I am extremely behind on blogging as can be imagined. This year has been a difficult one on all accounts but I am making it a goal to get through the items that are completed and hanging in my wardrobe before the year is over.
First up is the Yoke Dress (**affiliate link) by Rebecca Page. It is a summery floaty, V-neck, sleeveless dress and top available in both ladies and children’s patterns. Sizes range from XXS-5XL with the optional top, mid-thigh, and knee lengths. It is a relatively easy item to sew with the fiddly parts being the yoke and arm binding.
The dress is quite loose and forgiving, perfect for a summer feast. I must admit, I do prefer mine belted however as I feel it’s more me. I used some satin in sandwash army (100% polyester). I made the knee length version in a medium and required close to 3m of fabric. It is hard to see from the photos but from the line drawing you can tell the dress is made up of multiple panels rather than just a front and back. It is extremely important however to label all the pieces once cut out, to distinguish the front from the back. I chose to use french seams for all of mine which is detailed in the instructions. This takes longer but my internal finish is nicer and more long lasting considering the fabric isn’t the best quality. Speaking of fabric, although this one feels and looks great, it shows marks and stains.
I was concerned about the fit around the armscye as sometimes it can feel tight in this area and as I was constructing the dress it felt that would be the case however once it was completed this wasn’t an issue. If you are prone to this problem I would perhaps recommend a muslin. The instructions are extremely thorough and guide you through understitching and edgestitching to create a flat crisp edge in the armhole and keep the seams from shifting in the binding and also for the yoke.
The yoke dress can be made to suit any occasion from a dressy night out, to a beach day and even a fancy nightgown. It is highly versatile and feminine.
**This post contains affiliate links to Rebecca Page Patterns