I'm happy to bring you the Georgia Top Sew Along!
The Georgia Top is a versatile knit top pattern you will make over and over. She's gonna be your best friend AND you can make her in under TWO hours! Here's a sew along with full color photos to help guide you through and you'll learn everything you need to know to get begin sewing on knits.
Blue Dot instructions are fully illustrated and divided into areas of construction or steps. Working on one area at a time takes the mystery out of garment construction and helps you learn how to sew. For example, when you finish the "Neckline" construction, you'll know how to construct a neckline on any basic t-shirt pattern, with or without instructions.
Georgia has 4 major steps: Bands, Neckline, Body and Finishing
4 steps....easy peasy, right?
Okay....are you ready to have a new top in under two hours?
Here's what you'll need:
Some things you should know before we get started (and before you sew with any knits):
You don't need a serger to sew with knits. Certainly it can make it easier and faster but I'm here to tell you, and more importantly show you, how to do it with your regular machine. All knits are different so every time I start a project I make a test swatch to see which stitch works with my fabric. After putting a ball point needle in my machine I try different stitches:
Pattern layout and cutting:
I decided to make my Georgia a tunic length so I added 3" to the hem of the front and back pattern pieces and hem the bottom instead of adding a waistband.
I used a navy and white stripe mystery knit I bought on my trip to the NY fabric district. It's the weight of a ponte knit with great recovery (it bounces back to shape after it's stretched). Because I used a stripe I took the time to line up the stripes before I laid the pattern pieces on the fabric (see below).
Pin your pieces down (using the layout in the pattern), cut them out and mark the notches with a 1/4" clip from your scissors at each notch, center front and center back.
Notes about sewing:
All seam allowances are 1/2".
RST (means "right sides together" or pretty sides of the fabric facing each other).
Now you're ready....here we go!
Step 1: Bands
With RST, stitch armbands and neckband ends together forming a circle. Press bands in half.
Step 2: Neckline
With RST, stitch front to back at shoulders. Press seam toward the back.
With RST, pin neckband to neckline matching center fronts, center backs and notches to shoulders.
Stitch in place, stretching neckband to fit.
Tip: To make your neckband even, be sure the distance between the left edge of your foot and the fold of your neckband are equal.
Step 3: Body and Sleeves
With RST, stitch front to back at side seams. Press seam toward the back.
With RST, pin armband to arm, matching notches and underarm seams. Stitch in place stretching armbands to fit.
Step 4: Finishing (yes you're already there!)
I'm leaving the waistband off and opting for a straight hem. If you add the band it attaches the same way the neckline did. Most people are afraid of hemming knits but follow these steps and you will be an expert:
With your twin needle, topstitch the neckline 1/8" from the neck band. Repeat for the armband.
It looks great!
That's it guys! You're done! I bet your chick flick hasn't even ended!
I'd love to see your finished Georgia. Send me a pic.
Enjoy your sewing....and your movie.
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.