Hi, I am working on the pattern Yoked Tunic Pattern #142 and it is a novice pattern. I’ve done some sewing but not a lot… the instructions that came with Pattern #142 aren’t quite clear to me and I’m not sure if there is some place on Burdastyle.com that I can turn to for clearer instructions?

My issue is mainly around the yoke… for example, the instructions for the yoke are as follows:

“Stitch shoulder seams on outer and inner yoke. Use tailor’s chalk to mark slit on both front yokes, at centre front. On one front yoke, mark attachment positions for tie bands, 1.5 cm and 2 cm (5/8 in and 3/4 in) above end of slit. Pin yokes together, right sides facing, pinning slit markings together. Stitch closely around slit marking, leaving 5 mm (3/16 in) open on right and left edge of slit at position for each tie band. As continuation of stitching, stitch along neck edge. Slash slit between lines of stitching. Trim seam allowances on neck edge. Turn inside yoke up and stitch to seam allowances, close to seam, stitching as far as possible at slit. Turn yoke right side out. Slide tie bands to inside through openings and stitch openings closed. Press slit edges. Baste open yoke edges together. Stitch yoke to front and back. Press seam allowances away from yoke.”

So for the first part, “Stitch shoulder seams on outer and inner yoke,” can I assume they mean stitch the shoulder seams of the outer and inner FRONT yoke? And I can’t quite figure out where the back, inner yoke comes into things.

I’m very confused… there are no illustrations in the instructions to explains this :(

Anyone able to advise?

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    May 12, 2014, 12.33 PMby Deanna31

    Ok. So when it says;

    “Stitch shoulder seams on outer and inner yoke. "

    What they mean is that you should have cut out 2 back yokes and 2 front yokes- one for the inside and one for the outside. Sew the front yoke to the back yoke by sewing across the shoulder. You should have 2 seperate yokes- one for the inside and one for the outside, both sewn on the shoulder.

    “Use tailor’s chalk to mark slit on both front yokes, at centre front. "

    fold the yoke in half and cut down the fold- which should be the centre front of the yoke (you are making the front split at the neck) You can make this as long or short as you like, its up to you. Or you can chalk the line in first then cut it. Do this to both yokes.

    “On one front yoke, mark attachment positions for tie bands, 1.5 cm and 2 cm (5/8 in and 3/4 in) above end of slit. Pin yokes together, right sides facing, pinning slit markings together. Stitch closely around slit marking, leaving 5 mm (3/16 in) open on right and left edge of slit at position for each tie band. As continuation of stitching, stitch along neck edge. "

    If you look at the picture, at the bottom of the neck split, there is a bow. The tie bands are the bow. A quicker way to do the bow then what they suggest, is to measure 2cm up from the bottom of the slit you’ve just made on one yoke, put one of the tie bands on the right side of the fabric, line the edge of the tie band with the edge of the split and stitch it in place 3mm in from the edge. Do the same with the other tie band to the other side of the split. Then put the other yoke on top, right side of fabrics together. You can pin it if you like. You need to stitch the splits of the front and back yoke together, then sew around the neck with a 5mm seam allowance (the 3mm sewing you did on the tie bands will then be hidden inside) and back down the other split. When you come to the point of the split, you need to put the needle as close as possible to the cut you made in the fabric- to get a really nice point when you turn it the other way.

    “Slash slit between lines of stitching. "

    Whoops, I told you a different way to do it. They cut the split after all the sewing. Im not sure which way you prefer. Personally I think its easier to cut it first then sew.

    “Trim seam allowances on neck edge. "

    You don’t have to do this if you sewed a 5mm seam allowance

    “Turn inside yoke up and stitch to seam allowances, close to seam, stitching as far as possible at slit. "

    Everything always sits and looks nicer if you top stitch the seam allowance to the inside lining. To do this for your top; stitch the seam allowance to the inside yoke as close as possible to the seam, and as close as possible to the corners. If you can’t go any further; back tack. Do this around the slit and neck.

    “Turn yoke right side out. Slide tie bands to inside through openings and stitch openings closed. "

    If you followed my instructions you don’t have to worry about this.

    “Press slit edges. "

    Put the outside and inside yokes wrong side of fabric together and press split and neck

    “Baste open yoke edges together. Stitch yoke to front and back. Press seam allowances away from yoke.”

    Sew the outside and inside yoke together along the edge that is furtherest from the neck all the way around. Sew the yoke onto the top. Seam allowances usually get pressed downwards, otherwise they will fight gravity.

    Phew that was a lot of writing! Hope you understand me. If not feel free to question

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