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.
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.
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.
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”?)
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!