Twist Back Top by Patterns for Pirates

Sep 24, 2019

It’s a P4P Release Day, y’all!!!!  Wooooo!!!!

I’ve been a bad kid for a while now and haven’t participated in a full test.  I’ve been SO bogged down and overwhelmed by work and it’s just been taking away from my fun sewing time.  BUT, I didn’t want to miss out on this one, so I did everything in my power to make it happen.  Because look how stinking cute this new pattern is!

It’s called the Twist Back Top because…..it twists.  In the back!  And it’s a top!

Judy always makes me giggle with her pattern naming.  She’s not leaving any room for guessing, haha.

The Twist Back Top comes with a ton of options, as always.  Each version of the pattern has this super easy-to-sew twisted back.  I promise it’s easier than it looks.  The pattern instructions walk you through the assembly process and it’ll go together in no time at all.  The hardest part will include picking out which fabric you want to sew up first.

I was super hesitant to make an open back top like this.  I am not a person who likes to show off her back.  And I get super awkward about bra straps…or really any part of my bra showing.  It’s a stigma that I learned when I was younger and I’ve yet to let it go.  I’m sorry.  One day I’m sure I’ll get over it….maybe.  I will say that I’m okay with my bra showing if it’s a sports bra though.  My cheerleading and volleyball days were full of me wearing tshirts that I’d cut the sleeves off of, so it had a super wide exposure in the underarm area.

Maybe it’s why I like the tank version so much?  Because it makes me feel young again?? #ohlord

For the tank, I used a rayon/spandex blend that I received in a mystery box from Boho Fabrics.  I purchased their animal print box and was NOT disappointed.  (You can actually see an unboxing video on my Insta channel here!)  I think teal is my second favorite color obsession…obviously it takes a back seat to purple for me, but I find myself gravitating to it a lot.  So having a teal leopard print was so amazing.  I adore it.

I also made myself a long sleeved version of the Twist Back Top in a sweater knit that I found at Walmart.  Walmart is doing this pre-cut fabric gig, where you buy 2-yard cuts of fabric that is rolled up, pre-cut and ready to go.  And it’s usually only $4!  I’m not the world’s biggest Wallyworld fan, but I’ve actually found some super cute fabrics in their pre-cuts and I’m ashamed to say that I’ll be going to that store more because of their selection.

Psssst…..new sewists!!  These pre-cut fabrics would be an AMAZING way to learn how to sew without dropping a ton of cash on fabric during your trial-and-error stages of sewing.

The long sleeved version might be the one that ends up in my closet the most this fall/winter.  The way that it plays peekaboo at the top of your back, closes up in the lower middle, and then opens again is so cute.  I thought I would hate it with a tanktop underneath and that I was going to have to go shopping for a cute bralette that would fit me.  But I think because it opens up again, it feels okay that my tank is showing at the top as well.  Like, there is a balance that is needed and I’m okay with this visual.

And if I can get the best of both worlds by having a trendy open back top AND still wearing my beloved cami underneath….I’m sold forever.

I also love how deliciously slouchy the sleeves are drafted.  It’s so perfect in a sweater knit, or something with equally as nice of a drape.  It provides for such a cozy top without feeling sloppy.  I’m a big fan of comfort clothes and this one fits the bill all the way around.

What do you think your first version of this pattern is going to be?  I’m thinking I need a couple more tanks and then I am HERE for Sweater Weather, baby!!!


Pattern: Twist Back Top by Patterns for Pirates (Youth + Bundled Patterns available as well.)

Fabric: Teal Leopard Rayon/Spandex | Striped Sweater Knit


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