Fibre Mood Harper Blouse With Added Knit Cuffs

A new issue of Fibre Mood magazine comes out today and every 3 months along with some other sewists I get to try out one of the new patterns before they get released. I usually only pick a pattern if it aligns with my plans and suits my style, and this time the ***Fibre Mood Harper blouse appealed to me. I loved the unusual placement of gathers on it and I could see that the sleeves were perfect to lengthen and add cuffs to which was always something that I’d had in mind for the fabric I’d chosen from my stash.

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So the fabric is a delightful 100-per-cent wool muslin that I got over a year ago from an online store based in Switzerland called Swiss Textiles Shop. I ordered the golden yellow (called caramel) along with a length of brown. Actually, there’s a funny little back story about my purchase… it was being sent from Switzerland with FedEx and I’d been given a tracking reference number, so of course, I kept checking on it to see where it was. Alas, something went a bit wrong in the main French airport and somehow my order got on a plane to the US!! My heart sank and I started to share tracking updates on my Instagram stories. After a couple of days, I started to see the funny side of it and my IG followers did too. Would you believe my package went through four different states (!!!) in the US before eventually heading back to the UK? It took about a month overall but it eventually got to me unharmed and intact. I do love a happy ending 🙂

Anyhow, I digress…you’re here to read about my blouse. 🙂

So the pattern comes in sizes XS-XXL and after measuring the pieces and checking the size charts I went with a size small. I did actually make a mock-up using an old sheet and I’m glad I did because I got quite a bad dragline at my sides so I added a bust dart and ultimately for my shoulder and neck area to sit right (always a problematic area for me), I added a small dart which starts from my neckline at the shoulder point and travels along my shoulder for about 4 inches…oh, and I also raised the back neckline a little.

The sleeves on this design are three-quarters length but for my fabric, I had always intended to use it paired with some perfectly matching ribbing from my stash to create some cuffs and a neckline band so I adapted my Harper by lengthening the sleeves by 2- 3 inches and then adding 4-inch long knit cuffs. Then I used the same knit fabric to finish the neck edge off. I don’t think I altered the length apart from scooping it up slightly at the front.

Fibre Mood Harper blouse
Fibre Mood Harper blouse
Fibre Mood Harper blouse
 Harper blouse neck detail.
Fibre Mood Harper blouse added cuff detail

I really like this blouse and it’s a little bit different with those lovely soft gathers, plus it’s not overly loose and baggy. Wearing this soft golden yellow is a first for me and I’m really liking it too. I bet it would look great with my cream jeans in the Spring too. The fabric feels divine to wear and presses beautifully. Overall I’d say this was a successful project for me and I’m thinking of maybe using some pretty viscose from my stash for another Harper.

Hope you like my new blouse. Oh, and have you ever sewn wool muslin before? It’s sew lovely! Let me know in the comments.

See you soon.

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  1. barkcloth
    February 15, 2023 / 3:45 pm

    I noticed that you distributed the gathers differently than Fibre Mood itself has done.

    • Diane
      February 15, 2023 / 4:04 pm

      Hmm, yes, I can see a few more gathers at the centre front on the Fibre Mood website and yet I’m pretty sure I have my markings correct there. I think maybe my wool fabric may have shrunk out a bit with pressing. It doesn’t bother me though.

  2. Barkcloth
    February 20, 2023 / 7:45 am

    I like it better this way. 😉

    • Diane
      February 20, 2023 / 2:13 pm

      Well, thank you! I took a look at my markings and I realise they were off a bit. But I like it too.

  3. February 24, 2023 / 6:46 pm

    What an wonderful fabric, I’d never seen wool muslin before! I did wonder about the fit of this pattern, so was interested to see that you have added darts to improve the fit. I think it’s a really good call, as the fit looks superb.

    • Diane
      February 24, 2023 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you so much! And the fabric is lovely. A the name suggests it’s quite lightweight and a little sheer. I did prewash I first and steam pressed it well too prior to sewing up.

  4. Tamsin William-Powlett
    May 31, 2023 / 4:48 pm

    How do you find arm movement in this? I have just made a wearable muslin and find that my arm movement is restricted. I have taken the seam closer to the body under the arm which has helped but I don’t know what else to do about it without redrafting it! The only person I have found online who mentioned it is @isewtherforeiam

    • Diane
      May 31, 2023 / 8:20 pm

      Hi Tamsin. I did size down a bit initially which helped quite a bit. Having worn it several times I experienced a little bit of restriction but nothing too bad until I layered a cardigan over the top and then I was more aware. I’ve since revisited and stitched even closer in but also upwards a bit which makes the armhole depth a little shallower, it’s now comfy and I’ve transferred the alterations to my pattern to make another in stripe. Perhaps you could try that?
      One final thought is that you could add a diamond shaped gusset. I’ve seen this technique used on armholes before to increase movement.

      • Marie
        October 16, 2023 / 12:52 pm

        Hello Diane, very interesting, ! could you draw a scketch of the original pattern and it’s adaptation ?
        Thank you very much in advance,

        • Diane
          October 16, 2023 / 4:12 pm

          Hi Marie, It might be better if you dropped me an email? Then you can tell me which parts you want to know more about and I can see if I can help.

  5. Joan
    September 22, 2023 / 10:46 pm

    Somehow I did not see this blouse when you made it, Diane. Lovely useful blouse in an interesting fabric! I’ve never heard of wool muslin before. It does have some of the crispness and sheerness that one finds in cotton muslins, but perhaps it really addresses the plain weave?? Is this washable?

    • Diane
      September 23, 2023 / 10:37 am

      Hi Joan. Ah, glad you found it! Wool muslin is quite a gauzy fabric a little thicker than a voile but not quite a challis maybe. It is washable on a very cool wash or even better to handwash. I pre-washed mine and straight after washing it crinkles a little and then presses like a dream it then doesn’t seem to crease that much. Here’s a link to where I bought it, though it’s probably in my text above too

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