Here is the bike I built up for my wife. This is my first C&V rebuild/restore project (I still have my 1988 Merckx with Croce'Daune in original condition). I built it up to get her out on a bike with me, so the main considerations were her comfort and everything must work flawlessly since she is new(ish) to cycling. That is why is has 700 x 28s and a pretty plush saddle.
It started out as a 58cm 1990 Bridgestone RB-1. Here are the "before" pictures: