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A square necked Norma blouse // Fibre Mood

Square necklines are totally my thing at the mo. I feel like I want to add them to everything!

For my latest project I did just that! I took the Norma blouse from the spring issue of Fibre Mood and hacked the neckline. Norma is a dartless button front V neck shirt with puffed 3/4 length sleeves. I wanted to change the neckline to be square instead of a V though!

It was easy enough to do! I drew a new neckline by squaring out from the bottom of the V at the centre front seam and then joining it up to the shoulder. I also drew a new front facing piece to match. The loose fit dartless nature of this too makes it easy to do changes like this as you don’t need to worry too much about it sitting really close to the body or about how it might affect dart placement.

Essentially I made it up in the same way at the original – just with a slightly different neck line shape! It’s a super quick sew!

I had the perfect fabric from Simply Fabrics for this blouse. It’s an embroidered cotton dobby (think voile weight), slightly sheer but perfect for a summer top. The buttons are a mother of pearl from deep within the button stash – I’ve no idea where or when I got those!

I had initially planned on embroidering the neckline too (think boho/ milkmaid realness 😆) but I couldn’t decide on a thread colour. In the end I topstitched my facing with a decorative stitch in white which is much more subtle but goes with everything!

It did end up a tad bit low on me (I’m at real risk of flashing someone if I bend over 😂) so if I made it again I’d definitely raise the neckline by half an inch at least.

Overall though? I love it! I’m actually a little afraid of wearing it cause it seems so delicate and I don’t want to get it dirty! 😂

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