The Norma Blouse
Every time I have scrolled through my Instagram feed lately, I’ve come across at least one picture of the Fibre Mood Norma blouse.
Fibre Mood offered this pattern for free the week of their sewalong, and I’m so glad I picked it up then. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch their sale, no worries. You can still buy the pattern here.
The Norma blouse is a short, V-neck top with balloon sleeves. It can be made from a variety of fabrics for different looks.
For this project, I did something I almost never do; I ordered fabric specifically for it. This beautiful Swiss Dot is from Spool and Spindle . I cannot recommend this company enough! They got the order out to me really quickly and I am so pleased with the quality of their fabrics.
The buttons are coconut shell. I used the back side because I liked the colour combination better. These buttons set me back $1.50 (or about 3 cents a button!?). I bought them last year at my local craft store, Brico Deco.
I made the Norma Blouse in a size 10 and graded to a 12 through the bust, waist and hip. I suggest looking at the final garment measurements to see how you would like the blouse to fit before cutting out a size. My measurements put me at a size 14, but I decided that I wanted to the top to be more fitted than the pattern suggested. I did end up making a couple of small changes to the pattern.
First of all, I lengthened the pattern by 3″. The Norma is intended to be cropped, and I wanted the option of tucking it in.
I raised the centre front by 1.5″
To do this, I drew a straight line 1.5″ up from the original pattern piece and used my french curve ruler to redraw a line from the edge of the shoulder to the dot.
I redrew the facing piece to match the new curve of the neckline.
I raised the armscye by 1″ on both the front and back pieces. Again, this was an easy fix. To raise the armhole, just draw a line 1″ up from the original. Then use a curved ruler to connect the new marking to the original armhole. Don’t forget to transfer any notches!
Because I raised the armscye of the front and back body pieces, I needed to also raise the sleeve the same amount. (1″)
Again, I drew a line straight up from the original and then used my curved ruler to true the line.
Even though my front and back pieces were graded (10 at the underarm point up to a 12 at the bust), the muslin was slightly too bulky for me. I ended up folding over .5″ on the side seams at the from the underarm through the bust area (and then having it meet up with the original pattern piece around the waist area.
Because I reduced the side seam, I had to also take the same amount out of the sleeve so that it would still fit. I wanted to keep the fullness at the sleeve cap, so took the .5″ out of each side between the seam and the first notch.
I also wanted to keep the fullness at the cuff, so I folded the pattern piece so that it removed the .5″ at the sleeve cap, but opened up again leaving the original circumference of the hem.
I am so happy with the way this top turned out. I love the fit and the statement sleeves. This pattern is at the very top of my ‘make again’ list. I would love to make it in a flowy rayon for a different look. I have also seen some Normas hacked into dresses, so that’s something I would love to add to my closet.
It is a quick sew and is very wearable. It was my first time working with a Fibre Mood pattern, and now I’m interested in trying more.