Let me tell you about the twist top. When I first started sewing (almost exactly two years ago) the Simplicity 4076 Twist Top was a hot pattern. I mean Hott. It has 134 reviews on PatternReview.com and was a Best Pattern of 2008. This was one of (maybe the first?) pattern I bought to use knits. I never reviewed the pattern because I could never get it to fit. That was before I realized that the Big 4 had a ridiculous amount of ease in their patterns. I tried their twist top pattern but it was gape-y, loose, and unattractive. I gave up on the twist top. I figure my bust was too small for a bust emphasizing pattern like this one. Well, my local boutique just started carrying Jalie patterns and I just had to support a local business; especially one that has been hearing me suggest Jalie for a year. Most of the patterns they had I already had in my pattern stash *blush* but I found two that I didn't have. One of them was this twist top. I bought it because I always liked the twist top pattern and had seen women on PatternReview.com that had small busts and still looked wonderful. I'm glad I decided to give it another go because I love this top. I used 1/4" elastic to stabilize the front. You can tell this elastic is bit too much for this drapey viscose/lycra because it pulls at the neck. I need to either use clear elastic next time or not stretch it so much when I sew it. I stabilized a bit too much.
I love this tie back. I may even make it lower for a sexy evening top. I went up a size in the hips and probably didn't need to. See the excess at the lower back and hips?