Today we are making burritos! Eating is my second-most-favorite past time (after sewing), so this post incorporates 2 loves. 😉
I talked with Jen about why she didn’t include this construction method in her instructions, since it is my vastly preferred shirt yoke construction method, and I get it. It is harder to explain. NOT harder to DO, but harder to explain. Let’s see how I manage.
First off, lay your back + yokes on a table/cutting mat and check to make sure the two yokes line up evenly on all edges. If you didn’t stitch both yokes accurately to the back piece, it will just create a trickle-down problem in this next step. Isn’t that always how it is in sewing, darn it all!
Next, move the yoke facing so that is against the wrong side of the shirt back. See that yoke facing peeking out on the left under the shirt back?
Now lay your shirt front against the shirt back+yoke, right sides together. It doesn’t matter which side you start with – the process is the same for both sides. I started with the left shirt front. Then just put one pin in to hold the shirt front to the yoke; this is not the time for fussy pinning!
Roll up the shirt front and back together. Don’t get toooooo close to the front yoke shoulder seam, because you do not want to catch this burrito filling in your stitching. You should be able to see the entire yoke facing at this point.
Grab the yoke facing and wrap it around the burrito filling (aka the shirt front + back). Bring it all the way to the front yoke shoulder seam. NOW is the time for fussy pinning. Align all three raw edges so they are even, and pin in place. As shown in this picture, you should have a yoke facing+shirt front+shirt back+yoke sandwich, errrr burrito.;-)
Stitch across the yoke front shoulder seam, and then reach inside from the neck edge and pull the shirt front + shirt back out. Ta daaaaaa! A totally enclosed yoke+shirt front should seam with no raw edges. BAM!
Repeat for the other side, and celebrate with a glass of wine. Or the adult beverage of your choice. 😉