Right now I am making another version of M’s favorite top. This was the top that I tried the pivot and slide method of fitting and was successful on the first try. I’ve made a white version with a lace yoke, another white version with embroidery, and now this tan version. The following alterations were made to the design: the length was shortened, the neckline was raised and made less wide, and that resulted in the shoulder seams being longer. M wears these in the office with a cardigan and they look very nice with the embroidery showing. We decided that sleeves weren’t really necessary and that the sleeves might even be uncomfortable with a cardigan over the top, so I’m making a few sleeveless tops. This gives me a chance to try out new embroidery designs now that the machine is back in operation.
It would be a pain to try and seam in the yoke inset, pivoting at the corners in the usual way, so I just iron under the seam allowances, carefully pin it on top of the front, and edgestitch it down. The following photo shows the inside of the yoke with the seams unclipped at the corners because of the easier method of sewing on the yoke.
The yoke has a lining, so the edges will be turned under on that and it will be hand stitched down. A row of topstitching will hold it down nice and flat. I haven’t done that yet on the tan top, but you can see that there are two rows of white stitching around the yoke on the Elegant Florals top below. One was done to attach the yoke, the next (inner line) was done after the lining was hand stitched on the inside. The buttonhole stitching was the last step and helps to accent the color of the embroidery.
This pattern is really pretty easy to sew. There is bias binding to put around the neckline and armholes, side seams, and hem left to do.
I have been trying to clean some stash out of the sewing room and came across a box of old patterns. I pulled out two classic girls dress patterns because I wanted a pattern with a peter pan collar. One of these patterns is from the late 70’s, and one from the mid 80’s.
I like both dress patterns, but then I always did have a thing for tucks.