still retain the company's classic vibe. But, I'm a Pendleton lover, so I'm biased.
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While we're on the topic of obsessions, I can't stop wearing my gold shell!