How to Easily Sew a Flattering Twist-Front Top or Sweater

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Twist tops are so feminine and flattering! Even if your waist is undefined, a twist-front top creates an hourglass shape. If you’ve been wanted to know how to sew a twist front top, this is the tutorial for you.


I’ll show you how to make a twist-front sweater or top (depending on the fabric you choose) that’s really simple and easy. Let’s get started making your DIY twist-front sweater!

Tools and materials:

  • 1 yard of stretch fabric
  • Your own long-sleeved t-shirt to use as a template
  • Tracing/pattern paper
  • Pen/marker/chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Optional: coins or other weights to hold the pattern paper down
Tracing a top to use as a pattern

1. Make the front pattern

Lay your own well-fitting t-shirt onto the pattern paper. Trace only the bodice for now. Cut the front bodice pattern out.

DIY bodice pattern for the twist-front top

Use your ruler to draw a straight line down the center.

Drawing a V-neck on the pattern

Then use the ruler to draw the V-neck fron the inner shoulder edge. You can choose the depth you’re most comfortable with. Mark the neckline.

Measuring where the twist will go

2. Mark the twist pattern

Measure down 15 inches from the top of the shoulder. Mark this area.

How to make a twist-front top sewing pattern

Then draw a horizontal line across the bodice at the 15 inch mark.

Drawing the curve of the twist

Draw the curve of the twist on the pattern towards the bottom starting from the horizontal line.

Choosing the depth of the curve

You can choose the depth of the curve.

Cutting the bodice pattern down the middle

Start cutting the pattern from the right side of the V-neck down following the line through the curve at the bottom. Then do the same for the left side.


When you’re done, it should look like an open vest or waistcoat.

Marking the twist-front bodice pattern

Measure 3½ inches from the inner edge at the horizontal line on the right side. Draw a circle there.


Measure 3½ inches from the inner edge of the horizontal line on the left side and mark with a small line.

Cutting fabric for the DIY twist-front top

3. Cut the fabric

Lay the paper pattern on the fabric with the wrong side of the fabric facing up towards you. Pin the pattern to the fabric. Cut with a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Cutting the marks on the pattern

Cut the horizontal line on the left side of the pattern up until the small line you marked before.

Snipping a hole for the twist

4. Put the twist together

Remove the pattern paper. Lift up the right piece with the circle and snip to create a hole.

Fabric pattern pieces for the twist-front top

The two pieces should look like this.

Pulling fabric through the hole

Keep the fabric with the wrong sides facing you. Grab the top part of the left side and pull it through the hole on the right side.

Pinning and sewing the open seams

Pin and sew the open seam on the left side with a zigzag stitch. Sew the hole on the right side closed with the same stitch.

How to make a twist-front sweater

5. Sew the front of the top

Once the twist has been sewn, fold and pin the V-neck, curved bottom, and other raw edges including the hem. Basically, everything except for the side seams and the top of the shoulder.


Finish with a zigzag stitch for a smooth professional finish.

How to make a twist-front top

It will look like a butterfly!

Cutting out the back bodice piece

6. Make the back bodice

Lay the fabric right side facing you. Lay the front bodice facing down so their right sides are together. Pin in place so the fabric doesn’t move. Cut out the pattern mirroring the sides.


At the bottom, cut straight across for a flat bottom. At the back neckline, cut a small curve. Sew the shoulder and side seams with a zigzag stitch. Hem the neckline and bottom.

Cutting fabric for the sleeves

7. Make and attach the sleeves

Lay your long-sleeved t-shirt sleeve on top of folded fabric to use a template. (In this tutorial I used a short-sleeved t-shirt but it’s better if you use a long-sleeved one).


Cut the pattern out and sew up the side seam.

Inserting your sleeves into the top

Insert your sleeves into the top. You can check out my other tutorials that show you how to do this if you don’t know how.

How to sew a twist-front top


DIY twist-front top

How to sew a twist-front top

How sexy is this DIY twist-front sweater?? Please let me know in the comments what you think of this tutorial and the final results. Thanks for joining!

Suggested materials:
  • 1 yard stretch fabric
  • Your own long-sleeved t-shirt to use as a template
  • Tracing/pattern paper
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