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Twist top–Knip mode

The twist top is regularly seen since (I think) the famous Burda twist top from 2004. Some don’t like a twist top anymore, but October Knip mode issue showed an asymmetrical version that I quite liked. This time a few clear pictures in the magazine as well Glimlach. And I needed them to get my head round the construction. It was not the twist itself that gave me problems, but the way the upper part was folded to the right side of the top.

It will have been me, but it took me several times pinning the side seam till it was right and I could sew it. I changed the order of construction a bit so that I could insert the sleeves flat  and sew the sleeve and side seam in one pass. Sometimes the easy things prove to be more difficult than you think.


On the Knip mode site there are instructions for making this and there are some good and some bad points:

There are actual photos, using (partially) different colored fabrics (positive). One of the fabrics used was a black polka dot fabric, and we all know that black doesn’t show well in photos (negative). The top and bottom part were both from the same black fabric, which made it difficult to see (negative). There are 9 pages of instructions, making it a step by step series (positive), but each page is a separate file to download and each file (1 page!) is 20MB, which is extremely large. Knip mode obviously didn’t compress the size of the photos.

The shirt still needs hemming, for now two pictures on the dressform.



  1. ohhhh I do like that looks great.

  2. What a very nice asymmetrical twist top you have, after all of that effort! I'm going out to look for this issue to see if it's still on the newsstands. Bedankt!

  3. Ik heb het shirt ook pas gemaakt (als proefmodel met korte mouwen) en ik heb ook in dezelfde volgorde als jij gewerkt. En me even hard geërgerd aan het steeds downloaden van aparte pagina's. Mooie stof heb je gebruikt.

  4. Eva, ik kan geen commentaar op jouw blog achterlaten. Hoop dat je dit een keer leest. Leuke zomerse versie, jouw shirt. We hebben inderdaad dezelfde methode gebruikt. Ook een schuin van draad randje vond ik onzin.

  5. Dankjewel Sigrid! De jurkversie is inmiddels geknipt, met lange mouwen.

  6. This was my favourite pattern in the magazine. Pity it is so difficult to figure out, but I might try sewing it up anyway but make a short sleeve version as we are heading into summer in Australia.

  7. That twist top is really very nice and the fabric is an excellent choice. Good job!

  8. Very cool top! I have a Butterick pattern with an asymmetric twist that I've made several times. I think it is still fresh, at any rate! Love your print for this.

  9. Love this style and the print you've chosen.


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