17 March 2014

Pattern Puzzle - Jersey Twist Dress

To begin I must apologise for the accidental post on Saturday afternoon.  Here we have the complete post with all the detail for this weeks puzzle.

There was a great conversation around the #PatternPuzzle last Saturday on our FB page.  The final but essential clue of a CF twist was offered by Renee Bock to complete the puzzle.  This style is in many ways very similar to previous puzzles featuring twists.  A full list of similar styles, with links, is featured at the end of this post.

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.

The pattern shape posted on Saturday (below) is half of the front dress pattern, upside-down.

Starting with the pattern plan, the focus of the twist is featured on the front dress, placed just below the waist.  Here I have used a close-fitting knit block for two-way stretch jersey.  Once you decide where the twist is to be located, mark the turnaround point, connected to the waist seam, to make sure you leave some space to twist the fabric before sewing.  Waist shaping has been added to the CB waist and the side seams have been tapered toward the hem.  Shorten the sleeve to a three-quarter length.

Opening up the front pattern to include the extra drape fabric is featured below.  Most important in making this pattern shape is to open up the space at the CF to allow for the separate lower front pieces to twist before sewing.  How much fabric you add will determine the amount of drape in the twist.

The full pattern shape for the front dress below shows the lower front portions of the dress that are twisted before sewing the waist and CF seams.

Addendum:  Check out our Jersey Twist Dress Sampled! post.  :)

This latest style is very much like the Hip Twist Top:
A twist in the hemline of this top is slightly asymmetric - Hip Twist Top

The variety of twist patterns featured on this blog shows us that there are many different ways to use twist techniques in pattern making and that the results are always interesting.

At least six other very different styles on this blog featuring different twist techniques:
A twist in the hemline - Twist Tunic
Single and double twists in the hemline of a skirt - Two Twist Skirts
A single twist in the bodice - Twist & Turnback Top
A twist between the main skirt and the waistband - Skirt Twist
Single twists at shoulder and hip in this elegant dress - The Two Twist Jersey Dress
A single twist in the back of this casual knit top - Twist Jumper



  1. Anita....please send me your email address So I can send you pictures of the one I made with this tutorial

    1. I would love to see your version of this dress. :) email: enquiries@studiofaro.com Thanks for getting in touch.

  2. Mi piace molto questo modello ma vorrei fare un abito con lo stesso drappeggio ma con scollatura a V che termina su incrocio della vita. Come dovrei modificare il vostro cartamodello? Poi la tacca sul taglio centrale dove ruoteranno le due parti indica il punto vita? Grazie

    1. HI Gabriella, thanks for dropping by. I think you can add a V neck without changing any of the other features in the pattern. Have a look at this post. It have a V neck - http://www.studiofaro.com/well-suited/pattern-insights-jersey-twist-patterns
      HI Gabriella, grazie per l'abbandono da parte. Penso che si possa aggiungere un collo a V senza modificare nessuna delle altre caratteristiche del modello. Date un'occhiata a questo post. Si ha un collo a V

  3. H anita kudos to ur gud wrks and your inspiration luv ur pattern puzzles,v bn solving sum n its amazing,found out dis blog tho not too long ago,anyways the twistjersy dress pattern is turning out to be my headache,drafted my own pattern bt cant seem to get d shape at the cf.was it cut off to fit better or is it parrt of the whole pattern,am i doin sumtin wrong cos am getting sumtin straight and not a curve like yours,, pls help

    1. Hi Nems, thx for getting in touch. If you look at the sewing post you might understand more: http://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/jersey-twist-dress-sampled.html There is a link in the post above. :)

  4. Hello,ann,pls i need help asap,n i must try dis,infact i have to try dis,my problem is with how to slash into the lines without sum of the pieces falling off,n the center seam line i get it straight n not curved as urs.wat am i doing wrg, plssssss help out

    1. Hi Nems, Have you looked at the sample post: http://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/jersey-twist-dress-sampled.html All pieces become one before cutting fabric. Hope this helps. :)

  5. Thanks anita,got it ,will bee showing u my sample soon,now that i have gotten the patterns right