I love dress and top styles with yokes--it's a classic look! Here's Hedy Lamarr in a yoked dress:
On Monday, I made a yoked top with McCalls 6435:
Both styles remind me of the elegant 40s! The sweetheart neckline and the yoke with asymmetry were mainstays of fashion back then! I guess that's why I simply loved this pattern from the first moment I saw it!
I orginally planned to make a sleeveless version of View A, but when it came time to actually cut my fabric, I went with View C instead. It was a better fit for my fabric. Next time, I'll make the version with the sweetheart neckline!
I used a solid white cotton-modal knit for the yoke--it's leftover from another top I made earlier. For the bottom portion, I used a ruffled poly. My top doesn't have a vintage look to it because I used trendy fabric, but my next one will definitely have a vintage vibe to it.
Here's my top:
You can find pre-ruffled fabric in most fabric stores. They've been around for a couple of years and are easy to sew with.
To ensure that the ruffles would line up neatly, I stay stitched them down, pinned them like I would stripes, and then stitched the side seams. It turned out well--everything lined up perfectly!
As is, the ruffles have a shine to them:
I didn't like the shine, so I turned it upside down and ended up with a matte finish. Sometimes, you have to be creative to make it work.
The pattern is drafted well--the pieces fit together perfectly and the sizing was what I expected it to be.
Note, though, that the neckline is quite high on this. What you see on the pattern envelope is what you get.
Up next is the yellow-black-white fitted and flared top from OOP Simplicity 9203--all I have left to do are the buttonholes and the facings.
Make this day a good one!