My Sweater of the Season: The Nora Sweater

Hi friends!

Back in December I saw the cutest sweater knit fabric on Instagram (thanks @eloise.ezra). I HAD to have it! I immediately ordered it- 5 minutes within seeing it!

While waiting for my fabric to arrive from Fabmere Fabrics, I searched for the perfect pattern. I was in the middle of holiday baking, decorating, and preparations— and I just didn’t feel like hacking a pattern I already had to get what I wanted. And then – I found it!!! The Nora sweater from was perfect!

The one that started it all!

It has a perfect funnel neck – not as tight as a turtleneck and not as fussy as a cowl neck. I LOVED this sweater from the moment I put it on! It’s a comfy and trendy oversized sweater, but not too slouchy. I wore it over and over that first week- so I did what any sewist would do- I made a second one!

After the holidays, I lost my sewjo 🙁. I wanted to sew, but just couldn’t decide what fabric, what pattern and I felt I was being overwhelmed by my fabric stash and pattern choices -so I didn’t sew anything at all! I realized I just needed a quick project that I KNEW I was going to love, one I didn’t have to put too much thought into.

My Nora sweater pattern was still on my sewing table, and since I was STILL grabbing my Reindeer Sweater(which I now call my Moose Sweater so I can keep on wearing it 🤗) I knew it was just the sew I needed. So my mind was made up – a few new Nora sweaters would help find my sewjo.

I promptly made two new versions- EXACTLY like my first two.

This pattern has multiple options! I know I was boring and made all four of mine the same. You can mix and match them to create so many truly unique sweaters.

There are three necklines: scoop, crew and drawstring funnel. (Note: I didn’t use the drawstring for my versions, but I plan to in the future for a sportier version.) The pattern also offers two different hemlines: banded and side split. (Note: I shortened mine a few inches and skipped the split hem.)

The Nora is available in Ladies Misses and Plus sizes. Misses is available in sizes 00 -20 while Plus is available in sizes 14 – 36. I made the size 16 from the Plus size range as opposed to the Misses 16 since I have a fuller bust and hips. This way I didn’t need to make an FBA or grade out a size for my hips.

I HIGHLY recommend this pattern. If you’ve never sewn a pattern before you will love the “Complete Instruction Packet” that is included. It has tons of information perfect for beginners. If you’re not a beginner – I will admit there is a lot of info to scroll past – but this is information vital to beginners! As a retired FACS(Home Ec) teacher, I appreciate this info being out there for the many new sewists that never had the opportunity to learn in school. Custom fit tutorials are also included if you need them!

Version 1: The one that started it all! Reindeer Sweater Knit – Fabmere Fabrics

Version 2: Navy Star Brushed Pointelle Mily Mae Fabrics

Version 3: Purple Nordic Snowflake Sweater Knit Boho Fabrics

Version 4: Gray/ Sage Buffalo Check Alpaca Knit Mily Mae Fabrics

Thanks for stopping by!


The pattern and all fabrics were purchased by me. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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