Friday, February 12, 2021

My Best Practices: Burrito Method

First time I mentioned the "Burrito" method was in this post from 2017. 

 In this photo tutorial, I used the henley top I sewed using McCalls 7360. The pattern instructions on yoke attachment used a different method. The method I'm showing here is called the "Burrito" method. After reading this post, you'll understand why it's called that!

The top has a lined yoke that is attached to the lower back bodice. To better understand the tutorial, here is a rundown of the pattern pieces involved:

   *Bodice front

   *Yoke. The yoke is lined so there are two pieces cut from the same pattern piece--one will be the fashion piece, the other is the lining or facing. For the sake of clarity, I labeled the fashion piece Yoke 1 and the lining or facing piece Yoke 2. 

   *Bodice back

1. Sew Yoke 1 to Bodice Back, right sides together. 

Disregard the basting stitches above. I initially tried to follow the pattern sewing instructions but realized that they did not follow the Burrito method. 
View of the sewn pieces, right side. 

2. Sew Yoke 2/Facing to the bodice back.

Sew the right side of Yoke 2/Facing to wrong side of bodice back. The bodice back will end up being sandwiched between the two yoke pieces. 

View of inside after yoke facing is sewn.

3. Baste shoulder seams of Yoke and Bodice Front. 

Keeping yoke 2/facing piece out of the way, sew Yoke 1 to the bodice front along the shoulder seams.

Shoulder seams sewn. 
View of the wrong side after shoulder seams are sewn together. 

4. Roll the back bodice. 

In preparation for this step, lay the top with the back bodice right side out facing you.

Leaving the yoke facing free, roll just the bodice back piece in a neat tight roll upwards towards the shoulder area. After rolling, you will notice the yoke facing is revealed. 

Do the same with the bodice front. Roll it neatly and tightly towards the shoulders. Eventually the two rolled pieces will "meet" each other.  

Once the two rolled pieces have "met" this is what it should look like. The rolled pieces are wrapped inside the yoke pieces like a "burrito."
Here is another view from the other side. 

 5. Sew the two yoke pieces together along the shoulder seam. 

With the rolled front and back bodice tucked tightly inside, pin the two yoke pieces along the shoulder seams. Note you will be sewing three layers here--the yoke 2/facing and the yoke 1 which has previously been basted to the front shoulder seam. 

View of the pinned shoulder seams. 

Shoulder seams sewn. 

6. Turn right side out. 

After turning the top right side out. 



  1. Posts, such as this, take a lot of time to put together, and, although they are certainly very helpful to your audience, it appears that few let you know that. Thus, I conclude that you do this for the love of sewing and the satisfaction of giving. You are so skilled, knowledgeable, and generous that I find myself wishing we lived near each other, so we could be girlfriends! Probably, I have told you that before. Sincerely, Ann (aka foo dog)

    1. Thanks so much Ann! I can just imagine how much fun we would have shopping for fabrics, comparing patterns and talking about sewing all day if we lived near each other! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging words which are more than enough to keep me going with this blog.