Here’s the blouse with the elastic inserted into the sleeve casings, photographed in the early morning light.This pattern has small darts at the top of the sleeves (one in the center of each sleeve top) that give the shoulder line nice shape, and the sleeves drape over the shoulders in an attractive way.
Meanwhile, I have been looking for embroidery patterns that would fit around the front neckline opening. The McCalls pattern photo shows a machine-embroidered design that could be ordered for embroidery machines (which I don’t have), but the design is not included in the pattern.
This design looks Eastern European in origin and would look very nice done in satin stitch.
I drew this design myself using as inspiration a small photo of a peasant blouse I found online somewhere. This kind of blouse looks lovely done in multi-color embroidery, but it also looks striking with single-color embroidery. I have seen blouses with blue embroidery on white fabric, which is gorgeous, and red on white, also wonderful. And white stitching on dark colors is always terrific.