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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / You Can Be A Dandy Too! Bowties (pic heavy!) on: October 12, 2010 11:24:33 AM
So a little over a year ago the boyfriend decided he wanted to become quite the spiffy dresser. Now he already owns plenty on neckties, but bow ties were a new thing for him. After purchases a few from department store, I was determined there was a cheaper way. Soon after Martha Stewart posted a pattern for bowties on her website. I used the basic shape of her pattern on most of these, modified slightly to my own tastes. Most are made from quilters cotton.

Make excellent gifts for the men in your life, especially when paired with a coordinating (but not matching according to the BF) pocket square.

These are more of the summery ones I have made. Fall bow ties to come!


This one is made from 1960's upholstery fabric.




Mystery vintage fabric- one of the first I made.




Seersucker




Crepe Back Satin- He wore this one to a wedding he was a groomsman in last weekend.


Batwing shape bowtie.


Please excuse the taco sauce on his face.....I was luck just to get these picture.
Comment? Criticisms? Suggestions?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Aprons- !!!Tutorial Added!!! on: November 10, 2009 08:25:21 PM
My boyfriends mother and sister host a girl only Christmas party every year. This year they requested aprons to wear during the party. I copied a 1960's apron that I own. They both have pockets and long ties so they can be worn around your hips or wrapped around your waist.






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Tutorial
This is my first, so might be a little confusing.

Here is the basic pattern (not including waistband)

Front Panel: 3/4 yard fabric (enough for 2)
Side Panels and Waist Band: 1/2 yard fabric
Straps: 1/4 yard
All measurements include seam allowances.

-Cut front panel and straps. Then cut side panel and mirror image of it
- Hem both side panels and front panel (don't worry about hemming the top it will be covered by the waistband)
-Time to lay out pieces.
  - Line up side points so they are even (don't worry about top being completely even)
-Try to make as symmetrical as possible
-Pin around the front panels boarder (as shown in pink)

- Flip to the backside and pin down the straight lines (marked in pink)

-Sew down these back line first
-Now its time to flip over and sew the front down leaving room for the pockets
   -tack one inch on each side on the top
   - leave 6 inches of room to put your hands in the pockets
   - continue sewing front panel to side panels
   - follow hem seams to hide stitches and make it look neater
-Now its time to cut the waistband of your apron. Measure the top length of your apron and add 2-3 inches.

-Use this for the width of your waistband (mine was 20 inches) and 6 inches for the width (for a total of 6x20)

This is what I have found as the easiest way to attach the waist band, but you can use whatever method you wish.
- Center the waistband directly behind your apron, both sides facing up and pin (from the front you will not really be able to see the fabric) and sew.
Back view:

-This is what it looks like after sewing when you flip fabric over to the front

-Pin hem down to avoid fraying and pin the top of waistband to the front of the apron and top stitch.

Straps

- Sew each strap right sides facing in
- Flip straps right side out
- Tuck in one side to inside one tube and top stitch to avoid fraying.

Attach straps to apron by folding under sides of waistband ends and slipping unfinished ends of straps in.

And your done!

Sorry about the quality and quantity of pictures (didn't bring good camera to college).
Let me know if I can clarify anything.
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