This blouse / waist is not pure white but more of any ivory color. It is made of a very fine sheer cotton sometimes referred to as lawn. It has an openwork design on either side of the placket and at the tips of the collar. The collar and sleeves are trimmed in lace. The blouse closes with 10 mother-of-pearl buttons. There are three of the same buttons on each cuff. Pin tucks run down the top third of the blouse. There is a self tie in the back that comes around to the front to be tied. It would then be tucked into a skirt. The label reads TUXEDO HAND MADE WAISTS 36. Since this blouse is over 100 years old I wouldn't pay too much attention to this size. The flat measurements are as follows: Armpit to Armpit 32", Sleeve length 24.50", Length from back of neck 22.75" and Across back of shoulders 13.50". There are no holes but I see that the underarms have been repaired and are slightly yellow. I have not washed it.