Hello friends! It has been a while since I have made a blog post. So I am making myself a promise that I will blog about every single item I have made since the last blog post, it’ll amount to quite a few posts!
For this post I want to talk to you about something new I am doing! I have recently joined Fibremood, a sewing magazine, in making their patterns before their release! I was so excited about this opportunity. Upon previewing the patterns of their next magazine being released Today (April 15, 2020), I absolutely fell in love with the Norma Blouse. It is a short, button up blouse with the most amazing statement sleeves.
The pattern I received was in PDF form but will be featured within the pages of their magazines which are now sold at Barnes and Noble and Joann Fabrics in the U.S! You can also purchase the magazine via their website here. The magazine is originally from the UK and just recently released in the US.
The pattern was a really quick and easy make with only five pieces to cut out. I would recommend this pattern to an advanced beginner just because of the gathering and button holes. If you are a beginner looking to tackle button holes this just may be the pattern for you! I took my sweet time making this top so it took me three days but if you have the time and patience and strong back you can make it in one to two days no problem (talk about binge sewing). I chose a stiff shirting fabric for this top as it was recommended to use stiffer fabrics for the sleeve to have more drama. You can; however, use a fabric with more flow resulting in a less puffy sleeve, it is totally up to you!
Of course I went with the tropical print, it’s so me! I also debated on making something to match this top. I thought maybe a hat but at the same time I was thinking it would be too much print going on. I ended up taking the safe route and made a matching headband. It ended up being the perfect touch! By the way, I just learned to make fabric headbands while in quarantine (lol). The last thing I want to talk about is the button choice. I remember my mom telling me to take any buttons I wanted from her button collection when I visited her in Puerto Rico last year. I saw these colorful buttons and immediately dug out as many as I could find. They just screamed Andrea when I set my eyes on them. I am so happy I saved them for such an occasion. While my fabric already pops on its own, these buttons add a little something extra.
I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and if you do try the Norma Blouse pattern, please let me know! Also, remember to give me a follow on Instagram to stay up to date on my makes!