From working on a 4,000 word (plus 11 appendices) project what itch better to scratch than sewing something completely unplanned, but something that took my fancy?
I think it was earlier in the week that Colette Patterns blog contained this attention grabbing tutorial created by Rachel – to add a yoke to the Sencha pattern. Like the sewing starved lass I was I lapped it up, accessing a piece of black lace that’s been hanging around & looked desperately for some fabric to sew around it (I was even tempted to carve up a black silk skirt that I don’t wear much).
Have no fear, silk skirt, you live to hang in the wardrobe another day as I found a piece of polyester something that had lovely drape bought aeons ago to line a piece of embroidered chiffon.
But there was not enough fabric to make a full Sencha so I had me a puzzle. The solution came to me via a brain burstingly well behaved, finally rid of aforementioned project. All it took was minimum hem allowances on the sleeve turnings as well as cutting the back in one piece on the fold instead of the two pieced button up back (this saved me quite a lot of excees width). I reckon this version of Sencha took less than a metre (basically I used the shoulder- hem length worth of fabric) But how was I to get into it?
Well the clue came from the lace yoke tutorial – the neck edge is finished with bias binding (yay – I also made my own using another ace Colette patterns tutorial). I cut a slit at the top & made one of those continuous lap finishes like for shirt sleeves.
Anyway, I loved making this, adding the lace made it seem so dainty & special. I even tacked it. Yes – would you believe it – me, (with genes confirmed by my Mum as not being “tacker” genes) I needed to secure the neck edge, particularly the lace to the bias so I could sew it with the lace on top (my machine didn’t take to the lace). All this trouble made it feel more precious than just something assembled from scraps in my stash.
I think this yoke really works in Sencha – I will make more like this. I know that Debbie & Ali have “yoke love” & I can see why now – maybe it’s contagious? By the way, anyone notice the black permanent marker on any of my fingers?
This is why – dot-to-dot. My bias binding was black with white polka dots & it was just a bit too busy with the lace. Shhh – don’t tell!