Pattern Magic twist top number 1
thematerialgirl — Mon, 02/13/2012 - 20:27
This week is Pattern Magic week here at the Material Girl (I wish every week was). Over the weekend I have been on the second of the Creative Pattern courses at Morley college. I loved the first one which was split over two Saturdays - Day one and Day two. If anything this second course (based on the book Pattern Magic 2) was even better.
However, I'm going to keep you at the edge of your seats and leave that post until tomorrow - basically I haven't had time to edit my photos yet! However a fantastic account of the weekend can be found on my fellow attendee, Melissa's blog - www.fehrtrade.com/article/570/the-pattern-magic-2-course-at-morley-college
So, today, I'm going to hit you with a follow up from the work I did on the first course.
One of the items I loved the look of in the first book was the twist top which is rendered in a lovely looking brown jersey. The basic block is given for an "average" size which you then manipulate. After some reworking to make it this woman's average size I was ready to twist the basic pattern.
The strange corrugation you see is because I'm using packing polystyrene foam. I have rolls of the stuff left over from a house move that didn't happen and it was the only thing wide enough fo the job in hand.
Once you have made you manipulations, you cut out two of the same shape and stick them together (cutting of one arm and putting it one the other side)
After that it's a simple case of cutting out your one pattern piece and sewing the sides together.
I used a ribbed, thick (ooh er) jersey, which was probably a bit too stiff for the project (ok, enough double entendres for one sentence) - however, I'm really pleased with the result even if it looks nothing like the picture in the book.
There's really a bit too much material around the shoulders, but as the fabric is stiff it gives a really nice exaggerated effect. Also, the fabric does like staying in its twist and tends to travel around my midriff.
Rightio, that's your lot for today - more Magic soon.