I was in the downtown Boston Macy’s during lunch today and sure enough, I spotted two variations that you might find interesting.
I’ve never seen this one before, it’s a turtleneck. Instead of a V-neck, There is a center front seam at the upper bodice, and the rest of the top is a standard long sleeve turtleneck. Notice too there is a center front seam below the bust, and it appears that the underbust twists have been extended and turned into the lower part of the bodice top, which eliminates an entire pattern piece I might need to give this idea a try.
Other variations I’ve seen have included using a sleeveless twist top as the upper bodice of a one piece swimsuit, and also making the underbust portion of the twist from a contrasting color fabric, or stretch lace, which I also did a while back. Yet another variant is Diva Ann’s RTW version of the twist top embellished with a big metal buckle at the center bust. I’ve seen her wear it a few times and it’s very cool.
Another version is one I’ve had on my mind for a while, that is, just making it into a dress, as shown below. The photo is not so good, but hopefully you’ll get the idea. A while ago I did a version of the top with 3/4 length self-drafted sleeves, and extending that version into a dress would be pretty simple.
This issue of Burda turns up on Ebay from time to time, so grab it if you can because and this style is a classic definitely worth having in your pattern collection