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January 4, 2007

The Energizer Bunny of Patterns

Filed under: Designer Inspirations,Pattern Drafting — phyllisc @ 9:49 pm

So how long has the Burda WOF Twist Top been with us now?  Almost 2 years?  It came out in the April 2005 issues and I tell you, this style just keeps going and going and going.

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



  1. Phyllis, I have a copy of the OOP McCalls twist top dress pattern if you want to trace it off.

    Comment by gorgeousthings — January 4, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Yes, your’re right, this will definitely stay with us for a while. I first came across “the twist” on bridesmaid dresses in 2002, it was a big hit as back features for the overlay.

    Comment by Karina — January 5, 2007 @ 2:55 am

  3. Happy 2007,
    First and foremost, I am a huge fan of your blog! Wonderful dialogue, great tips and just plain useful and interesting!

    I would love to get a copy of this pattern. Is there anyone willing to trace it off for me?

    Thanks and Happy New Year from Washington DC

    Comment by Laura L — January 5, 2007 @ 5:25 am

  4. Phyllis, believe it or nto

    Comment by Lorna — January 5, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

  5. Amazingly that it is still with us and maybe more amazingly considering all the renditions of it I’ve seen, I have never liked the twist in front on anyone. I do like it as an open back detail, or across a shoulder, though. I can’t explain my prejudice and I wish the style would go away before I breakdown out of curiosity and waste my time making a version.

    Comment by Mary Beth — January 5, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

  6. The twist top just keeps on selling – we’ve keep doing versions of it at my job, and it just keeps selling. I have seen a twist skirt too, very cool. If I can track down a photo, I will post it.

    Comment by georgene — January 5, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  7. Can someone provide the Burda pattern number please?

    Comment by Diane — January 6, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

  8. i am a student of fashion designing this my final year and have fashin show in my college my them is mosiak tiles and i am in search of some information about how to implement it in my garments plese help me

    Comment by avan bodhanwala — April 10, 2007 @ 12:32 am

  9. Please tell me how to obtain the Burda Pattern for the twist top. Please email me.
    Thanks so much

    Comment by Barbara 'Bowden — June 10, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

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