I like using the needle technique for these kind of bodies. I however tie the foam 90* to how you have it orientated therefore the slit is on the sides. I doubt the fish care and I believe your way may be better in that it's likely easier to mount on the hook and also tilt so the hook gap is easier to leave "open".

So for me two good points made...[I have however seen the head first approach presented somewhere] but needed a reminder....Thanks.