Alder Sew Along Day 8: Yoke Method 2

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

This second method of attaching a yoke is also known as the burrito method because everything gets rolled up inside the yokes like a burrito. To start, sew the outer yoke to the dress back at a 1/4″ seam allowance with right sides facing.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Flip the dress over and attach the inside yoke with the right side of the yoke facing the wrong side of the dress. Stitch at the normal 1/2″ seam allowance.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

You’re then left with this. Don’t grade your seams yet if you haven’t done this before, we’re going to want to wait to do that till the end so you can make sure everything went together properly first.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Next, with the wrong side of the dress back facing up, flip up the inside yoke. Don’t press it up yet, we’re going to do that later, and make sure that you’re only working with the inside yoke at this point. Pin the front dress pieces together with the inside yoke. You’ll want the right side of the inside yoke facing the wrong side of the dress front, as shown in the photo above.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Stitch across both seams at 1/4″ and lay the dress out flat with the outer yoke still flipped down towards the hem of the dress.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Roll the dress front and back up into the yokes as pictured above. This is the burrito filling!

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Fold up the outer yoke and pin the two shoulder seams together.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Stitch across both seams at the regular 1/2″ seam allowance. Don’t grade anything yet.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Unfurl the dress to make sure that you sewed everything facing the right direction and everything went together smoothly. If you’re having trouble turning the dress right side round, just pull it out of the neckline of the burrito.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Once you’ve made sure everything was sewn correctly, flip your seams and grade them.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Lay the dress out flat and give the seam lines a good press.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 8 | Yoke Method 2

Topstitch along the seam lines, I again did 1/16″ at the front of the yoke and 1/4″ at the back because that’s what I like on my denim dresses but you can stitch this part at any width you’d like. Also stitch around the neckline and armholes within the seam allowances so that they act as one layer when attaching the collar and binding the armholes.

That’s the burrito yoke, not too bad really! See you back here next time for the skirt and side seams.

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10 Responses to Alder Sew Along Day 8: Yoke Method 2

  1. Carly says:

    Hi Jen! I’ve never tried this method….very interesting!
    Denim is the fabric I’m using too for my alder – but I haven’t started sewing yet – and I was wondering which kind of thread you’re using for the seams and for topstitching? Is it the same or the topstitching is done with a thicker theard?
    Thanks
    Carly

    • Jen says:

      I’m just using regular Guterman all purpose thread. I find that sometimes the topstitching thread is a bit more contrast than I’m looking for so in those cases I just use all purpose.

  2. Love this method, so neat and quick!

  3. lr says:

    I’m in on this one- at least for my denim version.
    Looks great!

  4. Justina says:

    I love this method! I tried it for the first time last night and my yoke came out much neater than my other one! 🙂 Thank you for sharing it!

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  9. klarisabet says:

    I stumbled across this sew-along while figuring out how to make a man’s shirt. Thank you for brilliant and valuable instructions!

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