|Loes Hinse Designs: 5202 (Tunic Blouse) - Type:Tops |
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Loes Hinse Designs Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
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|Available for sale on PR: $16.00 (See envelope) |
|Tip: "Crowding" to ease a sleeve cap|
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This is a simple tunic blouse pattern. I've had it in my stash forever. The pattern was first reviewed in 2003 and last in 2009. I'm stash-busting old patterns, so here's this review. |
Pattern Sizing: xxs to xxl. I used xl, based on my bust measurement. Sleeve sizing was a problem, see below.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except the sleeve fit was off.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This is easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I had an embroidered cotton lawn, somewhat see-through, and I wanted a loose-fitting simple blouse to cover a camisole. This would have been fine and I like the design, except there are sleeve fit issues. The sleeves are too tight, the sleeve cap is too high and the sleeve length is too short. I NEVER have length/width problems with sleeves and think that this is a problem with the fit of this particular pattern. I do like the split cuff on the sleeve though. I really need another 1 inch in sleeve length and at least 1/2 inch in width to comfortably wear this. I would reduce the sleeve cap (which I believe accommodates an 80s-ish shoulder pad) by at least 1/2 inch, maybe even more. I've seen this problem before in older patterns.
I am picky about arm fit and knew that I wouldn't really wear this as is. To think about how to save this garment, I happened to read an old Kenneth King article from Threads Magazine September 2011 that suggests an armhole gusset. I had leftover fabric, so fashioned the gusset to add 1 inch to each bicep and 2 inches overall to the bust. I also let out the seams in the cuffs to add another one half inch of length to the sleeve. I'll add a link to my blog to show how I did the gusset and maybe add a tip. Basically, i replaced a wedge of fabric at the arm hole, 3 inches below and above the intersection of the armhole and side seams and one inch to either side with a slightly larger wedge, one full inch at the armhole, tapering to nothing further at the side seams. This did the trick! People use this to replace damaged fabric or, like in my case, to add some additional ease to this area unobtrusively. I already have some ready-to-wear in my closet that I'm thinking of using the same trick on. The key is finding a fabric to match.
Fabric Used: An embroidered white cotton lawn fabric, very crisp and light. Nice to sew.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Didn't bother with buttons since I wanted this loose.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? NO. Although I might borrow the split cuff treatment for other blouses.
Conclusion: This is an old pattern (still sold) for a simple tunic blouse with a nice split cuff treatment. There are sleeve-fitting issues for me in this pattern which ruined what would have been a nice garment. I saved it with a Kenneth King armhole gusset. (Thanks, Kenneth!)
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