November 11, 2014

I hope that you feel good about what we accomplished yesterday and are ready for a much easier day today.

Prepare the back inverted pleat by matching the circles (marked on my fabric by yellow tailors tacks) to the center back (indicated by a notch) on the upper edge of the back. Pin and Press.

Baste at 1/2” over both sides of the pleat to secure. Basting is a long (usually the longest stitch on your machine), temporary stitch used to hold pieces of fabric in place until the final stitching is done.  Do not backstitch on either end.  You can remove these stitches later on.

With wrong sides together, pin the back piece top to the back edge of the yoke, matching notches.  Stitch at 1/4″.

Trim the seam allowance down to 1/8″.

Open the yoke up and away from the back piece with right sides up.  Press the seam allowance up towards the yoke.

Fold the yoke back down towards the back piece with right sides together and press the edge.

Pin and stitch at 1/4″.

Press the french seam allowance up towards the yoke.

And that’s it for today!

Tomorrow we will sew up those side seams so it starts to look more like a shirt and less like a rain poncho 🙂

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