Yokes and gathers, part II

Aloha! I’m warming my bones and porcelain skin in beautiful Kauai this week, and the conditions were perfect for a second installation of Yokes & Gathers. This pattern is Vogue 1387, a new-ish Rebecca Taylor design, and I just love the design lines.

crabandbee.com | Vogue 1387

I have the front pinned right now, and plan to stitch it once I find exactly the right spot. I think it’s a bit high in the photos. My bust point is pretty low, and the bodice still gapes too far. I love the wrap look, but am considering another version with a v-neck instead.

crabandbee.com | Vogue 1387

I found this lovely (second-hand!) floral rayon at – where else? – Our Fabric Stash when Cindy came to town last month. It was my second blogger meetup (the first being coffee with the delightful Sanae) and it was loads of fun! Cindy was as funny and cool as you might expect from her blog, and it was great to meet new Seattlite, Amy from Sew Well, who had Baby Brynn with her and is one of the most laid-back new moms I’ve ever witnessed. Meris (who I already knew was awesome because we went to college together) joined in for brunch. I really enjoyed how our conversations meandered from fabric to science to costumes and corsets.

crabandbee.com | Vogue 1387

Anyway – I’d like to say a couple more things about this (very un-corset-like) garment. First of all, if you too are influenced by the siren song of yokes and gathers to make this pattern, pick your size based on your bust measurement – the waist and hips are voluminous. I made a wearable muslin first based on my waist and hip measurements, and it was very large through the bust and even the shoulders. I went down a size for this version, and it’s perfect.

Second, I’m pretty sure there’s an error in the instructions. Vogue says to make buttonholes only on the right side of the wrap and make a drawstring casing by folding up the waist seam allowance. I’ve gone over this in my head more times than I care to admit, and I’m almost positive the drawstring would shoot out the side of the wrap as you tried to pull it through. I doubted myself on the wearable muslin, so I tried it Vogue’s way on this version and I just can’t imagine a way it would work.  Next time, I’ll make the buttonholes through both wrap pieces after I’ve basted them together.

Lastly, after hearing Erica B. had lengthened the bodice of her version by 1″, I followed suit and the waist hits in the right spot. (Whenever I read that someone else lengthened a bodice, I just do it without question. I’m 5’8″, but I have the legs of someone who’s 5’5″. Does that give me the torso of someone who’s 5’11”?)

crabandbee.com | Vogue 1387

It’s been utterly luxurious to field-test this top in a suitable climate. There are some aspects of home that I miss, however; on the top of my list is definitely being able to dispose of food waste properly. It’s been driving me crazy to put kale stems and banana peels straight into the trash! I know Seattle is in a bit of a bubble when it comes to recycling and composting food waste. It’s such an easy way to reduce waste going into landfills. I’m spoiled! (Also, I miss Orson, our kitty.) But I’ll be back in Seattle before I know it, composting my food scraps, hanging out with Orson, and wishing I were still in Kauai!


40 thoughts on “Yokes and gathers, part II

  1. I really like the atmosphere you create from the photo #1! It screams “summer”, “holiday” and “freedom” to me 🙂 I would make a few tops using this pattern but, instead of the front piece being attached to the waist, I would transform it into a real “wrap” peace.

    Don’t tell me about the recycling! After I moved from Japan (where they recycle almost everything) to the UK (where most of the things are put into the general waste bin) I feel like Brits are real barbarians 😦

    1. Aw, thank you, Inna! It was nice to take pics somewhere other than home. Making a true wrap is an interesting idea that I hadn’t thought of!

      I’ve heard about how efficient Japan is with waste; my parents took a visit there awhile ago and came back raving about it!

  2. This looks great on you and I love the blue background! I like where it is currently pinned I’ve had this top (the long sleeved version) on my sewing list for a while so thanks for the sizing tips. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

    1. Thanks, Kirsty! I’d be curious to hear if the sizing issues carry over into View B; I usually look at finished sizes but maybe the fact that View A is a wrap made the finished size a bit variable. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. Really beautiful! I love the look of this but I just don’t think I could feel comfortable with that wrap in the front… Have a wonderful vacation, it looks so lovely there!

    1. Wraps are so enticing but kind of difficult to wear! Tacking it down in the front isn’t my favorite solution, and I suppose the fact that the pattern recommends it is a bad sign for wearability 🙂

  4. I’m all for this new series – yokes are fantastic. I especially like the back neck on this pattern, and your fabric is lovely. I’m slooowly making my way through view B on this one, and am considering lengthening A into a dress for summer. Enjoy Kauai – it looks so inviting!

    1. I actually considered making this version into a dress! It reminds me of Vogue 1344, another Rebecca Taylor pattern, with details that I like more. Excited to see your View B version – I think it’s kind of awesome that two uniqued designs are included in this pattern.

      1. It’s pretty much a two for one, which is super. That Rebecca Taylor, she knows what she’s doing :).

  5. Hawaii!! How is it that I missed that when we met up last week? Anyway, the top is awesome and looks wonderful on you! Soak up some sun for me and I look forward to hearing more about your adventures:-)

  6. What a lovely top! I am jealous of your nice vacation weather, although I’ll probably be doing that myself in a few weeks as I’ll be jetting down to Italy for a long weekend.
    I really love Rebecca Taylor designs. I have a bunch of them in my stash.

  7. Beautiful top! I’m a sucker for pleats and gathers too. I’ve wondered the same about my own torso: I’m 5’7″ with short legs, so my torso must be the same as someone ridiculously tall, ha ha! Enjoy Kauai 🙂

      1. Ha ha! Not if my boyfriend is at the table. He’s 6’2″ and his legs are barely longer than mine, so he dwarfs everyone else!

  8. I’m jealous of not only your new top, but also your vacation! Soak up some rays for me. I am longing for a beach vacation. Hawaii would be nice!!

  9. It’s so pretty, that rayon was such a find. I haven’t delved into the cross-over neckline yet, gaping is a massive issue from what I’ve read.

  10. we are complete opposites–i’m also 5’8″ but all my height is in my legs! not as awesome as it sounds… but i love this top! i’ll have to pick up this pattern, because i would wear it all the time!

  11. So much colour! I’m really digging this photo shoot and your lovely new top. Thanks for the tips about the pattern instructions and sizing – I have been eyeing this one so it’s good to know. Funny, I always shorten every top I make. I’m 5’5″ and short waited so it goes with the territory. As for food scraps, we are lucky in Toronto: the city has a weekly compost pick up service so all food scraps get dealt with in an environmentally friendly way.

    1. I’m soaking up as much beautiful color as I can before we head back! Although I can’t really complain because Seattle’s not stuck in perma-winter 🙂 That’s interesting about Toronto! I’ve heard that in US east coast cities, even recycling isn’t a given, and it made me wonder if eastern Canadian cities did things differently.

  12. Oh yes, I like! Feeling the spring/warmth vibe. I was on holiday the same week as you somewhere so much less warm, but ran into similar recycling issues. I had to put most types of plastic straight into the bin! And there were five of us! Can you feel my pain?! Hope you enjoyed your holiday even though. Lovely picture against the blue, with your sunnies on 🙂

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