27 March 2014

JERSEY TWIST DRESS - Sampled!

The Jersey Twist #PatternPuzzle is being tested by Janine Kroes enina-j for her new 'Dress to Impress' office wear, Enina-j collection.


What I love about finding willing pattern makers to test our pattern making instructions is that we can focus on being the best possible writers of pattern making instructions.

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.


We think our job is to understand new fashion trends and offer the technical detail for our fans to cut their own patterns.


Finding willing pattern makers as testers is gold.  They can prove the pattern instructions, find the faults and report on their experience.  The best possible reference in the 'verse.


We just love the colour Janine chose for her first sample.  Not only a favourite colour but a great colour for photography and of course for these posts.


Fabulous outcome for the first sample.  No alterations made yet and simply waiting on the sleeve to be inserted.


And it works!  Thx so much to Janine for all her efforts in proving these pattern instructions.


To follow are some photographs of Janine sewing her second sample.  She has generously recorded the process for us.  

Laying up the pattern, front and back, on the sample cloth.

 The three main pieces for the dress, plus don't forget the neck bind!

Open up the front of the dress, right side up.  The openings on the left and right are the waist seams.  They will sew together after the front is twisted.

 Twist the bottom right piece under the bottom left piece and over.  Sew the waist seams as far as you can into the twist.

With the waist seam complete, now join the CF seam below the waist, sewing as far into the twist as you can.

If you have a CB seam, sew this together, then sew the shoulder and side seams.

The body of the dress is ready for the sleeves and the neck bind.

The Jersey twist dress complete!

Let me know if you have any questions by email or in the comments below. 
Enjoy :)


15 comments:

  1. Ah, so that is how the twist is done! Thanks for making these posts. Very interesting.

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    1. So glad you like it. Hoping to feature more construction for these fabulous twists. Thx :)

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  2. I am a novice at pattern drafting but I want to try this. How many cms are the triangles' bases that you added in the front? Also how past the center front line do the slashes extend? The dress looks fabulous so I am inspired to try this.

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    1. Hi MaryHelen. Firstly the slashes are about 4-5cm past the CF line. It is important they cross over like the twist does. I don't have a specific measurement for the base of the triangles. What I do is cut the all the slashes open, make sure the CF seam is at least a couple of 1.5-2cm from the CF line. I keep the waist seam opening together with a small amount of extra (3cm) for the twist and I also keep the side seams together. Once you do this the triangles make a clean shape. Sorry that seems like a lot. Please come back to me with questions if I'm not clear. :)

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    2. This was very well illustrated, thanks. Can you please shed some more light on your response to MaryHelen. My finished garment puckered out quite a bit between the twist and the CF hem. Will any measurement change if I'm making it with chiffon fabric?

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    3. Hi Abi, thanks for dropping by. This design is for two-way stretch knit fabric only. Most likely not successful if your knit is one-way stretch and I would not recommend using woven fabric like the chiffon at all. If your CF seam is puckering it may be stitch tension or the fit of that lower CF seam. I use notches (matching marks) in the pattern on the front seams to make sure they are sewn together in the right place. Other than that I'm not sure what else would cause puckering. Are you able to email me some photos? It may help for a more precise response. Thx Anita enquiries@studiofaro.com

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  3. I really enjoyed seeing the whole process after going through the pattern puzzle. I think you should do a sleeveless version as well!

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    1. Hi Julie. Yes this dress has much potential. I would love to see a print jersey version, probably sleeveless for summer. :)

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  4. Great instructions. I really enjoyed the workshop on Sunday - I've added the dress twist version to my sewing list.

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    1. That sounds fabulous. Can hardly wait to see your post. Loved the panelled dress in your recent post. I think it's the first time that pattern exercise has gone to sample. Beautiful work. :)

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    1. Thx Jane. :) Do you think you will try this one?

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  6. Please I still don't understand how this is done, can you please share a video? Thanks in anticipation

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    1. Hi Marian, thanks for dropping by. I'm gradually making more teaching materials for online but it takes much longer than I ever imagined. I will make a video for this design soon. :)

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