yoke

Trace Dress no. 1 in the necessary size. Cut out pattern piece. Next, print the yoke pattern piece, making sure to scale your printer to print at 100%.

Double check test box to make sure the pattern printed at correct size. Trim edges, match numbers and tape two pieces together. Then cut out yoke pattern piece in corresponding size.

Place yoke pattern piece on top of dress pattern, matching shoulders and neckline. Tape down and trace along curve. Remove  pattern piece.

Cut along line. Add 1/2 inch (12 mm) seam allowance, by re-tracing pieces or taping curved 1/2 inch (12 mm) strips. Label both pieces.

Next, place modified dress pattern piece on main fabric. Weight,  trace and cut. Repeat for back piece.

Place yoke pattern piece on contrasting fabric. Weight, trace and cut. Repeat for back yoke. 

Stay stitch yoke and dress to prevent pieces stretching out while working. Sew along the curved edge, using 1/4 inch (6 mm) seam allowance.

Next, fold yoke in half and place a pin in the middle, repeat for second piece. Do the same with both dress pieces.

With right sides facing, pin yoke piece to main dress piece, first matching the pins in the middle. Then pin on each side, allowing a small triangle of the dress piece to overhang.

Pin by working towards the middle from each side, easing the larger curve of the dress to fit the curve of the yoke.

Sew using 1/2 inch (12 mm) seam allowance and with dress side up. Smooth out any wrinkles as you go. Finish edges with pinking shears, zigzag stitch or serger. Press seams open or down.

Trim trianglular points of dress fabric at each arm hole. Follow directions in the pattern booklet to complete the dress.