Finished - a surprisingly awesome Kwik Sew 3801 Twist Top in merino jersey

Like the cool new kid at school this garment has jumped to the front of the queue - I'm so delighted with it! I've had this one planned for a while, waiting for the perfect fabric. I can't remember where I first saw the pattern, but it reminded me of a cool twist front top I'd seen on Pinterest by Akira (not the Australian designer, but an American brand, I believe - correct me if I'm wrong!) and thought it very Drape Drape.


The pattern is Kwik Sew 3801 (not sure if it is really OOP or not) and includes a regular scoop neck dolman top as a variation to the twist front. The pattern suggests a drapey knit fabric with no obvious right or wrong sides due to the twist. It took me a while to find what I needed, in a colour that I wanted - this is a gorgeous navy and white marle merino knit from The Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe (very reasonably priced @ $17.95/m from memory).


The front piece is one enormous piece of fabric that is twisted once in the middle - hence the need for no obvious wrong side. I do believe though that one could easily experiment with seaming down the centre - the seam would be mostly hidden by the twist, and if done with a french seam or even as a rolled hem (see later!) it would look absolutely fine, and potentially even a design feature. 


I made a size small, as it is very oversized, but cut out the length of the large. It was very quick and easy to make. I ignored the directions on the front pattern piece to place the vertical grain across the horizontal stretch of the fabric. It made zero sense to me, and with the subtle striping of the marle fabric would have looked weird. I half wonder if it's actually a printing error. I also used fusible knit stay tape to stabilise the neckline rather than clear elastic, but it didn't fuse very well - next time I'll try either fine ribbon or elastic. 


The big BIG delay in making this was my dithering over how to finish the raw edge of the neckline and hem - it's all one big long mobius edge, with both sides visible at different points around the hem. The instructions suggest a variety of options, all pretty dodgy - you could leave it raw, with the right fabric, but I decided the best option was to learn to do a rolled hem on my overlocker which would look nice from both sides. 


So the research began! There's plenty out there on rolled hems and woven fabrics, but not so much information when using a knit. I'll do a separate post on the resources I used and the various pearls of wisdom to pass on to those wishing to try something similar. 


I really love this top. I love the long sleeves scrunched up, and I love the relaxed fit. It's also surprisingly versatile - you can rejig the location of the twist to create a few different looks:

High up on the chest:


This would be great as a way to wear it when pregnant (or if one wishes to stash some sweeties). My besty is 6 months pregnant and next time I see her I'll get her to test drive it for bump-friendliness. 

Middle of the road:



Or the low down:


I think it has distinctly pseudocardigan properties which can only, of course, be a good thing in my universe. Have you made it? How did you finish your mobius edging?






Comments

  1. What an interesting top - I love it! I would love to be able to buy merino knit - it seem quite hard to find in the UK

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    1. Thanks Tamsin! It's a beautiful fabric, the benefit of living in s country with such a strong wool industry.

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  2. I adore this! I want one too! Did you say it was a navy and white marle? It looks quite grey. I'm loving your blog shots on this one - how did you get such great light indoors? My photos inside always look sooooo murky it's insane. Again, I need this top :)

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    1. It does look grey, doesn't it? Definitely navy though in real life. Thanks re the photos - we have a room with 2 windows and at a certain time of the day great light. Only taken me 3 years to work it out.....

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  3. It looks really lovely; elegant and very stylish. The fabric sounds divine too :)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, it is such lovely fabric. I'm so glad I finally made it up!

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  4. Ooh, I love this! The perfect combination of comfortable and stylish. I too wish we could get nice merino knit in the UK.

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    1. Thankyou Sam - I didn't realise it was so hard to come by!

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  5. Sooo lovely! And isn't merino luscious? We are so lucky :)

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  6. This is really cool! Nice work!

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    1. Thanks Christy! I think it's pretty cool too, although the husband is unsure - initial assessment was that it was not 'his cup of tea'.... Not quite man repelling though!

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  7. Love it! I impulse bought a similar pattern a few months ago and put off sewing it, thinking it would maybe turn out more "cool" than flattering. I see I was wrong! Look forward to your resource list; professional looking knit-finishing can be a tricky beast....

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    1. Ooh which one? This one is OOP now..... I was so worried about the finishing looking handmade but I'm really delighted with it. And yes, similar to the drape drape top I was pretty wary of this one - I basted the shoulders first, in case I had to do an emergency cardiganectomy slash down the front of it! But I adore it!

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  8. That merino knit looks lovely! I love the idea of stashing some sweets in there. ;)
    PS: I love your shoes!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I have red shoes for every occasion!

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  9. This is great! I have this pattern, but have put off by the finishing, I might have try a rolled hem!

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    1. Thanks Kate! It's definitely a great pattern! I promise I'll post my rolled hem experiences very soon - surprisingly little effort in the end

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  10. It does look very Drape Drape:-) What a cool design! I am sure it will look good with dresses as well.
    I admire your patience finishing the whole thing with a rolled hem!

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    1. Thanks so much - but the rolled hem was so quick and easy, it amazed me!

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  11. Ooo. It is a bit "drape,drape" isn't it. I really like it.
    Great work on the rolled hem there, I wouldn't have even thought to do that :)

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    1. Thanks Sonja! Wish I'd made it months ago!

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  13. How luxurious that twist looks! I bet the up-high would look great with a floor length dress. Also, sweets. Also: don't tell anyone, but I had to google Drape Drape just now. Figured it was some new slang I wasn't getting. Now I know!

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    1. It is SO luxurious! I bet you Drape Drape is right up your alley!

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  14. What a fun top, very Drape Drape. Love the fabric choice.

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    1. Thanks jo! It's definitely a new fave.

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  15. Very cool! I love the contrast between the fitted sleeves and the loose front.

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    1. Thanks lovely. Yes I love the snug sleeves. It's so warm!

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  16. It's lovely - very versatile and cool, and I can imagine it would layer beautifully over lots of things (even summer dresses!)

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    1. It's absolutely one of my favourites!

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