Since losing weight I have found that I like my clothes to be quite fitted, and this pattern suited the bill perfectly. It is an empire line, fitted under the bust with ever so slightly puffed sleeves. I decided to try to give it a more 40's 'make do and mend' vibe by adding collar band, self covered buttons, and sleeve band in a contrasting fabric from my stash as though I had combined two blouses to make one new one.
The pattern is one I bought quite a long time ago and starts at a size 14, I cut out a size 14 but it was a little large on me and I had to make the top quite a bit smaller and put in extra darts at the bust line, but I think it works ok. The pattern is quite 'busy' so the darts don't really notice to most people (at least that is what I like to think). Also, you can't see in the photos, but when putting the interfacing in the sleeve bands I stupidly used the printed edge of the interfacing completely disregarding the fact that the print would probably be visible through the dress fabric. Duh! Stupid Zora. I don't think it is too bad and if I position my arms carefully as above, most people won't notice, but at some stage in the future will have to be rectified because I can see it and remaining in this position for any length of time is quite wearing.
The blouse is just what I wanted. Smart enough for work, but also suitable for a more casual event. with jeans or a skirt. I think I will probably make this pattern again. Maybe with longer sleeves for the autumn and winter.