PIN & SEW MAKES: Monstera Jersey Nora Top

Hi, I’m Louise from @louisevictoriaking, also one third of @patternpals vlog. I am so pleased to be asked to write a blog post for Pin and Sew.
As I have never wrote a blog post before, I hope I don’t disappoint.
I am defiantly feeling like I am channeling a more tropical weather with my fabric choice for this make. This gorgeous Monstera Leaf Jersey in dusky pink caught my eye when I was looking through the website, I knew it was the one for me and that I wanted to make a Tilly and the Buttons', Nora Top out of it.

pattern pals nora top review

When the fabric arrived, it came in a brown paper parcel with the Pin and Sew sticker signifying that lovely fabric was within. Once unwrapped the fabric is tied up with a lovely, printed ribbon along with a note which is a nice touch.

The fabric itself is a lovely soft medium light weight cotton jersey. It has a good stretch and recovery, it washed really well. Because of this the fabric is a delight to touch, cut and sew. I am always a fan of a leaf print. My wardrobe and stash is full of them. White and dark teal leaf that make up the print look like paper cut outs, which standout nicely against the dusky pink base colour. I also think the simple graphic nature of the print works very well to a boxy top like Nora.


As for Tilly and the Buttons' Nora pattern, with its three variations makes it a nice versatile basics pattern. I have been wanting to make it since it was released so it is great that I finally found the right fabric for it. I decided to make the elbow-length sleeve round neck version with the added finish of the stepped hem. As I felt it was the version I would get the most wear out, as it would look good both dressed up and day to day.
It was a nice quick make, the instructions where easy to follow. Something that Tilly and the Button does particularly well is provide clear instructions and images. So even if you did get stuck, the image will help you get back on track easily. I would defiantly recommend this pattern weather you’re a beginner or experienced sewer and I will be making it again.

One of the instructions for Nora is to stabilise the shoulder seam with ribbon, stay tape, elastic etc. I would usually use stay tape as I didn’t realise you could use ribbon in its place. I decided it would be nice to use the Pin and Sew ribbon as a nice nod to where the fabric is from. It worked well I definitely like to try out the top tip in the instructions of using coloured sateen ribbon for that extra colour pop.

So to sum up I think you can tell, I am really happy with how this make turned out. I love it from the front to the back. It is a great new addition to my me made wardrobe as it is such a nice wearable basic which will work really well in my day to day life as well as dressed up for a night out.

Louise x

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