|PlayDate dress by oliver+s in Modern WorkShop|
Sewing the Yoke
Fold,press and sew the button loops.
If you sew them on tissue paper there is less chance of your machine ''eating'' them(oliver+s tip) and sew with a smaller stitch length for a neat finish((Clever Charlotte tip).
Transfer the markings and pin the yoke backs to the yoke fronts.
Sew both sets,yoke top and yoke lining.
The sewn yoke(you will have two)
To help sew a very smooth curve I like to trim even the tiniest excess seam overhang.
Following the instructions fold and press the back yoke seam to the inside on both pieces.
Pin the yoke right sides together.
I like to pin the seams and centre front first.
Remember when stitching the outside seam start and finish sewing at the transferred dots!
Note,if your child has a bigger head,stitch a larger seam allowance around the neck.
It can also help to draw the stitching line with chalk.
This bit is left unstitched!
After sewing give it a good press.
Trim the seams from the marking dots.
Consider reversing a few times at the shoulders seams....this seam can loosen with repeated ''tugging'' over the head.
Stitched and trimmed.
Ready to turn through.
Pull the yoke through gently!
Roll the seams under your fingers to get a nice curve. When you are happy with seam press well.
At the centre back yoke fold the unstitched seam allowance up.
Take your time and be accurate. You want a gentle curve not a straight line.
When you are happy with the finish press well.
These folds will be your sewing guides when completing the yoke.
Following the pattern,pin the top yoke out of the way.
Unfold and pin the centre back seam together from the bottom of the yoke up to the marked dot.
Note-if your child has a big noggin don't stitch all the way to the marked dots. This will give you a little more ease.
After sewing press the seam open taking care not iron out the previous fold lines.
Flip the yoke over and repeat on the other yoke piece.
This is what you should be left with.
Following the directions twist the yoke,match the back seams and pin together.
Consider drawing the sewing line to get a nice curve.
After sewing,trim and press the seam.
Turn,finger press and then press with the iron.
Insert the button loop on the correct side and pin in place.
Top stitch the open edges of the yoke together making sure both pieces are caught.
Consider reverse stitching at the bottom of the yoke opening,as this piece takes some stress when tugging over your daughters head!
Ta-dah! A perfect yoke.
Next attaching the yoke to the dress.
I hope you will come back for a look.....