It’s no secret that Nora by Tilly and the Buttons is one of my favourite patterns. To date I’ve made five and I’ve always got plans for more!
The pattern is so versatile. It can be a jumper, sweatshirt or T-shirt depending on fabric. It can be long sleeved, short sleeved or 3/4 length sleeved. You can have a high neck or a round neck. It has minimal fitting required. It can be cropped length, have a stepped hem or be made a longer length very easily. It would also be very easy to hack – lengthen into a dress, add a gathered skirt, use the cardigan add on pattern… it is a great pattern! Plus, due to the oversize fit, it is ridiculously easy to fit! It’s simple to make and can be whipped up in an hour or two. Do I need to go on??
So far this year, I have made two Nora’s. One was a T-shirt and one was more of a sweatshirt. One I’ve worn a million times already (may be a slight exaggeration) and the other I’ve worn just once.
The first Nora I made this year was a T-shirt style version with a round neck and 3/4 length sleeves. I lengthened the front piece so it was the same length as the back, which made it a long length Tshirt. I like a longer length.
The fabric was one of Tilly’s own fabrics – the black striped cotton jersey. It’s perfect for this project. I used a plain black ribbing fabric for the neckband. I like to use either a matching or co-ordinating rib fabric for neckbands as they have more stretch so make for a smoother, neater finish.
I love this T-shirt and it’s gotten a lot of wear so far. As I’ve said before, I love the fact it’s oversized. It definitely helps in the current climate where I’m eating more and moving less!
The next Nora I made was more of a sweatshirt one. I used a sparkly grey sweatshirt fleece. The fabric is gorgeous and as soon as I saw it, I thought ‘I need that in my life’. I initially wasn’t sure what to make but on a whim, decided I needed a sweatshirt version of Nora.
I made the stepped hem version (but lengthened the front slightly so it wasn’t as cropped) and made the high neck and 3/4 length sleeves. In theory, this was a great idea. In reality it’s not!
I think this is down to fabric choice. The fabric is too thick and doesn’t have enough stretch to be as comfortable as it should. It’s still wearable, but it’s not as enjoyable to wear as my other Noras. I should have made the round neck and maybe sized up to compensate for the thickness of the fabric.
Oh well, you live and learn! My next Nora is probably going to be made in a navy and white with a sparkly stripe cotton jersey!
My other 3 Noras!