This Gallery covers the directions to create both of the'Mira' Tops.
Follow along in the pattern booklet for the COMPLETE directions. You will be referred back to the general directions where appropriate.
Note: All image numbers do not exist in sequential order, but rest assured the photos i intended ARE here, and present in the order that I desire.
To LISTEN to Londa's personally-recorded AUDIO directions:
1. Click on the picture to open that frame.
2. Scroll down a bit until you see a bar at the left below the photo and click on the arrow pointing right. Wait a moment while the audio loads. Make sure your volume is turned up on your computer. Listen.
3. If you want to print the photo - there is a place to click.
4. To close that frame, click on the x in the lower right hand corner.
MT-1 Mira Top.
MT-2 Black Mira Top - Side shirred to arm pit.
MT-3 Design which side and where front design line is to be located.
MT-4 Slash and add seam allowances to each side.
MT-5 Also add length to Shirred Front pattern piece.
MT-6 Pattern should look like this, or reversed - depending on which side of center font you designed the design line to be located.
MT-7 Shape Back pattern piece as shown if desired.
MT-7a Cutting layout.
MT-8 To create optional flounce.
MT-9 Cutting Flounce 'donut'.
MT-10 Slash one side of flounce.
MT-11 Stay Stitch inner arc of flounce - though on knits, I've found you really don't need to do this.
MT-12 Clip into stay stitching so flounce lays straight.
MT-13 Consult printed booklet!
MT-14 Set Sleeve Shirring gathers.
MT-15 Pull up and secure gathers to length specified in directions.
MT-16 Tie off gathering threads. THEN distribute gathered fullness evenly.
Consult pattern directions for details.
MT-18 Topsitching in the tube of the sleeve.
MT-19 Sleeve prepared - shirring completed. Note shirring ends at the hem stitching future location denoted by pin.
MT-20 The DOT is all important - be sure to mark it clearly.
MT-21 Adjustment at Front for off-set hemline as seen on the Red Mira Top.
MT-22 Consult written directions for details.
MT-23 Round off the top and bottom edges of the Flounce if desired as I have done.
MT-24 Applying Lastin for a snappy, retentive 'clean finish' neckline.
MT-25 Consult written booklet and listen to audio below.
MT-26 Optional finishing off neck seam allowance with serging.
MT-27 Be sure to listen to audio for details.
MT-28 Another Mira Top showing the clean finish neckline and topstitching.
MT-28a At jobbed hemline, be sure the hem allowance is turned up before the vertical seam is pressed into place and top stitched.
MT-29 Tucks and basting for first fitting.
MT-30 IMHO the shirring 'droops' and I'd like it more taut - necessitating taking in the side seam of the shirred side.
MT-31 Dress forms DO come in handy!
MT-32 Taking in the shirred front at side seam.
MT-33 Note how much I am taking off the shirred front at the side seam. What I've cut off is important information...
MT-34 Taking the 'cut off' parts back to the pattern for records - saving this time the next top made of a knit with similar crosswise stretch.
MT-35 Recording on my pattern tissue.
MT-36 Stabilizing hem allowance with knit fusible interfacing.