Today I'm sharing how to do the side ruching on this whimsical tunic over at Project Run and Play. But I also wanted to share how I did the exposed yolk and sleeve tabs.
Like I said in my post over at PR&P, we're thinking ahead for some fun pieces to add to Clara's kindergarten wardrobe. She really liked this fun owl print and the green polka dot went perfectly with it. But why hide it on the inside?
To create the yolk, use your back and front pieces to make a pattern. Since I was creating the tunic without a pattern, I decided to have a little fun with the opening. I decided to do the scallops to mimic the dots. You can do something simple like I did for the first tunic I made.
Here you can see how I created the neck line on the front piece of the bodice.
Then I cut it out.
For the yolk piece, I simply used the bodice pieces as the pattern. Done before you sew the shoulder seams of the bodice together.
Next decide on the width of the yolk, making sure you match the front and the back pieces when it comes to how wide you'll be making it.
Here's the 2 yolk pieces laid out on the corresponding bodice pieces.
For the next step you want to sew up the bodice pieces and then the yolk pieces at the shoulder seams, making sure to use the exact same seam allowance on both sets.
Now to attach the yolk to the bodice, you sew with the right side of the yolk to the wrong side of the bodice. Very important, because you'll be flipping it out to the right side of the bodice. After you've sewn them together, snip the seam allowance. Since I had curves on this one, I notched it pretty good.
Once you've flipped the right side out, press and edge stitch around the neck opening only.
The next step is kind of tricky and takes a little patience. You need to fold under and press the outside edge of the yolk. Once you've pressed it, pin it really well.
Edge stitch around the outside edge and you are done with the yolk. It's fun to have a little contrast!
Silly wide eyed girl.
View of the front and back yolk.
As for the sleeve tabs, this is a pretty easy embellishment.
When you fold under the hem for the sleeves, just slide a tab into the hem before you stitch it up. Then fold it up and add the button. Another simple thing to do to add a little contrast.
One final picture of this silly girl. She was making wide eyes this whole little photo shoot.