If you want an adorable shirt that you can dress up or down and use for any season, you& love the DIY Lace Insert Button-Down Shirt tutorial. This is the easiest of sewing projects for beginners, and you can sew it with a machine.
I have this shirt, but bought a size too small. (Eddie Bauer's sizes are always tough to figure out for me! I think something fits, I wash it, and the fit changes!) I absolutely loved it. Feminine and gentle look.
I see it with unlined elbow length sleeves. I like the way the gray would blouse out in a sutler flounce of all gray color. or painted/dyed matching lace could be at the bottom. Beige Sleeveless Back Split Lace Chiffon Blouse