I had the idea for this blouse a while back. I started looking for a basic pattern in my stash and couldn't find one! So, I purchased Simplicity 2599 during the next pattern sale at JoAnn's. I used view C (minus the ruffles) as the basis for this blouse.
The element I wanted to feature most was the looped edging along the hem. The fabric is a light weight chambray.
A nice feature of this pattern is separate patterns for cup sizes (B, C and D). I often find myself taking in the back of my garments (more room needed on the front side than the back) so the sizing is appreciated. I cut a size 14, cup size D. The fit is roomy and comfortable but the shoulders are well-fitted (not too loose) and the dart is appropriately placed (see above). The pattern is very easy and I will probably use it again.
I decided to do 3 buttons for the back with tab style buttonhole extension.I made a pattern and cut 6 pieces (2 for each tab). Interfaced half the tabs. Stitched pairs right sides together, turned, pressed, top stitched and made buttonholes. They aren't perfect but I think they create a nice nautical look.
Above are some sketches of the blouse I did before embarking. I knew that I wanted to use a chambray and likely use the loop edging. I was also planning to add a pocket but haven't done it yet. What do you think? Should I add a pocket? I have more buttons to match those on the back. Pockets are so convenient.