The Fibre Mood Norma Blouse is the perfect sewing project if you want to channel BSE – that is, Big Sleeve Energy. Read more for a full sewing pattern review and to see more photos!
As I hone in on my personal style, I realize that I prefer casual-chic and romantic style. I love stylish minimalism and clean lines, but I also love garments that are more flirty and fun. I’ve got flouncy skirts and ruffles in my wardrobe, but I have yet to sew a garment with big sleeves! However, being more on the petite side I have typically tended to stay away from big sleeves as I didn’t want them to be too overpowering. I wanted to find the perfect pattern to sew my first blouse or dress with larger sleeves!
The Fibre Mood Norma Blouse
When the Fibre Mood Norma Blouse released in 2020, I immediately added it to my list to sew! Something that stood out to me was the sleeves – finally, a sleeve with just the right amount of ‘poof’! Especially for a petite frame!
I have been wanting to sew it for a while, but I hadn’t found the right fabric. I didn’t want it to be in a solid color, but something a bit more fun and playful. As part of the Minerva Makers team, I had the opportunity to sew a few projects with Liberty Fabrics Tana Cotton Lawn, including my Sew Over It London Pussybow Blouse. I was also gifted a Liberty Fabrics Tawna Cotton Lawn in a beautiful floral pattern that have some serious romantic vintage vibes. For this white floral fabric, I knew it would be perfect for this project, and I was so excited to finally be able to sew this blouse!
I also love that the Fibre Mood Norma Blouse has a more relaxed fit bodice, but not so relaxed that it makes the whole garment look loose as the sleeves are already very loose. I love the button front too!
Sizing, Adjustments, and Customization
I chose to sew a size 6. My measurements are 34-29-38. The pattern measurements for a size 6 are 34.6-29.1-38.2. The size 6 ended up being perfect! For my Fibre Mood Norma Blouse, I didn’t make any adjustments at all. The length of the sleeves and bodice ended up being perfect.
Sewing the Norma Blouse
Sewing this blouse went very smoothly. I am familiar with all the techniques used in this blouse, and I have been sewing for 2+ years. This blouse does call for a lot of gathering at the sleeve cap and cuff, so I had to be a bit more careful to make sure they were distributed evenly.
For my buttons, I decided to use large pearl buttons I had lying around in my button stash. The pearl buttons match so well with this fabric!
Final Results of my Fibre Mood Norma Blouse
Overall, I’m so happy with how my blouse turned out. The fit turned out great and I love the sleeves so much! They really are the perfect size, especially for a petite frame. I’m so glad I was able to match the fabric and Norma Blouse pattern together as they are perfect together. I highly recommend sewing this pattern!
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