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Old 11-25-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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How do you ladies make your yokes (if you wear one)? I'm talking about the removable kind that women usually bead or applique. How do you make sure that they sit properly against your shoulders, back and chest? For you, is it all one piece that you put over your head, or do you use a zipper?

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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making a yoke

The yoke should be made as two or three pieces sewn together. Use two pieces if it will open/close on the shoulder. Use three pieces (one for back, two for front sides) if it will open/close with a zipper or velcro up the front.

If you make the yoke in one piece, it won't look right and won't stay in place because shoulders are not horizontal, rather they angle down a bit from the neck. This slope will need to be matched on the yoke. The degree of slope varies from person to person so you might want to experiment with heavy but cheap fabric until you get the yoke to lay properly.

If the yoke is fully beaded or has a fringe of heavy jingles it might stay in place by itself but for extra security, you will need some way of temporarily attaching it to your dress. Easiest would be to pin it on each side of your neck at the collar. You could also possibly sew on some snap fasteners to both yoke and dress.
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Czechy, do you think a t-shirt would work as a pattern? I think that is what some friends of mine used for their kids.
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I make my templates out of brown grocery bag paper. The t-shirt material might be too stretchy to give you an accurate pattern.
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Could you draw or show a pattern of a yolk on here? I want to make one for my baby girl and am not quite sure how it should go. Thanx
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Here is a basic diagram:
The 2-piece one closes on the shoulder with velcro, ties, snaps, whatever.

The 3-piece one is meant to be closed down the center front.

Both are sewn together at the shoulders.

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I thought this might be of interest. during my trip to Jo Ann Fabrics, I looked through the pattern books to find a cape pattern, as there are a lot of dresses with capes. I found one that is part of a period costume. it has a fur collar,and is open in the front, but i figured the pattern could be adjusted lengthwise and in the front. What do you think?

http://butterick.mccall.com/b5265-pr...hp?page_id=385
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Here is a basic diagram:
The 2-piece one closes on the shoulder with velcro, ties, snaps, whatever.

The 3-piece one is meant to be closed down the center front.

Both are sewn together at the shoulders.

This is just what I've done and it works perfectly. I used to use a brown paper bag as a pattern, and you can fit it directly to the shoulders of whoever, so it fits better than a commercial pattern.

I think the next time I do this I will put some snaps at the shoulders of the dress and the yoke, so it won't shift.
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