I started with this blouse that I found at Goodwill for a couple of dollars. I love the details on the front of the blouse with all the pintucks, the cuffs and 6 shell buttons and matching buttons down the front.
To make it period, I folded down the pointed collar on the inside and sewed it in place. For inspiration, I looked through several books on my shelves, especially this one:"Harper's Bazaar, Victorian Fashions & costumes from 1867 - 1898" by Stella Blum. I added narrow lace to the pintucks to soften the effect. Added bouffant upper sleeves and edged the bottom of the seam with white cotton lace. I applied lace in the inside of the cuffs and edged the outside with the same cotton lace as the upper sleeves. Small note: the same cotton lace, but in black adorns the bottom of the skirt.