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Can't post now. Sewing.

I'll try to be entertaining some tomorrow. For now, uh, GIP? (Amanda Taping is dreamy. Plus, I'm learning to use text!)

Oh, I know! I can ask if anyone's ever made a yoke shirt before. Has anyone made a yoke shirt before? I'm gonna tackle it, and hopefully churn out 2 or 3 in the next few days. I don't know why the darn things are so intimidating to me, but they are. It's really just a big, poufy Renaissance shirt where the body is gathered into a fitted upper part. But it's just such an odd fashion convention that it confuzzles me.

"There's nothing romantic about running around Europe in a big puffy shirt trying to get laid"


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Apr. 21st, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
I kinda fudged a pattern from a modern, yokeless men's shirt. So far, so good. I haven't set in the sleeves yet, so we'll see how it goes.

So, did you used to do a lot of hand stitching? Because I really, really admire that. I find I can hardly stay awake to do the necessary top-stitching by hand that's required for most of my lined garments.
Apr. 21st, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
what about running around europe in a big puffy shirt and succeeding?
Apr. 21st, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
Since I don't see what you're getting at, I'm torn between dropping some reference about how my many-times old uncle Oliver was a contemporary and friend of the arguably successful Dr. Johnson, and making a juvenile joke about "just keep sucking till you do suck seed."

Looks like my poorer nature wins out. Drat! Uncle Ollie would be appalled. I blame you :)
Apr. 21st, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
i stand blamed.
Apr. 21st, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
Hee. In retrospect, the Johnson reference only makes sense if you're familiar with the Blackadder episode the quote comes from. Late night sewing makes me all punchy and weird. Sorry.
Apr. 21st, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
If you are feeling nervous about hatching your own yoke shirt pattern, you could always go with Simplicity pattern #5925. The relatively small price for the pattern might save you lots of energy, time and worry...and fabric.
Apr. 21st, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Ooh! Cool. That looks very helpful.

You know what? I found that I *have* a copy of the pattern you lent me. So I can return yours to you untouched. Thanks so much for helping.
Apr. 21st, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
The yoke actually makes some sense if you consider all the excess material at the shoulders you can get if you've got a full-bodied, full-sleeved shirt and you're trying to make it fit just with gathers.

If there's a yoke, it's less bulky at the shoulders, and can fit under a more closely-fitting outer garment, be that jerkin, waistcoat, frock coat, whatever.
Apr. 22nd, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it does make sense in that context, given how everybody was trying to flaunt their wealth by using yards and yards of superfluous fabric. It's just that at first glance, it really does look strange.
Apr. 21st, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
Gaah! Too bad I'm on the wrong beltway these days and a tank of gas requires taking out a home equity loan, or I'd cheerfully come down for a stitch-n-bitch! I could show you how to tweak a regular men's yoked shirt pattern into a period yoked shirt pattern like >snaps< that!
Apr. 22nd, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon. Yeah, it turns out it not too terribly hard to adapt a modern shirt pattern. I'm just a sissy when it comes to tackling a new thing like this.
Apr. 25th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
My rule of thumb for adapting a modern men's shirt pattern is to keep the yoke the same size, but expand the width of the back to twice it's original size. Then on the front pieces, draw a line from the center of the shoulder seam down the length of the pattern piece, cut the pattern piece in half along that line and expand it to twice the original width, measuring across the chest/bustline (makes for a nicely gathered effect). Then the follow the pattern instructions as written (assuming you bother with the pattern instructions). You can also expand the sleeves to the desired floofiness.

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