Nora Top

Tilly and the Buttons


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Buy the Nora Top sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. This quick and easy 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. Choose from a slouchy high neck or narrow neckband; short, elbow-length or extra-long sleeves; longline hem or cropped and stepped deep hem with side splits. Once you make one, you’ll be hooked!

The Nora pattern includes jargon-busting instructions, helpful sewing tips, and colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

What we think: Such a cosy knit top with an on-trend shape. We can just imagine whipping up a few of these for winter nights in sipping tea and curled up on the sofa.

Suggested fabrics: Light- to medium-weight knit fabric with at least 10% crosswise stretch, such as jersey, interlock, ponte, sweater knits or stretch velvet. Tip: Buy a bit extra and prewash it to allow for shrinkage before cutting.

Fabric requirements:

Short sleeve round neck: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 1.1 m (1 1/4 yards) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 1.9 m (2 1/8 yards)

Elbow-length sleeve round neck: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 1.3 m (1 1/2 yards) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 2 m (2 1/4 yards)

Long sleeve high neck: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 1.5 m (1 5/8 yards) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 2.5 m (2 3/4 yards)

Sizing: 1 – 8 (UK 6 – 20). Please check the size chart.

Notions: Matching thread; optional: 0.3 m (3/8 yard) ribbing for narrow neckband (or use main fabric); 0.3 m (3/8 yard) of 6-9 mm (1/4″) satin ribbon, stay tape, clear elastic or strips of knit interfacing; ballpoint needle for your sewing machine; optional: overlocker (serger).

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information


Jersey / Knits / Scuba

Make time

Half a day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

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