It turns out the blouse is cute and the fabric is SILK. It's good I didn't know I was sewing with silk, or I would have been anxious.
I realized that using ties at the keyhole would have made an unfortunate mashup of elements that looked like a hospital gown. I was thinking 80s revival, not hospital. So I added a pretty, clear button.
I bound the neck and arm holes with self-bias, finishing it with handstitching. That was a lot of delicate stitches!
I thought the blouse was too shapeless (hospital gown fears), so I nipped it in 4 places. Are these tucks? In some patterns, these are elongated things that blend into the line - what are they called? I thought the blouse called for something more fresh and casual - and it turns out my tuck-things can look like a maternity blouse, too. Not a good look when you're going to your husband's 20th high-school-class reunion.
Still and all, I felt chic in my skinny jeans and homemade silk blouse. Thanks to my husband for these photos, snapped just before I left for work one morning.