Have you ever regretted that you did not buy 2 of the same certain top instead of 1 because it turned out to be your favorite? Styles are constantly changing and it is impossible to find exactly the same ones. When your favorite top become old and it is a time to throw out, “dissect it” so you can recreate! Today, I would like to give you a tutorial of this stylish twisted front top. You will be surprised it is not as difficult as you think!
Here are patterns you will need. When you cut a fabric, you will need to cut a pair of front pieces and sleeve pieces both in mirror image . Total of 6 pieces of fabric is all you need(1.5 cm seam allowances are included in all pieces). I recommend you use your existing shirt to trace curve part of arms for accuracy.
Here is the measurement detail of the pattern pieces I created (Women’s Medium). I made my sleeve to be “Elbow” length here but you can adjust your sleeve length to your preference. All you need is a regular sewing machine but I do recommend using the TWIN NEEDLE to stitch stretchy fabric. You can buy the TWIN NEEDLE in most sewing supply stores and it allows stitches to stretch without breaking. If you want to learn more detail about how to use TWIN NEEDLE, Click HERE
This is the Twin needle. It is universal and you just need to replace a regular single needle with this. Make sure to use straight stitch (Not Zigzag). Front side comes out with straight stitch line and the back side comes out with Zigzag (See step #3). It works like magic on Stretchy fabrics
1. Fold neck strip in half lengthwise, wrong side facing in, and press.
2. Pin strip to back neck edge, right sides facing, matching raw edges. Stitch strip in place (3/8″ or 1cm from the edge) Trim seam allowances and clip curves.
Neck is all attached!
6. Fold right front along center front ( slit center), right side facing in. Stitch edges together (White dotted line) leaving 6/8″ (2cm) from the end. (Leaving a 2cm opening here is critical to let the other side of the fabric go through to make a twist (knot).
View from the other side after left front side is pulled through. Now put two red lines together (right side facing) and stitch them
Note: Sleeves are shorter than the one I am wearing in the first picture because I did not have enough fabric left to make them the elbow length for this one: )