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Seeking Twist Top Pattern

moski | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone know of a twist top pattern?  Thanks in advance!


  1. mimi | | #1

    Not sure what you mean.  Please provide more information :)


    1. moski | | #2

      Something like this:


      I would prefe a top, not a dress and apparently this one is out of print...

      1. carolfresia | | #3


        I actually used that pattern to make a top--I just shortened it to the length I wanted, and it was fine. Did you check your local fabric store? I bought it about a month or so ago--and although it's listed on the McCall's site as out-of-print, there might be one lurking in the drawer...otherwise you can order from McCall's, I believe.

        This is quite a flattering style, and pretty quick to make. Hope you find the pattern and can give it a try! Mine is sleeveless, but I'm thinking it would be a great "transition" dress or top with long sleeves.


      2. creatives | | #17

        Check out Burda 8227 at http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=9594  you may have to change/add  sleeves of your choice and as well as the "belt" at the empire seam...  Also, this is a woven fabric pattern, not for knits as in your example. Hope this helps.

        1. mem | | #18

          That isnt twisted, though it is very nice.

  2. eauinaz | | #4

    the burda magazine had a pattern like this I think in May or June. There was quite a bit of info on it at patternreview.com

  3. mem1 | | #5

    Hello , I asked the same thing a while ago and ended up buying one and pulling it appart.I actually have a whole collection of cheap tops which I have pulled appart .It is a difficult concept to write about and even visually its a bit of a mystery . They are very interesting though and I have asked fo an article about them as they are very flattering to  most people I think.The variety of types of twists is surprising. Regard Marianne


    1. SewNancy | | #6

      I made the Burda wof twist top. It is not hard, but it is not like the one that I bought. A ton of people made this top and posted pix on Pattern review that you can see. I adjusted for a full bust and lengthened the straps.

      1. mem1 | | #7

        I agree that they arent hard to make at all its just a mystery to me as tyo how one gets from a basic bodice block to a completely differnt pattern piece. The Burda one is a relatively simple variation though and a very nice design.I would love a pattern maker to show us the principles of gainiong a twist.

        1. liselaure | | #12

          Hello Marianne!

          As I already wrote you in post 3818.3, several twist patterns are developed in "New Fashion Areas for Designing Apparel through the Flat Pattern". I have just taken a new look at them. I really think that studying them would give you enough knowledge to draft your own variations. Did you try to get this book, from a library for instance.


          1. mem1 | | #14

            No. Our libray is rather limited but I might try the state Libray and see if they have it. This is the one by Kopp isnt it?

            I ended up buying a cheap top and then unpulling it and this has proved usefull in actually getting one and I have aquoired a few more . I have even asked a friend to keep one for me that she is presently wearing. I just think that it is a very interesting topic as it is a very different way of removing fullness from a flat pattern.  If I wasnt working full time and the mother of 3 children i would do a real study of this and submit an article to Threads .

            Regards Marianne in Australia.

          2. liselaure | | #15

            Hello Marianne,

            Yes, it's the book by Kopp. I agree it's a really interesting topic. I am sure that the readers of Threads would love an article about it. Not only twists (and gathered fronts) are everywhere now (at least they are here in Switzerland and I saw many in Canada where I was not long ago), but it's difficult to find information about them.

            Good luck with the library!


          3. mem | | #16

            I might just buy the book !! It sis an interesting topic and one I havent seen covered anywhere else . HInt hint   Carol.

      2. moski | | #8

        Well, thanks to everyone who responded to my query.  Now I need to find a back issue of the Burday WOF April '05 so I can get the twist top pattern. 

        My local fabric store doesn't have it and the distributor is all out.  Any ideas?

        Thanks in advance...

        1. mimi | | #9

          Try contacting [email protected], the distibuter of the magazines in the US.


          1. moski | | #10

            I did try the US distributor - they have no back issues for WOF '05 - they sold out!


          2. foxfyreutk | | #11

            You might try posting on different forums (sewing,about.com or quilting.about.com come to mind) or checking eBay. People are willing to sell just about anything!! Or simply try putting the mag name into a search engine (my favorite is dogpile) and see what comes up. I can't believe EVERY retailer in the US that carries that mag sold out that issue!!

            Good luck your hunt, Marlene

  4. mimi | | #13

    Have you tried the Pattern Review site?  Someone may have one that they are willing to part with.  http://www.patternreview.com


  5. SewNancy | | #19

    Just looking through Neue Mode patterns on http://www.thesewingplace.com website and they have a very nice twist top M23258
    See if this is what you have in mind. I have sewn their patterns in the past and they fit very well. Decent instructions, no seam allowances.

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