Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sew Twists and Ties: Cropped Nottingham Top

My second Sew Twists and Ties project!

This is the Itch to Stitch Nottingham top, which features a twisted knot in the front, and three sleeve option (long, elbow short length and butterfly).

You might be asking: didn't you make a Nottingham Top last year during #SewTwistsandTies, Meg? Yes, yes, I did make this pattern last year, and really like it. But I wanted to make some tweaks, fit-wise. First, the shoulders on that version are a bit wide. And although I love that sweater, the body feels a bit long, hitting me at my my widest spot at my hip.

My previous version of the Nottingham Top was a straight size 16. For this version, I went down a size in the shoulders, to a size 14. I cut the sleeves at a sort of in-between 3/4 length.

Also, in a more dramatic change, I shortened the whole body by 3". This change was very much inspired by Keira (Island Sewcialists)'s smoking hot version. Now the front horizontal seam hits more at my waist and the somewhat cropped top pairs well with high waist pants and skirts! Overall, I think the proportions are better for me this way.

The fabric I used is a French terry- maybe a bamboo or rayon and lycra blend? Drapey and soft, nice stretch and recovery. It's been in my stash for several years now; I think I originally got it from Imagine Gnats.

I think this slighted hacked version of the Nottingham Top turned out great! I really like the cropped look; and think it will look cute with highwaisted jeans, or with a slim skirt. I feel like the proportions here are working!

Worth snapping these photos in the freezing rain/snow!!!: