Thursday, October 25, 2012

31 Days of Shut Up and Sew: Fun and Flirty Apron: Using a Pattern

It's Day 25 of...


As I mentioned on my Facebook page yesterday, I've had a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine over the past couple of days.  I finally got my tension issues resolved and finished up this apron at 10 p.m. last night... nothing like getting in under the wire!


So, I know this is skirt week and an apron is not exactly a skirt, but it's close enough, mmkay? :)  I really wanted to try using a pattern and I already had this one (picked up at HobLob's 99 cent pattern sale a few months ago).  Obviously to make this apron you have to have a pattern so this won't be a full tutorial so much as a few tips and tricks I picked up on.


Supplies:
1 1/2 yards of fabric (the bigger the pattern the more awesome your apron will look at the end!)
1/2 yard of contrast fabric A (gray)
1/4 yard of contrast fabric B (yellow)
McCall's pattern M6366
2 buttons
Coordinating thread
Other sewing notions (scissors, disappearing pen for marking, pins, etc.)

Time:
~6 hours (at least for me!)

First things first:  Read the instructions that came with your pattern!  I found it helpful to know why I was doing a step before actually doing it.  Then cut out your pattern pieces, pin them to the correct fabric and follow the instructions printed on the pattern for how/how many to cut.  Pay extra special attention to patterns that you have to cut on the fold.  As long as you read all the instructions, it will tell you exactly what to do!  Have I mentioned yet that it's very important to read the instructions?

It tells you to mark the dots for matching up the pockets while you're cutting the pattern, but I found it easiest to just do it before I got to that step, that way I wouldn't have to search my printed fabric for little white chalk dots.  (I just used regular chalk for pattern marking, and it worked just fine.)


After I had all my pattern pieces cut (apron, 4 pocket pieces, 3 ruffle pieces, 2 ties, and 1 waistband), it was time to do the pockets.  I had two contrast A pockets and two contrast B pockets, so I pinned one A to one B (if you have a print as your contrast, then make sure the right sides are together when pinning), then sewed all the way around, leaving a hole for turning.


Turn the pockets right side out, iron, and stitch the opening closed.  Now pin the pockets to the apron where indicated on the pattern piece.


Sew the pockets onto the apron, leaving an opening between the dots marked on the pattern.


Fold the opening down at a right angle and sew your buttons on.  Make sure you're only sewing the button onto the pocket and not onto the apron or you won't be able to get your hand in!


Now hem the back opening edges by folding them down 1/4" and ironing, then another 1/4" and iron.  Pin and sew.


Now the hardest part of this whole thing... the bottom ruffle!  Sew each ruffle piece together, then fold the ends right sides together and sew, flip it right side out and you should have a finished edge.  Fold the ruffle piece in half lengthwise and iron.


Set your machine to its longest straight stitch and sew twice along the open edge of the ruffle.


Pull the bobbin threads and scooch the fabric down the thread until you have a nice ruffle!  This part takes some time because it's so long, and you have to get just the right amount of ruffle so that it's the same length as the bottom of your apron.  I found it easiest to ruffle it as much as I could, then start pinning it to the apron and straight out the ruffle as necessary to make it fit.  Pin it like this:



Then sew the ruffle onto the apron with your machine set to a regular stitch length.  Make sure to sew it on so the seams you made for the ruffle will not show on the final apron.  Cut off the excess seam allowance and iron the ruffle flat.

I don't have many photos of this next part because it was getting late, but it was super easy.  Attach waistband to top of apron, then sandwich ties in waistband fold and sew them down the sides.  The ties should be sewn like this, flipped right side out and ironed before being attached:


And that's it!


The pattern I used (A) called for a fabric flower to be attached to the waistband, but I didn't like the look of that so I just left it off.


Pardon my shorts... it was bedtime at this point.


Didn't it turn out super cute?!  I was always intimidated by patterns, but my experience with this one was awesome!  As long as you follow the instructions, anyone can do it!

Oh, and if you'll notice, the apron is a little long on me (#lifeofashortgirl), but I didn't make it for me!  I made it for one of YOU!  That's right, this apron will be included in a fantastic giveaway after these 31 days are over!  Come back on November 1st for all the deets.

5 comments:

Crystelle said...

I LOVE it! It is the cutest apron... Looks soooo good on you! LOVE the fabric choices, and the ... everything...

Thanks for sharing with us! have a great week!
hugs ~ Crystelle

Julie Snow said...

super cute!

Annie said...

That is very pretty! Great fabric choice!

Ginger said...

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Unknown said...

Hi there. Can I ask whether you used 45" fabric for your apron like the pattern instructs? I am attempting to make pattern B and when I fold my 45" fabric, the piece is actually too wide (my only alternative seems to be to cut two separate pieces and have a seam in the center, which I don't want). Thanks in advance!

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