Asymmetric Jersey Top

Asymmetric Jersey Top

The sketch below is trend research from 2009 for knitwear, Summer 2011.  I’m usually not a fan of overtly asymmetric cutting and will always feel a little odd if one sleeve is so much shorter than the other.  But with this design, I am strangely compelled to give it a chance.

I think it may look interesting using different knits for each of the panels.


While I was planning the pattern puzzle I decided to make it interesting by eliminating some of the seams.
The pattern plan below is based on my jersey kimono block.   The red style lines are for the front and the green lines are for the back.  When tracing the pattern pieces I place front and back pieces together along the lines where I am eliminating the seams.
Set out below are the pattern pieces with labels to help you make sense of the strange shapes.
In total there are only three main pattern pieces plus bind trim for the neckline and armholes (not included here).
Below I have aligned all the front sections to create a clearer picture.
And the diagram below has all the back sections set up so you can see how they go together.
This top would be made in stable knit (no elastane) single knit jersey.  A loose fit in the body of the garment is recommended for this top, with a tighter fit on the hip to hold it in place.
Let me know if you have any questions about this pattern.  If you’d like to buy a copy of these pattern making notes for your own personal use at home you’ll find them here:  Asymmetric Jersey Top – Pattern Making Instructions

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