We used to be a bit hesitant to post our techniques & patterns online, since we sell our designs online... but we've learned that sharing is caring & that part of our business is helping other gals learn how to DIY. We're sure that our loyal fans still will want to spend on L&B originals in the end, so we're gonna share one of our fave looks.
So we were asked how we do the "sweetheart yoke" design & I'm gonna show you how to alter a pattern in a really basic way!
you can start with any basic tank top pattern that you have. If you don't have a pattern, it's easy to just lay your favourite tank top flat & trace out the front & back pieces.
then just sketch in your desired sweetheart shape. the more eventual the curve, the easier it will be to sew the seams together. for example, if you did a harsh zig zag, the points would be weird to sew together and won't sit flat very well unless you notch it.
fold the pattern in half lengthwise & cut along your 'sweetheart'.
now grab the back of your tank top pattern
lay the front portion of your pattern on top of the back, lining up the bottom hems.
with a pen, just mark off at the side seam where the sweetheart portion begins. You want the yoke to be the same size in general, so that the side seams meet up properly without a strange disjoint!
draw a line straight across! (you can be fancy here & scoop the yoke lower if you want though)
& there you go! Those are the pattern pieces.
Now you can make a yoke top in any fabrics you want, but we like to reconstruct... So I have this Snoop Dogg Rhythm & Gangsta shirt just waiting to be cut up. (You're jealous, I know.)
Use the pattern pieces to cut your fabric. (leave a 1/4" seam allowance if you didn't account for it on your pattern!)
Although the pattern I've shown is for a top, I decided to make this piece a dress!
I usually cut yoke pieces from meshy/lacey fabrics but you can use solid knits as well.
then take the body pieces & serge them together face to face.
do the same with the yoke pieces!
then pin the yoke to the body portion face to face.
(yes, I know I pin things parallel to the seams instead of perpendicular & that's wrong. It's a bad habit.)
and that's it!!!
Easy right? You can do this even with tees or tanks (or even tube tops) that you wanna add a new yoke onto! Good luck & be sure to show us how yours turns out!