Grainline Archer Sew-Along: Attaching the Yokes Burrito-Style

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!

Grainline Archer Sew-Along by Sew Maris

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?

Grainline Archer Sew-Along by Sew Maris

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!

Grainline Archer Sew-Along by Sew Maris

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.

Grainline Archer Sew-Along by Sew Maris

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.;-)

Grainline Archer Sew-Along by Sew Maris

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. 😉

Happy sewing!





3 Responses to Grainline Archer Sew-Along: Attaching the Yokes Burrito-Style

  1. Hello:

    Wouldn’t it be easier to cut a back yoke exactly matching at the long horizontal seam and slightly oversized on all other edges. Sew , turn,match and trim to size. Am I missing something here?

    • Sorry, Laurie, I am not following what you are suggesting. You need an inner and outer yoke so that there are no unfinished edges on the shirt, and the burrito method just allows the front yoke to front shirt seams to be completely enclosed.

  2. Hello,
    I have a basic sense of what you are doing but I think it would be helpful to see the finished product so I can assess if it would be viable for me. I still think an oversized back facing trimmed and seamed at the shoulder( and overcast for finish) would be smoother. All layers would read as one and line up perfectly. But I appreciate interesting alternatives. Thanks!!

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