The twisted hem view of the HotPatterns Triple Torque top was clearly inspired by the various Japanese draping/pattern books and features an interesting dart that creates an interesting drape near the hem. At the apple orchard, I we got a "front shot" from exactly one angle. This one:
|HotPatterns Triple Torque Top|
|HotPatterns Weekender Triple Torque Tops|
Here's the back view. The CB seam eliminated that lower-back pooling that you see on my tops that don't have a CB seam. There are some lines up around the shoulders that have me scratching my head, but I'm wondering if that's either how I'm standing or due to the "torque" stuff going on in front.
|HotPatterns Triple Torque- back view|
In any case, here are the details of the top:
- I sewed my usual HotPatterns size 18 through the neck shoulders and graded out to a 22 (per the measurement chart) at the armscye. Some of their knit patterns can run a little large, but this one runs true to size. This sizing combo is very close to my TNT SBCC Tonic tee.
- For fabric, I used a heathered gray cotton-spandex blend from Girl Charlee. It's very soft and was easy to work with, but I should have used a lighter weight, drapier fabric for this top. I knew that when I cut my fabric, but I was fixated on making this top in this color and was in love with the softness of this fabric, so that's entirely on me. The pattern envelope even says to use a really drapey fabric.
- The pattern is really fast and easy to sew. You've got that one giant dart that creates the drape, and then the rest of the construction is exactly the same as any other t-shirt you've sewn. I've you've got this pattern in your stash, and you're intrigued by it, it's definitely worth sewing up a quick (wearable) muslin for it. This would be a good pattern for your too-thin, really drapey knits from Girl Charlee or FabricMart.
- I made no length adjustments to this pattern, and I'm 5'2". I know that HotPatterns sometimes run a bit long on us shorter folks; this one doesn't, so plan accordingly if you're taller.
- I am going to give this pattern another shot using one of my thin merino wool jersey cuts from FabricMart from last winter.
- Originally, I pulled this pattern out of my stash because I thought that it would be similar to that Japanese-style draped BurdaStyle top that many of you in the online sewing community made last winter. I particularly remember Kathy's and Nakisha's versions being cute.
- If you're curious, the BurdaStyle version differs from the HotPatterns version in that the Burda version has raglan sleeves, and the "twist dart" is longer and at a different angle than the HotPatterns version. I think that the idea and spirit behind both patterns are similar, though. Seeing the pattern pieces for both of these, I think that it might be fun to try and hack a TNT t-shirt with different big darts/drapes and see what happens.
I will leave you with some apple-picking cuteness. Specifically, here's a picture of my daughter trying to eat an apple the size of her head:
|Toddler vs. apple|