I’ve been looking for a simple blouse pattern, one that I can do over and over and suits my casual lifestyle. I got excited about Loes Hinse Casablanca Blouse #5207. It looked drapy, simple, elegant, deep V neck, set in sleeve… just what I was looking for.
After adding a dart to accomodate my “boobyness”, I put it together and while it turned out fine, I found the following aspects of it disappoiting: there was no interfacing expected in the whole thing, not a lick of it- I added it; the plackett facing was tiny which I realized as I sewed the too-big-for-the-facing buttonholes; the V neck was no where near as deep as in the picture; and the neck finish was so poor, I ended up binding it with bias tape. This beutifully simple blouse turned into a three day ordeal!
What I had missed in evaluating the pattern was looking at each pattern piece carefully to identify details I do or don’t like. I also missed the little note in the directions that said it was meant to be constructed with a 5 thread serger exclsively. I am not used to reading the instructions at all unless there is something tricky about the pattern and this time it came back to bite me.
Has anyone out there used Hinse’s patterns? What are your impressions?