Tilly and the Buttons – Nora Top

Why has it taken me so long to make a Nora top? Seriously??!! I could wear this every day. It’s quickly become a new favourite.

Nora is my first make of 2019 and what a great start it is!

nora complete

Tilly has done it again with this pattern. It’s a simple to make, comfy, casual top that is very easy to wear. I can see me making a collection of these in different fabrics and variations to see me through different seasons.

This pattern was released last year and I’ve seen so many lovely versions all over Instagram since it’s release. They made me think I needed a Nora in my life so I decided to purchase it in Tilly’s Black Friday sale which made the PDF version around £5. Bargain!

nora fabric

The fabric I’ve used is from Stitchy Bee. It’s a very pretty black and white sparkly striped jersey. It’s actually quite light weight but the black stripes are heavy. It’s perfect for this top.

The pattern is a boxy, oversize top (which I love) so fitting isn’t an issue. There’s the option for short sleeve, elbow length sleeve or full length sleeve. You can also choose either a polo neck or a normal neckband and there’s the option of a full length bodice or  a cropped hi/lo front and back. You could get quite a few different tops from this pattern. I opted for the elbow length sleeve, polo neck and cropped hi/lo front and back.

It was really simple to sew – would be a good beginners knit sewing project. The construction was easy. I made a straight size 5. The only alteration I made was I didn’t use as large a hem as the pattern suggested, because me stomach is not suitable for anything cropped! I also didn’t hem the sleeves either but that was more laziness!


I love the slouchy fit and the combination of the shorter sleeves with a polo neck. I also really like the hi/lo hem feature. It’s a nice detail on the top.

I’m extra pleased as it’s my first make of 2019 and one of my Make Nine! I’m off to a good start!

Pattern review

Name: Nora
Company: Tilly and the Buttons
Description: Fill your wardrobe with quick and easy Nora tops. This modern style sweater or t-shirt has a boxy, oversized shape with drop shoulders and wide sleeves. Incredibly versatile, make it in a variety of fabrics – from jersey to sweater knits – to see you through the year in style.
Printed of PDF: PDF – but is available in both.
Sizing: Tilly uses her own system 1-8. I made a size 5 which is around a UK 14. Due to it’s boxy fit, there should be no fitting issues.
Alterations: I used a smaller hem, that’s it!
Fabric: A lovely black and white sparkly jersey from Stitchy Bee. I bought 1.5m.
Difficulty rating: It’s rated as a confident beginners pattern. It’s definitely suitable for beginners to knit patterns.
Difficulties encountered: Only issues due to fabric weight. The top was simple to make.
Time taken: 1-2 hours.
Recommend: YES!!!
What would I change: Lengthen the bodice front slightly on the cropped version.
My favourite thing: The options available, the oversize fit and the hi/lo hem detail.


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