First Day of Summer and a New Blouse!

Yay, something new today! Check out my new, sleeveless Pendrell blouse. This gorgeous vintage rayon had a few flaws, mostly blurred sections of the print. Making a sleeveless top was a good choice to show off the fabric while working around the flawed areas!

The Details:

Blouse: Pendrell Blouse, View C
Cropped Pants: Superstore – it’s a massive grocery store that also sells toys, furniture, appliances and very affordable clothing! They launched the ‘Joe Fresh’ line sometime in the last 5-6 years, and it’s been so popular they opened a store just for the clothes! I believe these pants were less than $10.
Shoes: Bought at DSW in San Francisco three years ago

Of the three Pendrell Blouse options, this is the one that’s easy to overlook. Sleeveless blouses are such a great layering piece! It’s a wonderful way to show off a busy print. It’s also the perfect blank canvas for embellishments! (Something I plan on doing in the future – with tutorials if they turn out well!)

One of the things I’d like to do one day is replace my old ribbed tank tops with sleeveless blouses. They’re dressier and more elegant than the ribbed knit, and the seaming gives them a flattering shape. Wouldn’t this be an elegant black silk shell? Or a cream rayon sleeveless blouse with beading or embroidery.

Overall, I really liked this outfit! I wore it to drive across the border and mail out orders while the postal strike was on, so I wanted to be comfortable sitting in a car. It’s not easy to keep your cool and look classy when you’ve been sitting in a car for four hours. It was time-consuming, but I crossed the border with minimal hassles and expense. I was lucky to have a wonderful contact from my previous job, who helped me fill out the proper paperwork. (Thank you Mary! You’re awesome!)

This is how I felt about being able to ship out orders that day – very happy!

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18 Responses to First Day of Summer and a New Blouse!

  1. Kathleen June 30, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Cute! You look great :) Love the shoes.

  2. Ellie June 30, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I really like this top. Such a pretty print. too.

  3. Funnygrrl June 30, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Looking good, girl! Last time we crossed the border to the US we were able to watch an entire movie on the portable DVD while in the lineup. Your persistence shows your concern for your customers.
    I have fabric for the sleeveless version. Still on my (ever increasing) sewing wish list.
    Your version is beautiful!

  4. Kathy Vaughn June 30, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Love it. Very flattering.

  5. Nancy June 30, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    That’s a gorgeous print! And I can’t believe it’s that difficult / long to cross the border to the US!

  6. Casey June 30, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    So pretty! The print is fantastic! :)

  7. Sarah June 30, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Great blouse, Tasia! I love the capris, too. Joe Fresh is awesome and one of the very few places I don’t feel bad for buying brand new.

  8. Corinne June 30, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Customer service, the ultimate business woman, love the blouse too!

  9. Misty June 30, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    This post and your cute pictures have inspired me to go back and try again! I made the sleeveless version of the Pendrell, but it was only my 2nd sewing project and it didn’t turn out quite right. I’ve got a bit more experience under my belt now, and I think I need to try it again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Caroline June 30, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    With this and Colette’s Sorbetto top, I’ll definitely be replacing all my ribbed tank tops and other similar articles of clothing. Much more classy and sooooo many variation possibilities. Such lovely blank canvases!

  11. Tasha June 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Really great print! I look forward to making a sleeveless Pendrell soon, and also using Casey’s awesome scalloped neckline tutorial to doctor a Pendrell, too!

  12. Crystal June 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I am totally with you on replacing my solid ribbed tanks with sleeveless shells/camis. So much nicer. I had to resist the urge to clear out that whole section of my closet a couple of days ago!

  13. Mary June 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    I am glad that the postal strike ended, I wouldn’t have wanted you to be forced to wait in line so long. . Although selfishly I would have enjoyed a visit from you. Your posts make me want to start sewing clothes again… love the Pendrell blouse.

  14. bella July 1, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    That is such a great print! Looks super.

  15. Liz July 1, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    veeeery pretty. It inspires me for own summer blouse projects <3

  16. Alicia July 1, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Love the outfit! It’s not called the Real Canadian Superstore in BC? (It is in Ontario)

  17. Sewing Princess July 4, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    @Nancy: I am quite surprised it takes so long to cross the border. What’s the whole hassle about?

  18. lady modiste July 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Very nice. The print is so pretty and yes, great for layering.