Adding the yoke is easy peasy.
First, trace the dolman top pattern.
For the neckline band, hem band and sleeve bands, follow the instructions below from the previous tutorial (If you’ve read the three previous tutorials you probably have this memorized. Ha!):
Use the finished sleeve opening measurement to determine the length of your sleeve band. Typically, I cut my sleeve bands so that the finished band measurement is 1-2″ smaller than the sleeve opening measurement. This will vary depending on the stretchiness of your material. I think this time I made mine 1″ smaller than the opening. Don’t forget to add seam allowance to both ends of the band because you’re going to stitch the ends together before folding the band under and sewing it to the sleeve opening.
Next, figure out how wide you’d like your sleeve bands to be. Add seam allowance and double that measurement (because you’ll fold the sleeve band before stitching it to the sleeve).
Now, just cut out two bands according to the length and width measurements.
For the hem band and neck band, follow the same guidelines as for the sleeve bands. Sew and finish the band seams, fold them so that the wrong sides are together with raw edges lined up. Press all the bands.
Sew the front yoke piece to the front body piece, right sides together. Remember to line up your notches. Finish the seam allowance, press the seam allowance down, and topstitch along the seam line. Do the same with the back pieces.
Pin the front to the back, right sides together, lining up the yoke-body seams. Sew and finish the shoulder-sleeve seam and the side-sleeve seam. Press all the seam allowances to the back.
Sew the bands to their corresponding openings, finish the seam allowances and topstitch where desired. Give everything a good press.
Enjoy your new comfy and feminine sweatshirt.
That concludes the little bundle of tutorials that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. If you would like to peruse the other tutorials, please see these posts: sweetheart top, lace insert shirt, basic dolman sleeve top.
Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to get any new sewing posts up until next year (Can you believe 2013 is only a week and a half away?!). Don’t worry, I’ve got some more tutorial ideas in the works, and a surprise for my lovely fellow sewists.
On a non-sewing related note, I’m sure some of you who have followed this blog for a while are wondering what we’ve been up to with our whole house renovation. Well, just for you, I’ll have a house update posted in a few days.