Coco top with a yoke

Hello all!  I am in that place where my blogging is not keeping up with my sewing (or even my life ) at the moment.  I might (a big might) write another one about that as there were some sewing adventures & some compulsory fabric purchasing (shortened to ‘CFP’ & defined as unavoidable weakness when in proximity to fabric.  I suffer from this a lot & it is virtual as well as a tangible condition.  I suspect I might not be alone ).

Coco top with a yoke

But for now I am going to rewind a few months to show something I made as a gift (hence no pics of me wearing it, much to your relief as I haven’t got my hair in order today).

This is a Coco top & I added a yoke to it both in the bodice and at the sleeve tops.

Coco top with a yoke

It ‘s not that hard to add a yoke – you just need to be clear about where you want it to sit (I suggest that a horizontal seam right across the fullest part of your bust is not necessarily the best place 😉 )  And you could stop there, but I wanted the tops of the sleeves to mirror the yoke on the bodice.  So once I had drawn my bodice yoke line, I then needed to align the sleeves as if they were sewn in to work out where to continue the yoke line in the sleeve pattern.  Tempting as it might be to just slice through your original pattern you need to make copies of the bodice & sleeves because you need to add seam allowances to the horizontal seams.  But then you end up with a pattern to use again.  Reward for your new pattern drafting !

Coco top with a yoke

The fabric is some soft mid weight jersey in a cream/ green stripe that I had bought with this very intention a bit too long ago to expect it to still be in stock.  I can’t even remember where the cream ponte came from.

I have been having a lot of success using clear elastic on turned over necklines in knits like this.  I was reminded of it when this helpful tutorial was published by Maria Denmark on adding invisible elastic to knit necklines

Clear elastic attached to wrong side of neckline

Clear elastic attached to wrong side of neckline

It involves two passes at the neckline, sewing the elastic to the wrong side before folding (with an all important steam of the iron in between) to finish the neckline.

Sewing from the right side to finish the neckline with a folded edge, elastic sandwiched in the middle

Sewing from the right side to finish the neckline with a folded edge, elastic sandwiched in the middle

I find it gives a better level of stability to the neckline (as I sit here in a teeshirt I made that has a boatneck & gapes dreadfully).

coco topAnd to finish these adorable nautical buttons- no more left now.  Thanks Zoe, who sent them to me all those months years ago.  They are from Textile Garden – whilst having a quick roam amongst some stunners, I came across some anchor-readys, there may be more if you look harder… .

 

9 thoughts on “Coco top with a yoke

  1. PsychicSewerKathleen

    Thank you for that reference to the clear elastic tutorial! I’ve been meaning to try this but I keep forgetting how! I love your T-shirt! Gorgeous alteration with the yoke addition and matching it on the arms – I think I might just pop over to Tilly’s web site and order one. I am such a fan of her patterns! Have you tried the Orla blouse? It’s just beautiful!

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  2. Noni Vandenberg

    Thanks for your tutorials. I just finished binge reading some of your blog. We have lots in common…vegetarian, runner, and love of sewing. (I’m a few years older.)I’m a big fan of yours. ( Don’t worry, I live in th U. S.) We also have similar taste in what to sew. I’m currently making butterick 5526 (thanks to you and Lauren). I love those shirts with a print fabric. I also bought Simplicity amazing fit chinos pattern. I’m going to make that next if I ever finish my shirt.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Lovely to hear from you Noni, thank you & hello!! I am also about to make some Amazing Fit Chinos, I suspect they may get cut out this weekend …just maybe! I hope you enjoy making & wearing yours….I think they will be a great spring pair of trousers 🙂

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  3. Caroline

    This is a cool Coco! Adding a yoke looks really effective – I did this with my contrast Coco dress. This pattern is a classic and everyone should have a Coco in their closet.

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  4. Noni Vandenberg

    Thank you for your tutorials! I just got through binge reading some of your older blogs. I loved your thoughts on finishing a serged seam. I am just finishing my second muslin of butterick 5526. Yours and Lauren ‘s post on this button down shirt have sure helped.

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    1. Noni Vandenberg

      Oops… glitch with my computer. I didn’t know the last one had actually posted. Sorry for the duplicate.

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