Do you have your fabric chosen? Have you pre-washed it? Good-oh! For any novice readers, pre-washing is really easy. Chuck your fabric into the washing machine at whatever temperature you would normally use for a household wash. Air or tumble dry. If your fabric is going to shrink, you want this to happen before you start sewing. Trust me, don’t skip this step – I’ve seen fabric shrink horribly.
Whilst this is going on, you can cut out or trace your pattern pieces. If you’re using the same pattern as me – the Butterick B4087, View C – you’ll need to cut out or trace the following pattern pieces:
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
The good news is that sizing is extremely simple – small through to extra large. Take your body measurements and choose accordingly.
Now, you don’t have to follow the same pattern as me. There are myriad pattern options out there, and some great FREE online tutorials with beautiful photography:
- This is a lovely apron for the little ones in your life.
- There’s an adjustable unisex apron here, with some very handy pockets.
- A very pretty reversible half apron tutorial here.
But, heck! Why am I sending you to all these other blog posts and tutorials? On the Apronalong, you can make aprons out of old jeans, pillow cases, bed sheets, curtains, vintage table cloths – anything! I even saw a great Seventies towel recently and thought, Ooh, apron. (Hmmm, maybe I should go back and buy that. It was only £1.)
If you don’t want to invest in a pattern, I can give you three measurements for oblongs, which will give you a gathered half apron with waistband/ties and pocket:
- Waistband and Ties 208x9cm (to be folded over horizontally)
- Patch Pocket 17x26cm
- Apron Panel 84x50cm
Cut out these three rectangles, and I’m sure you can work out the rest for yourself! You may want to add interfacing to the waistband (though my pattern doesn’t suggest that) and if you want to hem with bias tape, you’ll need some of that, also. That’s it!
So, let’s all start getting ready. I am thrilled to say I have some yummy guest posts on embellishment lined up, but in the meantime, we can cut out and prep our pattern pieces. More, as they say, to come!
PS Ever thought you didn’t need to see home-sewn Rhinestone Cowboy Aprons? You were wrong. Check out these beauties on Flickr!