Posted on Friday the 8th November 2019 by Jessalli Handmade
This month’s post is another ‘back to basics’ garment. I am consciously trying to make things I’m reaching for everyday. More wear, means better value. The pattern I chose for this month’s post is the Nora Top by Tilly and the Buttons
. Again! This is my 7th Nora Top. They’re easy to wear, easy to customise, and they’re quick to make.
You know how much I rave about Tilly’s patterns. They’re easy to follow, straightforward and everything is explained clearly and concisely. For this particular version I did the small neckband, Long length sleeves and mid length hem. I wanted a top I can wear normally and tuck into trousers. The cropped version of the pattern is a little too short to tuck in easily. I love the long, floppy sleeves in this pattern, they’re so cosy to wear now it’s getting cooler.
The fabric I chose was this Viscose Jersey Knit
in Navy Blue Stripe. I cannot tell you how beautifully soft and drapey it is. It’s light but with a lovely warmth and thickness to it. I did an awful job on stripe matching for this project, I made it on a rainy day in the studio as I was desperate to wear it. I did rush making it in the time I had, so entirely my own fault. I was annoyed with myself but then I put it on, and I forgot about the bad bits because it was so, so comfy.
In terms of modification, I chose the style features I mentioned before, and the only adjustment to the original pattern I made was to make the neck hole a bit bigger. I therefore cut the neckband bigger too. I wanted it slightly lower, the classic Nora has a high T-shirt neckline. I traced out a lower neckline to my size and increased the neckband length by 1.5cm. I’m really happy with the effect such a tiny adjustment makes.
So my summary; You need the Nora Pattern in your stash whatever. It’s a great staple item and can be easily tailored and modified to make it your own. If you’re a beginner with stretch fabric, maybe try something a little more sturdy before you try and make something with this fabric as it’s slippery and soft. But if you’re quite confident you’ll absolutely adore this fabric.
I really hope you like what I’ve made this month, I’ve been wearing it so much. I urge you to buy this fabric! You won’t regret it.
Happy Handmade everyone!