Obviously, it would be too easy to just pick up a copy of the cult Sencha pattern. Instead, I have to find a genuine vintage pattern that looks like Sencha, but has sleeves.
Why? My reasoning is that I will never wear a cap-sleeve blouse without something on top. I live in the frozen north in a poorly-heated house, and frequent a draughty workplace where they switch the heating off from May through October.
Keyhole neck detail
I thought I would share pics of some of my favourites, all from Etsy.
For a long time this blouse / skirt combination had been top of the list, but I am wary of too "sweet" a style.
Plus it is too small... even in my skinny state. And I am wary of major alterations.
I saw an even-more-fussy "stepped" square sleeve today - way too much potential trauma! Though I can see it could be attractive in a contrast lace.
Hmmm... I rarely consider using two fabrics in one garment.
In the end, I bought the pattern at the top of the page. It has that crucial keyhole / tie neck, plenty of darts to adjust the fit, and a rather alluring tapered sleeve. I can imagine it working well in a jersey / stretch fabric, which would be a warmer option for September, when tops are going to be in short supply if I don't get stitching now!