For Clara's blouse I used the tank top pattern from Alabama Studio Style, raised the neckline, and added sleeves. Also, I turned the neckline binding around so that the ends joined at the center front, and inserted tie ends into the binding, to give it a little tie-neck look. The little ties are just cross-grain strips of jersey that you give a good yank to. They skinny up and curl in and have many uses.
The seams are all hand-sewn (except for the sleeves), and then felled by hand with embroidery floss.
To embellish the front hem, I used a mix of bugle bead flowers and "eyelet" embroidery in various shades of blue.
The shirt fabric came from a thrifted tee, because I love the soft worn blue so much.