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Mom taught me to sew - then put me on a clothing allowance: $25/MONTH - but that was back in 1966. The ONLY way I could satisfy my clothing appetite was to make it myself. That lead to a major in ...

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Sensational Shirring

from Londa's Creative Threads
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Sensational Shirring
Sensational Shirring 'Mira' Top in Sensational Shirring
Sensational Shirring 'Lee' Top in Sensational Shirring
Sensational Shirring 'Pat' Top in Sensational Shirring
Sensational Shirring Shaped and shirred turtleneck variation
Sensational Shirring 'Mira' Top with optional flounce

Pattern Description:

Shirring (or Ruching) adds interest and lovely, figure-flattering detail to any garment. It's EZ and fun to make changes to a basic knit top pattern you already own using flat pattern techniques to yield the extra length needed for effective shirring. In this pattern, you'll find THREE totally different designs, and varied shirring techniques that will guide you in creative fun as you add pizazz to that all-important knit top wardrobe to take you most anywhere...in style.

NO PATTERN PIECES are included in this 'pattern' booklet.
You will use any basic knit top pattern as the 'beginning'. Just follow my super EZ directions to create the styles you see on the cover. Then, the amazing additional directions found both printed inside and at the online location as given inside the booklet will allow you to: READ the printed directions with the most important photos printed; SEE every step of the process with numerous color photos posted online; and HEAR the directions as I actually talk you through each step step-by-step as you view the photograph of that step!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Any size as you start with a knit top pattern that fits you.


  • For 'Pat' Top - single knit 'jersey' fabric body length + sleeve length: 1 5/8 yard average
  • For 'Mira' Top - single knit 'jersey' fabric body length + sleeve length + 9": 1 1/2 yard average +
  • Basic Knit Top pattern like Londa's Terrific 'T' Knit Top Pattern for 'Mira' and Pat. A raglan knit top pattern for 'Lee

You Will Also Need:

  • Size 75 Stretch Needle and 4.0/75 Twin Stretch Needle
  • Tape Measure and Seam Gauge
  • Colored Pencils and markers
  • Fabric marker
  • Rotary Ruler & Cutter
  • Tissue Paper or Red Dot Tracer for pattern changes
  • Loop Turner
  • 1/8" wide Braded Elastic - Stretchrite Brand
  • Stretchrite Elastic Thread
  • Knit Fusible Interfacing - to cut in 1" strips for hem stabilization, or 1" Knit Fusible Stay Tape
  • Lastin Clear Elastic - 3/8" wide - Lastin is a heavier gauge that is sold at Lond'as website www.londas-sewing.com
  • Polyester garment construction thread
  • A dressform can prove very helpful