|Blouse front after
The shoulders are a little wide and it has no waist shaping. I don't dig gathered sleeves on myself so decided to do something about them. This had the added advantage of visually narrowing the shoulders.
I box pleated the sleeve trim until it looked right and pinned it in place. Then I hand sewed the pleats in place: backstitched along the original seam line, whipped the pleats down from the wrong side, and sewed the trim together where the pleats meet. Finally I steamed the gathers to help the excess sleeve fabric form pleats.
|Blouse sleeve, back tie
To add some waist shaping I dug through my notions box and came up with poly twill tape. Normally I don't like this stuff but it matches my fabric, is thin like ribbon, and the ends can be heat sealed :) I had exactly enough, too! I cut the tape in half, sealed the ends, and stitched them to side seams at waist height. The blouse fabric is very thin so I sewed through the seam allowances and made three lines of stitching to disperse the load. Tie in a bow and you're on your way :)
|Sleeve before pleats