Nottingham Top Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

(11 customer reviews)


The Nottingham Top gives the ordinary a twist, literally! Featuring a twisted knot in the front, the Nottingham has a relaxed fit bodice with three sleeve options—long sleeve, elbow short sleeve and butterfly sleeve. It’s a super comfy, casual knit top that looks fabulous with pants or skirt.

Nottingham Top Features:

  • Front, off-centered, twisted knot
  • Relaxed fit bodice
  • Scoop neck with neckband
  • Three sleeve options—long sleeve, elbow short sleeve and butterfly sleeve

Skill Level: Beginner+

Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

Don’t want to print and tape paper together? The Nottingham Top pattern now includes an additional large format file (size A0 paper) that you can send to your print shop to print!

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Number of pattern pages: 33

Number of instruction pages: 13

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Size Chart

Nottingham Top PDF Sewing Pattern Body and Finished Garment Measurements

Choosing Your Size

  1. Compare your bust circumference (widest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your bust best. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size.
  2. Compare your waist circumference (narrowest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your waist best. If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size.
  3. Compare your hip circumference (widest part) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your hip best. If you are in between sizes, choose the smaller size.
  4. It’s OK to use different sizes for the waist and hip. See instructions for details.
  5. If you are taller or shorter than 5’6” (168 cm), you should consider lengthening or shortening the skirt. See instructions for details.

I highly recommend that you check your fit by making a test garment with inexpensive fabric that has similar weight, stretch and drape as your final garment fabric.


Primary Fabric Use a light to medium weight knit fabric with at least 75% vertical and horizontal stretch. Fabric with good drape, such as one with rayon or bamboo content, is ideal. Note that the wrong side of the fabric could peek out below the knot and also in the butterfly sleeve; therefore, use fabric whose wrong side has similar color to the right side.

Other Materials

  • 10" (25 cm) of 3/8" or 1/2" (1 cm or 1.25 cm)-wide straight fusible stay tape (or you may cut your own using lightweight woven fusible interfacing on the straight grain)

Fabric Requirements

Most natural fibers shrink in the wash; be sure to have enough fabric. The requirements below assume that the fabric is already pre-shrunk.


Nottingham Top PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Imperial


Nottingham Top PDF Sewing Pattern Fabric Requirements Metric 

11 reviews for Nottingham Top Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF)

  1. Maria (verified owner)

    As with all Itch to Stitch patterns, the finished item fit me perfectly with only a few fitting adjustments. I am working on modifying the pattern to accomodate my daughter’s pregnancy and I believe it will be an easy modification.

  2. Mette (verified owner)

    Easy to follow. Nice resault.

  3. Frances (verified owner)

    Love this design. It was well drafted and fits great. The directions for the knot were a little confusing, however. I wound up partially sewing the left extension, then inserting the right extension and completing the front.

  4. (verified owner)

    I thought the top was very pretty. The instructions we simple and easy to follow. I see several more of these in my future.

  5. Yvonne (verified owner)

    I have made this top twice in two weeks since I bought it. Fabulous fit easy to follow instructions. I Highly recommend it. Lots of compliments also.

  6. Rita (verified owner)

    Well drafted,great fit.

  7. Anonymous (verified owner)

    It turned way too baggy on me, both at the back, front and bust area and then too tight on the arms!

  8. Judith (verified owner)

    As usual, a great pattern and superb fit.

  9. Margaret (verified owner)

    Perfect tee for me and I was born in Nottingham!

  10. Kathy Schuller (verified owner)

    A very nice top which came together easily. I found the fabric above the knot bulges a bit but that was mainly because I should have shortened the top a little which I will do next time. Apart from the length the top fits beautifully.

  11. marahhulse (verified owner)

    I cannot tell you how much I love this pattern! It looks complicated and yet it is really easy to make a gorgeous comfortable top with Nottingham. The pattern is well drafted with all the markings and clear instructions that take you step by step through sewing that beautiful draped knot front. I grabbed this pattern during release week I believe and have worn my first version so much I am cutting out one for my sister and another for me. It is one of those tops you put on and think “Oh I love this, so cute, so comfortable! I need another” that being said. I was not a tester for this pattern, or compensated in any way for making it. I just love the pattern.

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