Clearly I'm not too happy about how it looks. The first step was to change the collar:
I think just folding back the collar is a good way to make it look younger, without ruining the integrity of the piece (it still has an old-fashioned vibe, without being old-fashioned).
I like to use a contrasting thread, but that's just me. While the first half was simple, the second half required that I remove some buttons.
Then I matched the fold and sewed that side down, too.
The next step is to fix the sleeves. I thought maybe the best thing would be to take out the shoulder pads, but they're not the normal removable ones I'm used to:
So instead I just decided to make the sleeves short. My options were traditional short sleeves, or cap sleeves.
I cut out the extra sleeve:
And tried it on.
Much better! I made the other side the same, finished the edges:
( note that there are better ways to do this), and cut off the excess:
And now it's a wearable top :)