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Gallery: Londa's Terrific 'T' Knit Top Talking Pattern™

This Gallery contains the 'talking portion aspect'  for top quality construction and great basic necklines on 

Londa's Terrific 'T' Knit Top Talking Pattern™


Follow along in the pattern booklet for the COMPLETE directions.  You will be referred back to the general directions where appropriate.  

To LISTEN to my 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 to do so. 

  4.  To close that frame, click on the x in the lower right-hand corner.

Below is a 'Table of Contents' to allow you to quickly click through to certain categories of learning. 

  • Introduction:  ltt-1
  • Recommended Notioins:  ltt-2 thru ltt-8
  • Fit & Cut:  ltt-9 thru ltt-15
  • Construction Order:  ltt-16 thru ltt-20
  • Bound Neckline Finishes:   ltt-21 thru ltt-28
  • Ribbed neckline Finishes:  ltt-29 thru ltt-42
  • Snappy & Clean Neckline Finish:  ltt-43 thru ltt-48
  • Side seams:  ltt-49
  • Sleeve Insertion:  ltt-50-ltt-55 and YouTube Video: at www.youtube.com/user/londasews/videos  Setting Sleeves
  • Hem:  ltt-56 thru ltt-58


ltt-1
Introduction to the new staple top pattern in your pattern collection...Londa's Terrific 'T' Top Pattern.   


ltt-2
Titanium blades remain sharper longer. 

ltt-3
75 Stretch Needles are my favorite for sewing on all knits.


ltt-4
Twin Stretch Needles are my favorite for twin needle commercial look hemming.  Everyone can use them - which is why I give instructions for them in my patterns.  If you have a Cover Hem capability on your serger, or a dedicated Cover Hem machine - go ahead and use it! 

ltt-5
1 1/4" strips cut crosswise of knit fusible interfacing is perfect to stabilize hems. 

ltt-6
Lastin is m commercial grade clear elastic.  It's perfect for 'snappy' clean edge finishes! 


ltt-7
Vilene is a Japanese product which is the very very finest fusible web.  


ltt-7a
The Styling Design Ruler is great for drawing in any type of curve!

ltt-8
Silk organza makes the very best see-thru pressing cloth!



ltt-9
Note the looser fit when I select a Large based on my Full Bust measurement of 39".

ltt-10
A somewhat closer fit is achieved when I selected a medium size to cut based on my 37" High Bust (chest) measurement.  

ltt-11
Shorten a dart like this so that it ends at a circle 1" around your bust apex. 


ltt-12
Move a dart up or down by drawing a box around it, cutting and moving.  

ltt-13
OR move a dart by re-drawing its 'legs' to the appropriate level so as to point TO the bust. 

ltt-14
Fold your fabric like you see here so that you have folds for both center front and center back.  Be sure to measure from selvage to make sure both folds are exactly straight.  


ltt-15
For a sleeveless top, cut the armhole 1/2" or so higher at the underarm side seam.  

ltt-16
Shoulder seams MUST be stayed in some manner. 

ltt-16a
Lastin can be a bit tricky - listen to why and how to solve it for using as a shoulder stay. 



ltt-17
Clip into seam lines at any edge where it will fold back on itself to 'balance the bulk'. 

ltt-18
Press shoulder seam allowances towards the Back and seam allowances of edges in the opposite direction. 


ltt-19
Topstitch shoulder seam encasing 'stay'. 


ltt-20
Listen to this neat and clean way to end dart stitching!

ltt-21
Grade the seam of a binding to prevent undue bulk. 

ltt-22
Quarter both garment neckline and binding and match pins. 


ltt-23
Trimming for a nice clean edge is an important extra step I recommend. 

ltt-24
Finish by stitching in the ditch - 1 way to finish...

ltt-25
Or...stitch on the binding side of the seam close to the seam. 


ltt-26
OR..straddle the seam with a twin needle to secure the binding.  

ltt-27
For a 'v'd look without the point, just round out the 'V' on the pattern 

ltt-27a
Opened up, the top looks as you see for 'rounded' V neckline


ltt-28
Sewn, this is how a nice 'rounded' V neckline appears. 

ltt-29
Grading is also very important for Ribbed necklines.

ltt-30
Match up quartered markings on ribbing and neckline.  


ltt-31
Listen to understand that it is the distance from the needle to the FOLD of the ribbing, not the seam allowance width, that is most important.

ltt-32
Mark the ribbing as you see and hear for the mitered ribbing neckline finish.  

ltt-33
You must start RIGHT AT the point of the V.  Mark and key it up carefully.  ..


ltt-34
Listen to the reasoning for which side of the ribbing goes towards the garment. 

ltt-35
Baste first if necessary, but this is key to how nice (or not!) your V will appear! 

ltt-36
Finished look of a mitered ribbing neckline finish.  


ltt-37
Consult the printed booklet for directions. 

ltt-38
Stop 2" from the V point on the garment right side. 

ltt-39
Clip to the V at this time. 


ltt-40
Tuck everything into place and pin - better yet, baste. 


ltt-41
Complete the stitching. 

ltt-42
Stitch over previous stitching to fasten.


ltt-43
End look of Crossover V Neckline finish. 

LTT-LASTIN
Many factors can affect clear elastic application. 

ltt-44
Clipping into the seam allowance to balance the bulk...


ltt-45
This is how the Lastin application should look.  


ltt-46
Not enough stretch in Lastin

ltt-47
Done correctly, after final stitchin but BEFORE pressing, expect it to look like this - not a bit more gathered than this - at all.  



ltt-48
After a steam press, it looks gorgeous! 

ltt-49
Quick, non-bulky seam finish. 


ltt-50
Clip through front seam allowance at DOT for Cap Sleeve.  


ltt-51
Stagger clips for a better appearance.  

ltt-52
Turn seam allowances in towards each other, with lining being a bit shorter than outer side.   

ltt-53
Hand baste - really!


ltt-54
Machine topstitch to a V below the DOT. .

ltt-55
Bar Tack at the bottom 

ltt-56

Stabilize hem ALLOWANCE with strip of
cross grain cut fusible interfacing.
 



ltt-57
Always set up some kind of guide in order to stitch STRAIGHT! 

ltt-58
Trim the excess hem allowance above stitching VERY carefully as shown.  


ltt-59
Jean Muir hem look.

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