14 October 2013

Pattern Puzzle - Hip Twist Top

You don't need to be a genius to see I am still enthralled by twists.  Perhaps they really suit the whole idea of the #PatternPuzzle.  This type of jersey twist is not so unusual in the fashion ranges at the moment.  The small and unusual detail of placing the twist off centre is very appealing if not a little clever.

Our #PatternPuzzle fans, new and returning, had this weird pattern shape worked out by lunch time with the final twist in the detail.  

If you'd like to learn my method for creating Twist Drape Patterns I have a detailed worksheet for making Jersey Twist Patterns. For just a few dollars you'll get the same training you'd get if you came to the workshop in my studio.

Yes, the pattern piece is upside-down and it is the front of the top only.


The pattern plan below is based on our close fitting jersey block with a cap sleeve extension, boat neckline and a slight angle to the hemline.  The drape in set on the right side of the garment near the high hip where the detail is placed on a seam line to make the twist possible.



The safest and sanest way to get this pattern to work for you is to number each of the sections of the block to be cut and moved.  Glue these pieces to another piece of paper as soon as you have them laid out like the sketch below and making some sense for you.  There is a similar style in the Pattern Magic book on page 67 that helped me understand what I was doing.  The idea itself is not complicated, to open up the garment to get extra drape, however the asymmetric nature of the style makes it just that little bit harder.


The back of this top is very simple and reflects many of the features from the front - capped sleeve, boat neckline and asymmetric hem.  


Often the simple styles are the hardest to cut well.  The making in this top is not so complicated as much of the hard work is in the pattern making.  I am hoping for the opportunity to cut at least a rough toile sometime this week.

Anyone care to join me?

11 comments:

  1. This one looks quite difficult - but the results are stunning. Looking forward to Saturday's workshop.

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  2. Yes it did bend my head a little but I won in the end. I do love a good challenge. Saturday's Tailored Jackets will be great. Really looking forward to it. :)

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  3. How would one make a skirt that looks like this top, in other words with the twist at the hem of the skirt? I think it would look very stylish.

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  4. Hi Sharon. Are you after pattern making or sewing instructions? If it's about the pattern you could apply the same as above on a front skirt block. Re sewing, that could only be explained with a photo tutorial including step by step instructions. Sorry I don't have that for you. :-/ Maybe one day I will get a chance to sew all the pattern puzzles. Fingers crossed! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the reply. Actually, I was simply interested in the pattern making. I was not sure if the twist would be transposed onto the skirt front pattern block. Many thanks!

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    2. Hi Sharon. Had a quick look at this skirt issue and wondered if you have a picture of what you are after? Not as straight forward as I thought and a photo or sketch would help me work it out. :)

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    3. This is the skirt that has been keeping me up nights! It seems like it should be simple, but I can't quite get it: http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/cuttingwork/IMG_1220_resize.JPG

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    4. Great, now I have something solid to work with it should be easier. Will let you know how I go. Thx :)

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    5. Thank you so much! This has just been boggling me!

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    6. Hey Sharon, details in the latest blog post for two twist style skirts. :)

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  5. No problem. I think the only real difference is that the seam might be in a different place on the skirt. Let me know how you go.

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