Floral Pintuck Yoke Knit Shirt

IMG_6502I’ve been working on getting more me-made casual tops into my wardrobe in preparation for Me-Made-May. So, I finished this floral pintuck yoke (I know it’s technically a bib, but I don’t like calling it that) top this past weekend.


I’m happy to report that I’m really making progress on my UFO pile lately. This is another item that I cut out last year but left unfinished. I drafted the pattern around the same time as my lace yoke sweetheart and dolman tops. It was as simple as cutting a yoke out of my basic shirt pattern and slashing and separating to create the new pintuck yoke pattern piece. The sleeves have darts on either side of the shoulder seam.

IMG_5309I think pintucks are one of my favorite details on clothing, and I really enjoy sewing them. Any other pintuck lovers out there?



After looking at these pictures, I realize that I need to wear a camisole underneath this top to help, erm, smooth things out a bit. The material is super-duper thin and it’s probably slightly see-through.

IMG_6467I need to take in the neck band a tiny bit to eliminate that bit of wrinkling going on.

IMG_6496I took pictures under one of my flowering trees because my shirt matched so well. I think this is a crabapple tree. Can anyone tell from the pictures? If you know for sure, please let me know. 🙂

IMG_6487My twin needle setting was being feisty when I did the hem and sleeves, but the stitching won’t be too bad once I give it a better pressing.

IMG_6500Half of my pictures came out with squinted or closed eyes and a frown. There were bees circling me the whole time I was under the blooming tree. So, I was trying my hardest not to think about the approaching buzzing. I must say, I’ve come a long way in my tolerance of bees of all kinds. I used to take off running if I so much as heard a buzzing sound near me.

IMG_6460I should be over it, but I still get self-conscious and embarrassed taking pictures of myself in our yard. The way that our house is situated, all of our neighbors have a front row seat to our life. Ha! They must think that I’m an extremely vain person.

IMG_6495I’m a happy girl with all the spring colors popping up. The tree that these pictures were taken under is outside my bedroom window, so I can look at it while working on sewing projects.


Unfortunately, some icky friends decided to move in along with the blooms.

IMG_6514Caterpillars don’t normally bother me. In fact, I think they’re pretty cool. However, a nest of caterpillars is another story. I’ll admit it’s quite interesting, but it’s also quite gross. The lump in the middle is a ball of caterpillars.

IMG_6517You should have seen this thing midday; it was disgusting! All of the caterpillars were in a dog pile on the outside of the tent.


Blech! Why aren’t all of the wasps doing there job?

  1. angie

    April 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    There are caterpillars, and there are caterpillars. I love monarchs, and other butterflies, but the caterpillars who eat and kill the pecan trees- no patience with them. The hummingbird moth (a very neat moth!) who lays eggs on the tomato plants that turn into those tomato hornworm caterpillars- no patience.

    Take a broomstick or something, and make a hole in the tent/net/whatever, so the wasps can get in. BUT WAIT! It’s not the wasps you’re thinking of.

    Also, your best friend is something called a braconid wasps (unless you are planting a butterfly garden). They are wasps, but don’t worry or freak yet!! They’re tiny! Not like your standard wasp, and they certainly wouldn’t attack you or the puppy!


    We’re just getting into oak caterpillar season here- no idea what these guys are actually called, but last year there were so many on the road that, while i’m driving at 50 mph, the entire roadway looks like its moving. Nasty!

    The shirt is very cute, and becomes you well. I am looking forward to your posts on the May thing. Does it count if i wear jewelry i’ve made every day, instead of clothes? My sewing skills are so bad it takes hours and hours for me to make anything, and i’ll probly never have enough time to wear only me-made clothing!

    Glad to see you back!
    Angie in texas

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Yeah, nobody likes pest that kill our beloved plants and trees! Boo! Yeah, I’m gonna do something to get rid of them before they destroy all of the foliage. Thanks for the info about those wasps. I have seen those little guys around here and there. That is disgusting about those oak caterpillars. It sounds like my worst nightmare!

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to Me-Made-May also. You should totally wear jewelry that you’ve made every day! How fun! I’m not a jewelry maker. I’ve tried, but been unsuccessful. 🙂

  2. Ashley

    April 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

    You are a sewing machine! So many new makes! I love the color combo with the jersey and the floral yoke. The pintucked yoke is such a cute detail to add, I never would have thought of that. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks! I’ve just been busy sewing and not posting for weeks, so now I have a flurry of posts to catch up on. 🙂 I really love pintucks. I have to hold myself back from adding them to every thing.

  3. IngeMaakt

    April 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This is a lovely shirt! I love the yoke and this is a great colour for you. I wish I had a backyard like that, instead of just a little balcony. Catterpillars would be welcome too 🙂

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much! I’ve discovered that I really like shades of pink. I don’t know why I used to shirk away from them so much.

      I can’t even tell you how much I love having a yard (even if it isn’t the prettiest, right now)! These pictures were taken in my front/side yard. We have a pretty large yard. We’re actually redoing it this week. I don’t usually mind caterpillars. The problem I have with those caterpillars is that they can strip the trees of all of their foliage, making them unsightly.

  4. ashley0107

    April 17, 2013 at 6:52 am

    What a gorgeous top! I love the yoke, and the colour is so pretty.

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you!

  5. Clipped Curves

    April 17, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Fantastic top and another UFO became a FO.

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks! I love making progress on the UFO pile. 🙂

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  6. gingermakes

    April 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    SUPER cute! Nicely done! And your trees are so gorgeous (well, if you ignore the caterpillars…)

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you! I really enjoy having flowering trees in my yard. I have one with light pink blooms one side of my house and one with bright pink blooms on the other. Gotta love spring!

  7. elisana

    April 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    came to your blog from Burdastyle and LOVE it!! your shirt is super cute!
    Did you stabilize the curved yoke seam? I think I’ll try to make one. I love your work.
    Reading your thriftiness posts makes me want to run to my awesome local thrift store, but I’m on a self imposed thrift store fasting until I actually work on the remakes I planned ages ago and use up more of the fabric I already got there… oh well!

    1. Becca

      April 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂 I didn’t actually stabilize the yoke seam, although that would be a good idea, depending on what fabric you use. The seam is serged, so it should be pretty durable. I thought about topstitching along the edge of the yoke, but I decided I liked it better without the topstitching.

      I can understand going on a thrift store fast, I also have a lot of remakes that I have yet to start. :O I have been making a pretty significant dent in my to-be-reconstructed pile and fabric stash lately though. Good luck with the thrift store fast, and good work using what you have! 🙂

  8. moira

    April 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I think your top is beautiful

  9. Kelly

    April 26, 2013 at 12:37 am

    This is so pretty, now I want to add pintucks to something!

    1. Becca

      April 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you! You totally should!

  10. Alessa

    May 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    What a pretty top! The colour is very becoming on you. 🙂

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much!

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