Pendrell Blouse, sleeveless!

What do you layer under your cosy winter sweaters and fitted jackets? Instead of a basic tee, why not indulge in a semi-fitted silk or rayon shell? I’ve added a sleeveless option for the Pendrell Blouse especially for layering!

Especially because I tend to default to ribbed tank tops and boring tees – I need to layer over a nicer base top. Equally comfortable and much more elegant!

It is officially way too cold to pose outside! I took these indoors and on the balcony, so excuse the questionable photography and unusual cropping. I’ll get better with practice!

This blouse is done in a fun polka-dot print, so it’s not the most basic layering piece. It would be great to spice up your work suit or layer under a solid-coloured cardigan. How would you wear the sleeveless version?

The armhole fits so well on this blouse, and the princess seamlines make it easy to adjust the fit if needed.

So there it is – View C of the Pendrell Blouse. A simple but well-fitted sleeveless shell top, perfect for layering, or when ruffles and pleated sleeves are too much. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Also: I’m announcing the winner of the 200 Follower Giveaway tomorrow! (Entries are now closed and I’ll be drawing a name tonight.) Stop by and see if it’s you!

UPDATE: Like this blouse? Make your own! The Pendrell Blouse is available in the Pattern Store here.

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29 Responses to Pendrell Blouse, sleeveless!

  1. Moeno November 14, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    These kind of shirts are exactly what I need. I seem to have simple skirts and very simple tops that I wear them with and have to accessorize just to keep from being too boring, but if I had a few sleeveless shirts in fabrics as great as that one I’d be set!

    Can’t wait until your pattern comes out except that I’ll probably wait until I’m back in Canada, still I’ll be excited to see what other people do with it :)

  2. Lauren November 14, 2010 at 7:04 am #


  3. lap November 14, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    What a great option! I love that the neckline is more flattering than a typical shell classic jewel, and that it looks just as good uncovered as with a cardi or jacket. I would also love to see variations of Pendrell with a v-neck since I can see that as stunning especially with the ruffle sleeve (perhaps in underlined lace? I just got chills!). If your upcoming pattern designs are even half as versatile as the Pendrell, you’re going to be a massive hit!

  4. Katie November 14, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Oh, it’s perfect. I layer my tops a lot, and this would be just perfect for that! I’m glad that you’re making patterns. You have great fashion sense, sometimes I go to your blog to get ideas on what to wear that day. Awesome work!

  5. Krysta November 14, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Very pretty, I’ve been thinking myself that for someone who wears cardigans as often as I do, I have way too many shirts with bulky sleeves that ruin the look!

    I love your choice of fabric as well. Very cute!

  6. B @ Sweet Limes November 14, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    This is perfect for layering! The more you talk about this top the more I can’t wait for you to finish it up so I can buy it and make some for myself. Not sure that I’d make a sleeveless version myself, but who knows.

  7. Patty November 14, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Love it! I don’t wear jackets much anymore, but totally love the idea of a basic layering shirt – quick and easy and super cute!!

  8. auzzi November 14, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    gorgeous. I think I like view C of the blouse the best! One question though… earlier you said your patterns were designed with pear-shaped women in mind… does this mean that these patterns are not ideal for women who have other body types? I especially love the fabric in this top, with the little green and red dots sprinkled here and there– so cute!

  9. Karen in VA November 14, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Love it!!! I do wear suits and cardigans and definitely need something nicer than a T and cooler than a long-sleeved blouse. I can see this as a very flexible piece in my wardrobe….Can’t wait until your pattern is available, and here’s hoping it comes in large sizes!!!

  10. Catherine November 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Oooh would love this with a pair of capri pants and little cardi or with high waisted wide leg trousers or a pencil skirt – very versatile. It would be great to have one like this that was long enough and not midriff baring – I’m not up for that any more!! can definitely see me buying the Pendrell! x

  11. Stacy November 14, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    What a great option. Where I live, especially at this time of year, the temperature can vary wildly throughout the day. Layering is key! I’d love to wear this with a knee-length A-line or pencil skirt, tights, and a bright cardigan.

  12. Funnygrrl November 14, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    I wear camis constantly. I’d love to find shells like this one but they are often too short or gapey. Being able to sew my own will be great! I can’t wait to try this. With jeans and a cute jacket for nights out.
    If your plan is to build tension for this pattern, it’s working!

  13. Ali November 14, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    I love it! I was just thinking/writing about what I could really use and a silky tank was on the list, something that can be worn tucked in or out and works well under layers — this version is perfect!

    Though I haven’t been commenting much (life’s crazy now), I follow you regularly, Tasia! Beautiful dresses, as always, and congrats on this life change that allows you to focus on your passion :) Sometimes I think life gives us these blessings in disguise. x

  14. Elizabeth November 14, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    What a great idea! I love it. Looks beautiful on you!

  15. Jessica November 14, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Very versatile and lovely :-). Could be made up in so many different prints/colors too! I have a question that I haven’t been able to find the answer to, and maybe you know – if you need to shorten or lengthen at the princess seam (specifically at the upper chest), how do you do that? Would you be willing to do a tutorial (or put those instructions in the pattern)?

  16. Venus de Hilo November 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Perfect! The original is adorable, but ruffles are not for me. And here in Hawaii I have endless use for sleeveless blouses. This is a winner!

  17. alice November 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Like Venus de Hilo (rad moniker!), ruffles aren’t really my thing. But I’m always on the lookout for a great shell! Thanks for designing one – I look forward to making it in a range of brilliant prints!

  18. nicole November 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Very elegant, perfect little basic. It’s hard to find simple styles like this now, I usually look to vintage patterns for my basic shell tops.

  19. nicole November 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Very elegant, the perfect little basic. Simple style like this are hard to find, I usually use vintage patterns for my basic blouses and shell tops. The pendrell does it all!

    :-) Nicole

  20. Sandy O'Leary November 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    This is one of the nicest shells I have seen and your fabric choice is beautiful. Looks great on you too. Congratulations on a job well done!

    I am also waiting for this pattern to be available.

  21. Homebake Queen November 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    It’s a great option for matching to skirts in unusual colours/prints!! You know when it’s hard to buy a top off the rack to go with something you’ve already made… I’d definitely make it, but might add a small gathered puff sleeve as I don’t like showing my arms. Might try it in a cotton fabric with a bit of stretch, as it’s always more comfy to wear something with a bit of stretch if you’re sitting at a desk at work for long amounts of time!

  22. Rebecca November 15, 2010 at 2:45 am #

    This is a great idea! I have a terrible addiction to layering t shirts but sometimes a pretty skirt needs something a bit more special.

  23. Becky November 15, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    I like it–nice and simple. And it also looks like it could be great to adapt as, say, a bodice sloper. Or a really nice way to use up that annoying leftover yardish of fabric that I often have at the end of a project where I’m trying to use up stash that I bought with no particular project in mind, lol!

    I’m also curious as to how this would work on a non-pear shape. Would an FBA make it work for those of us that are curvier on top, too?

  24. Angela November 15, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Beautiful! I love how you paired it with the pleated skirt and blazer… very chic!

  25. Tasia November 15, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    So happy to hear you guys like this version! Now to answer the questions:

    Can non-pear girls wear this style?

    Of course! You just may have to reduce the hip measurements. It’s the reverse of the alterations I usually do, where I add to the hip width. And in the case of the blouse, it may not even be a problem at all since it stops at the hips. I designed this blouse with a pear-shaped woman in mind, but I think it will be a flattering and versatile style on many body types! If you like the style, then of course give it a try!

    Can I do a FBA on this blouse?

    I bet you can! I am thinking it might even be easier than normal, because of the princess seams from shoulder to hem. Because the sizing is proportioned for smaller bust/smaller waist/large hips, a Full Bust Adjustment would make the fit more suitable for different body types. I’ve never done a FBA for myself but I could figure out how and write up a tutorial!

  26. Sue November 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm #


  27. sulovessew November 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Tasia, how much longer do we have to wait? i’ve been drooling all over after seeing this version as well as the flower version. I love this version because now i can abandon my ugly cotton cami for layering….

  28. Tasia November 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    @sulovessew: I’m thrilled that you’re excited!! It’s coming very soon. No official, set-in-stone date yet but for sure by the end of the month…stay tuned!

  29. amber November 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Okay, I’m gonna be honest – as much as I love the ruffled sleeves, this look sold me on the pattern. I love pretty sleeveless blouses like this, but surprise surprise, they never fit both my bust and my hips. I seriously love you right now. Am I sounding like a broken record yet? ;)