I just finished a blouse from the same Ottobre 4/2004 issue as the skirts. It's made out of approximately 3/4 yard white linen remnant from stash. I have experience with this particular pattern from a couple of years ago, a project that was never fully completed. I loved the design details and came out victorious on this second go around.
I will work on a proper Pattern Review post this weekend. I am very happy to be finished with the shirt and wanted to post it here. Construction techniques included gathered sleeves, pin tucks, and applying bias binding to the keyholes. I think an advanced beginner who likes to be challenged can make this if they took their time.
This blouse will go beautifully with the two skirts. It needs a quick run through the washing machine to get rid of the Chacoliner markings but it's finished! Wheee! Now I have to start sewing some items for the 2 year old nephew.