So sweet &
make Handkerchief Sundress
You need your favorite yoke
dress pattern and a wonderful handkerchief!
(The Skirt) Cut your skirts out and construct side seams.
Cut out armhole curves and
finish then with a bias.
Make 6" slit in center back
skirt for the placket. (we are not ready to finish placket now , wait
just a little.)
I went ahead and hemmed my
Now run 3 rows of gathering
threads across the tops of each skirt piece. Pull up skirts to fit front
and back yoke pattern pieces. Tie threads to secure size.
Now with a 3/4" lace
insertion I bound the tops of the skirts just as if the lace was a piece
of bias binding. Sew with a straight stitch and then go back and do a
wide zig zag stitch.
(The Yoke) Fold handkerchief in half and cut into 2
equal pieces. (horizontally)
Take one piece of the
handkerchief and center the front yoke pattern piece. Put the bottom of
the pattern to the bottom hemmed edge of the handkerchief. Draw off neck
and shoulder lines only! Cut away these 2 areas only.
Fold remaining handkerchief
piece in half and place the back yoke piece to the bottom as you did the
front. ( put pattern's center back line on the fold of the
handkerchief, we don't use anything past the center back.)
Draw and cut neck and
shoulder edge again.
French seam the shoulder
Attach the skirts by top
stitching the yokes to the top finished edge of skirts.
Put a wide continuous lap from the top of the back yoke into skirt and
back the other side of back yoke.
Finish neck with a french
Use 3 1/2" buttons for
a back closure.
A closer look a the
You can barely see
the lace binding on the skirts under the handkerchief.
The width of the
continuous placket is great.
Look at the top
stitching for yoke to skirt placement.