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Pattern Magic, p 50

Added Jun 25, 2010

by carolyn-s

Perth, Australia






This is a top drafted from the excellent book Pattern Magic by Nakamichi Tomoko. It is an amazing pattern for two reasons; 1. it is cut completely in one piece, and 2. it is all skewiff and wonky which creates this amazingly interesting twist in the body of the top when you are wearing it! I also made up a version in much lighter jersey for warmer weather

Material Notes

stretch jersey knit




Garment Type
Casual, Other

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    Apr 26, 2011, 09.55 AMby urbandon

    Love Pattern Magic and love how you have made this.

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      May 2, 2011, 07.29 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you so much!

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    Apr 19, 2011, 05.42 AMby apfelbluete

    many thanks for your help.and sorry, my english is not so good. I have a question :-). The pattern I have already done. I do not know how I put the pattern pieces on the fabric? the hem should run parallel to the cutting edge of the fabric? Did you happen to photos taken when cutting?:-)

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      May 2, 2011, 07.32 AMby carolyn-s

      sorry, I didn’t take any pictures while cutting. You should have only one pattern piece, a front and back combined, with the front/back joined at the top of one sleeve. You then lay it down with one hem perpendicular to the selvedge, and the other hemline falls naturally on the bias of the fabric.

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    Apr 18, 2011, 09.43 AMby apfelbluete

    I love love love your shirt! Can you tell me how much of fabric I need for this shirt? with thanks in advance…

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      Apr 19, 2011, 05.07 AMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou so much!
      You need at least 1.5m of 150cm (60inch) wide fabric. The fabric needs to be at least this wide, or the pattern piece will not fit, it is WIDE! :)

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    Mar 21, 2011, 08.00 PMby Ooty Yaacobi

    la la love this one =)

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    Jul 26, 2010, 05.49 PMby Norma Loehr

    I love this top! I drafted this from the book and went to cut it out on a 60" wide piece of jersey but can not get the pattern to fit! I am trying to follow the dictated grain line (which runs straight up the center front). How did you cut yours out?

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    Jul 1, 2010, 04.01 PMby sallyoh

    I think I might need to buy this book. This top looks simple, but almost couture-like. Very nice!

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    Jun 25, 2010, 10.55 PMby amarie

    Whoa! I’ve always found this book so fascinating but thought it would take a real visionary to make wearable things with it. This looks amazing!

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      Jun 26, 2010, 05.40 AMby carolyn-s


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    Jun 25, 2010, 05.26 PMby mayapop

    I just find out about Nakamichi Tomoko thanks to you. So thank you, thank you … I will start my pattern soon… thank you again

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      Jun 26, 2010, 05.40 AMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou for your comment! I hope you post pictures of your creation, I’d like to see it!

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    Jun 25, 2010, 04.21 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Very cool!

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    Jun 25, 2010, 01.54 AMby sherrys

    Very cool, and so Japanese! Where is the seam located?

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