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Sewing Yokes – 7 stunning Yoke patterns for your dresses

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How to make yoke patterns for your clothes

“A yoke is a shaped pattern piece which forms part of a garment, usually fitting around the neck and shoulders, or around the hips to provide support for looser parts of the garment, such as a gathered skirt or the body of a shirt” – wikipedia . I cannot give a better explanation than this to a very important element which adds to the beauty of a garment be it a kid’s dress or a night gown or even at the back of a shirt.

To make patterns of yokes we should first draft a front bodice pattern on paper; the most important marking here is the armhole depth – refer the table to mark this. This is a fitting armhole. If you want a more loose fit add 1/2 – 1 inch to it. 

Bust measurement inchesArmhole depth
2661/4

286 3/4
306 3/4
327
347 1/4
367 1/4
387 1/4
407 1/2
427 1/2

 

 

Simple Round yoke yoke stylesyoke pattern

On A-B mark point 2 such that E-2 = 3/4 inch; 

From line G-E  mark up 3/4 inch to point 1 on armhole line.

 

Join the two points 1 & 2 in a soft curved line forming the lower line of the round yoke; cut out the yoke and the lower portion separately.

When you mark this pattern on the cloth do not forget to give 1/4 or 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

 how to stitch a yoke

If you want gathers on the lower part this can be drawn after the paper pattern is cut and separated into the yoke and the lower part

Full round yoke 

round yoke1

yoke design stitching for kurti

Add the necessary seam allowance (1/4 inch or 1/2 inch ) when cutting from the cloth. If necessary add allowance for gathers in the lower bodice pattern.

Straight yoke 

straight yoke

yoke

 

 

Mark point 1 on the line A-B such that A-1 = 6 or 7 inch

Draw a line straight from point 1 to the armhole 1-2

Cut along the line 1-2 in the paper pattern . Add the necessary seam allowance (1/4 inch or 1/2 inch ) when cutting from the cloth. If necessary add allowance for gathers in the lower bodice pattern.

 

  

Square Yoke Pattern

This pattern can be styled in two ways – one starting from the shoulders and the other one starting from the armhole.

square yoke2

YOKE PATTERN
Once the paper pattern for the dress is done on paper, mark point 1 such that F-1 = 5 inch ( may take 4 inch for kids)

On the fold line mark a point 2 such that A-2 = 10 inch ( for kids’ dresses 7 inch)

Now mark point 3 such that 2-3 is 3 inch ( for kids 2 inches)

Cut out the yoke pattern ; add seam allowance of 1/4 or 1/2 inch

 

 

square yoke

 

 yoke 6

Add the necessary seam allowance (1/4 inch or 1/2 inch ) when cutting from the cloth. If necessary add allowance for gathers in the lower bodice pattern.

Pentagonal yoke patternyoke stitching

 

Mark a point 1 on the armhole line 2 inches from line G-E

Mark 2 on line A-B such that A-2 = 10 inches

 

 

 

 

 

Add the necessary seam allowance (1/4 inch or 1/2 inch ) when cutting from the cloth. If necessary add allowance for gathers in the lower bodice pattern.

Side Yokes

Mark the neck depth as C-D

From D mark 2 1/2 inches to point 2yoke styles for kurtis

From point G mark down 4 inches

Draw a curved line touching points G- 2 -C

This is the side yoke line – add 1/4 or 1/2 inch seam allowance when cutting from fabric

This yoke should be cut out and sewn to the rest of the front bodice. Then it is finished the same way that the front bodice is finished

Sewing a Yoke to your bodice is described in the post on sewing a night dress

night dress pattern

You can draft the neckline in different styles following the tutorial. Embellish it with some hand embroidery or some sashiko embroidery designs . Add a placket to the yoke by following this tutprial.

 

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