1. Pull out your yoke skirt sketches. Analyze your sketch. No yokeline should be longer than 4″ at the front princess line.
2. Determine where your yoke will fall on your dressform. Pin mark the CF yoke depth. Pin mark the CB yoke depth. Pin the SS yoke depth.
3. USING YOUR TEXTBOOK for direction, pin mark the entire yokeline Front and Back. For a simple yokeline, place pins about one inch apart at most. For a complex, shapely yokeline, place pins about one-quarter inch apart. (This will facilitate the development of the skirt panels.)
NOTE: USE A TEMPLATE to guide the pinning of the yokeline: (examples – the white, plastic DRITZ armhole curve helps with the development of a curved yokeline; — a tape measure can aid with the development of a straight yoke; — use any template that makes sense for your design.)
4. Determine the exact size of your front and back yoke muslin panels. Give those measurements to Jose and he will tear your muslin for you.
5. Press your muslins before establishing any guidelines!
6. USING YOUR TEXTBOOK, carefully develop all necessary guidelines on each muslin yoke panel.
7. Drape your front and back yoke panels. Remember to “lightning” clip the muslin about 1″ before the princess line to create a closely fitted yoke.
8. Remove each panel as it is draped. After draping both front and back yokes, use the vary form hip curve ruler to blend and true the side seams and waist.
9. Add a one-half inch seam allowance to the side seams and yokeline of the front and back yokes. REMEMBER to write “Add 1/2″ SA” at the waist of both yokes.
10. Cut out the yokes once they are perfected on the muslin.
11. Pin the yokes at the side seam (remember the correct pinning technique) and hang on dressform. Yokes will be critiqued in our next class meeting.