Oh, I know. I’m being insufferably twee, aren’t I? But indulge me. I’ve barely had chance to sew recently, and needed something achievable, comforting, simple. I needed to get from A to B and remember that I could sew.
Enter the B4087 - still available to buy. Miss P very kindly allowed me to go through her pattern stash recently, and this is one of the patterns I took away with me. It really is soooo sweet with several vintage-style options.
It’s ripe for embellishment. My pattern suggested ric rac, which I thought might have been too saccharine, so I opted for a lace detail at the pocket instead.
The dotty cotton came from a scrap in my stash, left over from a make for a friend. Don’t you just love it when you get to justify keeping those scraps? The floral cotton came from Saeed Fabrics on Walthamstow market. I allowed them to convince me to buy acres of the stuff a few months back. Isn’t it lovely?
This pattern is very much promoted as a beginner pattern. Yes, you could totally make this as a beginner – but it does have its challenges. You have to make your own bias binding to trim the scalloped hem. Actually, you don’t have to but I think it would have been a crying shame not to have fashion fabric binding. And there are those wiggly scallops to sew a deep trim on.
Pinking scissors should be your friend on this make. Most seams became pinked. I also added a ribbon hanging loop at the rear of the waistband for hanging the apron on a door hook:
I keep thinking. A slow and steady Apronalong? In time for Christmas? I bet you already have scraps of fabric you could use. Let me know if you’d be up for it!