Classy, classic, elegant, refined. Not words you could use to describe every dress, but this twist front dress pattern really does suit those words. You’ll look a knockout in this dress, whether you choose a solid or a small print. Introducing the ‘In a Twist’ Dress pattern, Pattern of the Month for December.
With a higher neckline in the front and a more dramatic lowered neckline at the back, this dress is a good-looker from every direction. Worried that it looks complicated to sew? The pattern testing team thought so too until they tried it! It’s deceptively easy and there is a video to take you through the sewing on this dress every step of the way.
- Interesting twist detail at the waist
- Creates interest and diagonal lines across the center of the body to shape and create a waist line
- Straight skirt fitted at the hips
- Narrow shoulders
- Classic higher neckline at the front
- Dramatic lowered neckline at the back
- The gathers at the front can help to hide a tummy
- Center back seam to help you get a good fit
- Full facing front and back for a smooth look
- Video tutorial
- Easier to sew than it looks!
- Sizes 30-42 inch bust, 33-45 inch hip
A dress that looks complicated but is actually easy to sew. Designed for knit fabrics, this dress just slips over your head but the finished look is anything but simple. The twist adds a certain sophistication and can help to hide a wide waistline or a prominent tummy.
Check out the version from Diane below and make it in two different fabrics for a really dramatic look!
It’s not hard to sew – watch me make one
The pattern testers rated this one as Intermediate.
Check out the pattern testing versions and comments
Diane at Two Chicklets Sew Shop – i love this dress! How do you like it with two fabrics? I couldn’t resist! It was fast to sew and so comfortable. It looks complicated, yet is so easy to sew and looks unique.
Linda – I love love this dress. I really liked the dress the first time I saw it. I found it original and love the twist. It is something you don’t see often but it’s seem flattering for the figure. I love the round neckline, I find it more flattering than a V-Neck and the low back. I was not disappointed once the dress was made. I was under the impression that it would be hard to sew with the twist but was very surprised how fast this dress can be put together. Can be easily sewn in a day.
Jane – This is a very pretty dress. The pattern pieces were a bit intimidating because of the different shaped pieces. I hadn’t seen anything like it before. It is really different. Challenging, but fun. It’s very feminine and flattering. It’s deceiving. It looks like a tough pattern, yet it’s sweet and simple to sew. Once you get the hang of the twist and the funny-looking pieces, this dress stitches up quickly. You get big rewards for you efforts with this pattern.
Theresa at the DIY Page – I made it as a gift for my best friend. She loved it and thinks that it would make a wonderful full length dress too. Watching the video really demystified the knot, but the directions and photos by themselves were very clear.
It really helped that the seams were labeled, taking the guess work out of which seams joined.
The knot went together section fit together easily. It’s such a cool fashion detail. I am considering making a looser tunic variation for myself.
Robin at the Pattern Tester – I absolutely love this dress! It’s perfect for many occasions. It’s sexy, but classy, and I like the length. It’s just my style. It’s a fairly quick sew, and perfect if you need something on a moments notice for a night out. I would have had trouble with the twist part, and facing, but the video always makes it easy to understand. Please keep doing the videos.
A note to the Pattern Testing Team
So that concludes the patterns for 2014. It’s been an epic year and I had no idea what direction it would take when I started out. I want to give a very special and public thank you to the Pattern Testing Team who have all worked tirelessly to help me improve my skills and my sewing patterns over this year. I really could not have done it without you all. Thank you so much for your support, advice, suggestions and even for your criticisms.
It’s been exhausting but fun!