Plus, it was missing three buttons, and the seams were coming undone in a few places.
But I liked the teal and black stripes and the ruffles, and I've been trying to build up a more professional-looking wardrobe.So it came home with me!
Removing the sleeves will fix the first two issues.
Then I re-sewed a few seams that had come undone.
I cut two strips from one of the sleeves, about 1.5 inches wide and 22 inches long. I pinned each of them to the armholes, with right-sides facing, and sewed all around.
I pressed the binding outward.
Next I folded it over toward the inside of the blouse and sewed it in place.
And finally, I plucked off the remaining buttons and stitched on six matching black buttons from my enormous stash.
I had to settle for khaki, and these have their own textured stripes, which is just too much with the stripes on the shirt.
Looks like a classic black pencil skirt might be the next thing on my To Do list!