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November 14, 2017

Holy Yokes! Pt. 2 of 2!

by Arleen

Last week I set out to make the sweetest little dresses you ever did see. I used this basic dress pattern I found on Etsy with several yoke variations all on the same skirt. It even included basic embroidery stitches, so you can really add all the details.

Ta-Da! The finished dresses!

 

 

 

I left off with some real cute yokes last week. The next step is to prepare the skirt. I pre finished my seams with my serger so that these dresses are multi wash ready without any fraying. You can also use a zig-zag, or overcast stitch with your sewing machine, or use pinking shears. Then sew the pleats. The pattern doesn’t state how long to make each pleat, so I just winged it and marked about 1.5″ from the armhole.

 

 

Go ahead and sew the back seam. However you are going to stop a couple inches shy of the top. Again, the pattern doesn’t say where to stop, so again, I winged it at 2″ from the top back of the skirt panel. Iron seam open and top stitch.

 

 

Next lets finish off those armholes. I am not going to lie, this is probably my favorite detail. The pattern says to double fold for a narrow hem. I knew this would look junky, so I opted for bias tape. If you have never tried this for the neck or armcycle (heehee, armcycle?) of a garment, do it. It’s a game changer. Start by cutting 1 inch strips on the bias. This will give stretch to the tape, which will help when sewing it onto a curve.

 

 

Iron each piece of in half, long ways, so your strips are about 5″ x 1/2″. Alighn the raw edges of your strip to the raw edge of the armhole on the right side of the dress. Sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″. Iron bias tape to the inside of the dress. Pin and edge stitch from the inside of the dress, incasing the raw edges in the binding. That’s it! You can do this for any edge and get a gorgeous pro finish.

 

 

Getting closer! We need to gather the tops of the front and back panels and attach to the yokes. Pin well! This is my advice. I will help keep the gathers even. I sewed with the gathered side on top just to be in control of all those folds. Once attached, iron the seam allowance up into the yoke. Fold up the raw edge of the yoke facing and press. Top stitch to front and back yokes (the outside of the dress) catching and closing the facing in the process. Half of mine ended up beautiful, half a little bit wonky. Don’t sweat it. If it looks great on the outside and the inside is at least secure, no worries, just move on.

All that’s left is just the hem. I just did a narrow hem, double folded 1/4″, incasing the raw edge and edge stitched to finish.

 

 

 

Well there you have it! Two finished dresses, ready to gift! Thanks for reading along (double points for both weeks!) and I sure hope you’ll give this pattern a try. For four bucks, you don’t have much to lose.

Cheers!

Arleen xo

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One Response to Holy Yokes! Pt. 2 of 2!

  1. Lindsay Goranson Reply

    November 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Sooooooooo cute! Beautiful work, Arleen!

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