Pattern Puzzle: Yoga twist top

yoga_top Judy sent in this submission she found here. I think it’s pretty cool too.

If you’re wondering where her arms went, she’s in a yoga pose that I cropped to fit here. Unfortunately, I can’t find purchasing info if you’re more interested in buying it than figuring out the pattern configuration.

So now boys and girls, any guesses -however wild- on this one? It looks sort of Issey Miyaki-ish. A larger file version is here except she’s not looking any better being decapitated and all.

This is the end of the entry and I don’t have enough content to fill this space. Having the photo hanging off the end with not enough words alongside it looks lame and it messes up the template. So what to say now? I suppose I could tell you my handy-dandy needle feed machine arrived today courtesy of Orange County Industrial Sewing, complete with velvet scrap still under the presser foot. That was a treat and completely unexpected. I wasn’t expecting it until Friday. Now I have to shift stuff around to find a place. It takes a larger bobbin I don’t have.

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  1. dosfashionistas says:

    Well, for starters, I think there is a hidden seam on the left side.

    But I’m more interested in the machine, myself. Do tell.

  2. amelia says:

    I think, that the bottom bust seam goes out at almost right angles to the side seam and is guided by the shape pf the mid-piece …

  3. Kathleen says:

    Re: Machine. What do you all want to know about the machine? Otherwise I’d just talk about stupid stuff nobody but me cares about. I mean, right now after reading the manual, I’m so pumped to talk about counting oil splashes! With a stop watch! In five second intervals! Whilst running the machine at 3000 SPM just like the manual says! And then measuring each of the required trials with a micrometer to count the width of the oil splash lines! I look so smart saying all that, do I not?

    Okay, no, not really, I don’t want to talk about that when my greater concern is (after all those warnings) the machine will explode/implode the very first time I hit the 1/0 switch when truly, you should never leave these sorts of things to my whim. One would think you’d know better than that by now, so what is your problem?

    I am SO kidding but it’s been a heckuva day, haven’t even turned it on. Seriously, what do you want to know? Boy, it’s a good thing machines basically come put together these days. All you really have to do is unstrap the thread stand, bolt it on, make sure it has oil, read the manual so you can thread it and then turn it on.

    Sarah, hidden seam? Check out the site for other views. Seaming is not so secret altho it would be cool.

    Lisa: Good show. Most definitely on the right track. I wonder tho if there might be a bit of a gap between the two sections of the bodice (not the midriff). This is one of those things I’d have to play with to know. The twisty things get too turned around in my head.

    Amelia: I’m thick headed today and not sure what you mean.

    Dawn: well, I’m sure I’d have any number of flaws if I were in her position. She does make it look good tho. Seriously, see the other photos of her on that site.

    If I were making that top tho, I’d make the upper bodice a bit longer right at CF. The midriff is riding up a hair too high right there on her boobs.

    Charles: Hugs and kisses to Charles who did not comment but did send me the coding to fix my template so it wouldn’t look so wonky if the photo was longer than the text. Muuaahhh!

  4. Leslie W says:

    Congratulations on the Juki, Kathleen. A friend has one, can’t remember which model, but she says it is semi-industrial and she loves it. I don’t know if it is a needle feed or not. She used to do coats/capes and used some unusual fabrics.

    In the pics of the yoga top, it gaps in the midriff when she is stretching and you can see her bra. Of course, most of us probably have a little larger rib cage. I’m with you on the length to the upper bodice CF under the boobs. I hate it when tops have a seam that should sit under the bust, but instead is halfway up on the boobs. Or worse yet, the seam bisects them right through the center. Just lovely. Don’t women know that is poor fit? Do they not care or do they really think that is the style?

  5. Lisa Shoemaker says:

    Amelia: I understand what you mean. A line perpendicular to the center front going to the side seam. This might work as it adds the fabric that folds up.

    I tested out my way. This is modeled by my lovely assistant Julie. She has no bust, so it isn’t a great example, but just a quick mockup to show the technique. I was also feeling lazy, so I didn’t bother changing the thread in the machine and it only has one sleeve. It is made out of an old t-shirt.
    Close up:

  6. dosfashionistas says:

    I checked the other pictures again…no hidden seam. I thought it was more complicated, but I am beginning to think it is just a simple twist bodice, maybe with a little extra drape. Sorry, I am not even playing at working it out, just thinking about how it might be.

    All three grandchildren today…4,3, and 3 months. So far, so good, but I am counting the half-hours until Dad picks them up.

  7. gubida says:

    I’m not much of a sewer, but I saw this and decided to try to update an old t-shirt with this pattern. I wanted to minimize sewing and remnant fabrics. So, I’ve been puzzling it out and thought; you could take an old shirt (preferably a v-neck with a lower neckline). Cut off the section below the bust, but otherwise reserve and keep in tact. Take the t-shirt, and rip out the seam on one side (below the sleeve, keep sleeve attached to either the back piece or front; doesn’t matter, you’ll just resew it to the side that you rip out. Now if it’s a patterned shirt or you don’t like the look of the reverse fabric, cut the front of the shirt down the middle. Flip completely detached half of the front (the side that had the side seam ripped out)upside down with the reverse facing up. Sew cut middle seam to the matching other front panel. then flip (try to arrange the twisted fabric to hide the seam), resew the front piece to the back and arm. Sew reserved bottom piece onto top (cut some off if you want the shirt shorter, like in the example). Anyway, just an idea I had, and I still need to try it out, but I thought it would be a good way to turn this cute pattern into a way to upcycle older shirts.

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