The Hip Twist Top has been a favourite Pattern Puzzle post for many years. This sewing pattern has a more relaxed fit than the original blog post. It is based on an oversized tee-shirt pattern that I have been using for many years.
The pattern and the design suit two-way stretch knits best, where the fabric has some elastane (Lycra, Spandex) content. The design has the twist placed in the high hip area with an option to add extra length if you prefer a longer top. If you’re cutting with a one-way stretch (two-way stretch US) knit fabric it’s possible that you won’t necessarily get the same soft drape around the high hip area.
My PDF block and pattern downloads can be printed as A0 or 36” plotter print at your local print shop or as A4/letter at home. Please be sure when you go to the print shop or print at home that you select for printing at ‘actual size’ with ‘no scaling’, or at 100%. This will make sure your pattern is printed at the correct size.
Your download will include 2 PDF documents:
- The PDF of the pattern in the print size you have selected (A0, Plotter or A4/letter).
- A PDF photo tutorial of sewing instructions (22 page PDF) including fabric usage chart, lay-plans, pattern measurements and size chart.
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Hip Twist Top Features:
Imagine your most comfy tee-shirt you own then add a quirky twist detail. The pattern as downloaded finishes around the mid to high hip level with a soft blouson effect in the high hip area. There are specific length alteration lines printed on the pattern for anyone that would like to make a longer style tee-shirt. The sleeve length is mid-bicep and could be lengthen should you desire it. The back length for this tee is a between 60-67cm and sits just above the hip line.
Where do I start:
The first order of business is to select your closest size and begin the process of fitting this skirt to your own measurements. The range of sizes on offer relates to my size charts.
Cut your closest size in a similar fabric for first fittings and make any necessary adjustments for personal fit. Once you have achieved a good personal fit you will be ready to cut in your final fabric. I always recommend making a sample or toile garment in calico before cutting your precious and final fabric. The bust measurement on the pattern has a great deal of ease compared to the size chart. If you’d prefer a tighter fit in your Hip Twist top, then using a pattern that is one or two sizes up from your body measurements should give you a closer fit.
Take a little time to select the knit fabric you use for cutting your first sample. I strongly recommend that you use a two-way stretch (four-way stretch US) knit fabric to get the best fit out of this pattern. If you’re planning on using a one-way stretch (two-way stretch US) knit then I’d like to suggest you go up one size to achieve a comfortable fit. If you’re planning on cutting my favourite style of tee and intend to combine a print with a plain, then do your best to make sure both fabrics have the same behaviour so they work well together. And one of my favourite outfit combinations with this tee-shirt is my Drape Tube Skirt
or the Pencil Skirt.
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