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Sensational Shirring Knit Top Talking Pattern™
By Londa Rohlfing

  • $12.00
  • one size fits all
  • PDF
  • Intermediate

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 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. Inside, 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 style!


Utilize any basic knit top pattern as the 'Beginning'.  Just follow Londa's 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 pattern 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
  • HEAR the directions!  It's like Londa is right with you, telling you what to do step-by-step as you view the photo of each step!  Online directions work in tandem with the written directions. 

Notions and Fabrics

  • Basic Knit Top pattern*  Raglan Style needed for 'Lee Top'
  • Size 75 Stretch Needle and 4.0/75 Twin Stretch Needle*
  • Tape Measure and Seam Gauge (Clover 9506 5-9n-1 Sliding Gauge recommended)*
  • Sharp colored pencils and markers
  • Fabric Marker:  Chakoner*
  • Rotary Ruler and Cutter*
  • Quilt n' Sew Ruler*
  • Tissue Paper or Red Dot Tracer for creating the pattern pieces/changes*
  • Loop Turner
  • 1/8" wide Braided Elastic (Stretchrite Brand)*
  • Stretchrite Elastic Thread*
  • Knit Fusible Interfacing* or 1" Knit Fusible Stay Tape
  • Lastin Clear Elastic - 3/8" wide, heavier gauge
  • Polyester garment construction thread*
  • A Dress Form is VERY helpful*
  • Top quality single knit 'Jersey' fabric
    • Pat Top:  body length + Sleeve length:  1 5/8 yd avg.
    • Lee Top:  body length + Sleeve length + 10":  1 3/4 yd avg.
    • Mira Top:  body length + Sleeve length + 9":  1 1/2 y avg.
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Londa Rohlfing

My niche is creative sewing, with specialty in design and techniques for transforming sweatshirts into stylish jackets and creating embellished knit tops.  I LOVE to write directions!  My Talking™ Patterns include my personally-recorded audio directions at the dedicated website created for each pattern.

Sweatshirt Transformations

is my first book with C&T, due for release August 10, 2012.