I had read some advice from a fashion expert which was 70% of your wardrobe should be 'meat and potatoes'. I realised most of my wardrobe was puddings and gravy so that's why I bought this blouse, to start to redress the balance, but also with a refashion in mind.
Here is the other element of the refashion
I deliberated exactly where to add the doily to minimise the bra strap and flesh on view.
Doilies are so beautifully old fashioned and often languish unloved in charity shops.
I cut a hole in the back of the blouse using a side plate as a template and added the doily to fill the gap
I used one layer of hand sewing and one layer of machine sewing for the attachment.
I also added a pop of colour in the sleeves
Here is the finished blouse
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