19 July 2013

Pattern Magic Twist - 'nejiri' II

In this second stage the 'nejiri' Twist evolves into something new.  The pattern making workshops at Studio Faro cover this exciting area of Jersey Twists.  Go to the website and have a look at the exciting workshops coming up in September and October.

Continuing on from the earlier photo tutorial post about my investigations into yet more twist patterns.  It's important to remember that the success of these twists depends on using two-way stretch knit.  Both the existing toils in this test are merino and merino blends with elastane.

Recapping on the last stage reported:
Alterations to the first sample included reducing the upper body length to refine the drape and tightening the hip fit so the twist will stay in place.  

For my wearer trial I found that very quickly (first 30 mins) the seams migrate back to the twisted position and you find you are constantly having to push them back into place to maintain the twist.  This is why the book suggests you add elastic to the hem to keep the twist in place.  However I would prefer my clothes stayed in place without a lot of handling - so back to the drawing board.

The first pattern alterations were removing extra width from the hips:

I then traced a clean copy of the pattern shape x 2 (remember the front and back are exactly the same in this style) so I can make the upper body alterations.

Then reducing the length of the pattern through the upper body:

Once altered I joined the back and front together at the hem.  My idea here was to use the 'nejiri' twist style with the concept from my earlier Off-the-Shoulder twist top.

To make this work the top has to be cut double.  The unusual shape of the pattern forces me to mess with the original grain line on the CF.  The only way I can fit the pattern to the fabric pushes the grain so that the CF is now almost on the bias.  However I have no idea what impact this may have until the second toile is made.  

Sewing this toile is really straight forward - you sew along the seams as they are together in the cutting (fabric already right sides together), then pull one top over the other and join the neck and hem edges.

Now finally we have a second toile and I am generally pleased with the results.  
The fit is better now that the length is reduced in the upper body and twist is held by the double layer.

My last thoughts are that I will need to find a way to finish the neck edge nicely from the inside.  I think it will be one of those fabulous machinists tricks that I know so little about!  And I have't even begun to think about how I might grade this style???

Please feel free to comment and send your questions via email if your prefer.  Let me know if you're interested in seeing more on this particular idea or any of the other Pattern Puzzle ideas on the blog.
Enjoy :)

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