My sister bought the blouse on the left above from a retro warehouse sale of second hand clothing. She didn’t try it on at the time. When trying it on later, she found that the fit was unusual and generally unflattering so didn’t end up wearing it much at all. It sat in her wardrobe for a while until I saw it. I liked the fabric print and saw the potential for an upcycling project.
As you may see from the above before picture, the odd fit of the blouse is partly due to the darts as well as the baggy sleeve design.
First, I removed all the darts and ironed out the creases. At this point I tried it on again and decided I wanted to have the buttons on the back. I lay the blouse flat and placed an existing top of mine over it to replicate the round neckline by cutting off the collar. I finished off the neckline with a rolled hem. Next I cut off the baggy sleeves and used the fabric cut off to make cap sleeves. I maintained the existing sleeve hem and sewed the cap sleeves on as well as bringing in the side seams to fit me better.
The end result is a loose fitting blouse that is much more flattering than the original design!