Nora mark two.

Having finished one Nora, it didn’t take me long to get the second one done. There’s an irony, however, that the weather this week has not really called for cosy wear exactly. Even in the northeast the sun has shone, the days have been warm, the layers are coming off.

Oh well! I did wear it for a family gathering on Sunday ( the doors were open!), but if it doesn’t get cold enough again, I have it all ready for next Autumn. What am I saying???? It’s only February! Of course it will be cold enough again before the summer. I live in the North of England, for goodness sake. I expect to have lots of opportunities for wearing it.


So here it is. Made up in the beautiful dandelion print fleece backed jersey, from 1st for Fabrics, which I got for Christmas. Isn’t it gorgeous??


There’s not much to say which is different from last time.

I cut size 6 again and sewed a 4cm seam allowance so that it wouldn’t be too oversized. I went ahead with the adjustments I intended to make – a narrower tighter neckband, stepped hem and split, but because this is a heavier weight jersey, the neck band being tighter didn’t work. I couldn’t actually get it over my head comfortably. πŸ˜‚ So I had to cut another one. (Fortunately there was enough fabric left. Phew!)

I did make the band narrower, however, which did work.


Here you can see the stepped hem with split.

And I had fun with some extra topstitching.

I love it!


As you can see, I now have an outdoor location for photos, but the silly expression is a reaction to the first time I have used voice command to take the photo! I think I should practise!

I think I should join the ranks of people who cut out in batches, because I tend to go into a “can’t be bothered” couple of days when I have finished something. I mooch about not being able to decide what to do. Procrastinating! I finished this last week, but I have only just got the mojo back to think about what to do next, where I read about other people just moving from one thing to another without pause.

Anyway, I did give myself a virtual kick, and I cut something out today. I haven’t cut out in batches up to now, but maybe I should cut out something else before I start sewing.



11 thoughts on “Nora mark two.

  1. The top looks very cozy, and I love the print. I was trying to figure out what you did for your parallel topstitching which looks perfect – was that sewn with a twin needle or is that a special stitch?


    1. I have used a twin needle with other projects but this time I hadn’t originally planned to to two rows. The second row was done to avoid too much curling of the fabric underneath. I just followed the width of the foot as I sewed. Thank you for saying that it looks perfect. 😁😁

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  2. Great top. I love split hems too and the fabric is fabulous. Yes, I think taking snaps of yourself is always a bit strange – but voice activated is definitely moving with the times, I just take mine on the timer – then move before it’s taken the photo!


    1. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      I just heard about voice activation very recently and then discovered that I could do it with my own phone. I used to use the timer too. This is the first go with the voice. Note to self…… keep smiling! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  3. Gosh when this pattern came out I really thought Yuk but this (yours) is lovely and I agree fabric and sizing (especially) seems to be key. Your top looks beautiful. Don’t worry about the photos … you look absolutely fine….and great picture of the garment.


    1. Oh Thank you so much ! I have to admit that I had exactly the same reaction initially. It was when I saw different versions made up by different people that I could see it’s potential. I would be happy to have a baggier version as well, but not as baggy as the original. I looked at going down a size, but then the neck band would have been too tight. It’s great having encouraging comments like this ! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜

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