Last summer in France, I saw the girls wearing these utilitarian, modified apron-like dresses over their t-shirts and jeans. I really liked the look. After fooling around with some fabric I had lying around, I came up with these. Sorry for the crappy quality of pics - my camera is not the best. I got the pattern for the pocket on this board somewhere, but I can't remember who first posted it. (It's a round pocket that ties.) Thanks to that lovely woman or man! The straps snap into the aprons. I covered the snaps with decorative buttons.
The red one was the first I made. There were a lot of mistakes, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. I used leftover ribbon for the straps.
The green one is the second one I made. I made the straps from the same fabric as the apron itself.
detail of snap
Really crappy, mini-tutorial:
I used about 1 yard (a little less for the red, a little more for the green) of fabric. Constructing the pattern
The body of this apron is composed of 2 pieces.
The front is essentially a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom. The rectangle should be long enough to cover from your mid-chest (or where you want the top of the apron to lie) to your waist or hips. The triangle is not a separate piece. I simply drew a line from the rectangle's end on one side out until I had a satisfactory flare. I then folded the paper at the centre of the rectangle's top edge, and used the side I had cut out for the skirt flare as a guide to cut out the other side.
The back is the skirt back. I used the triangle front of the apron as a guide to cut out the back piece, and cut the top edge of the back piece of the skirt low, riding my hips.Construction:
1. I sewed the front piece of the skirt to the back piece of the skirt, lining up the sides. Unfortunately, when I tried it on, I couldn't really squeeze into it. In order to fit these bellydancer hips, I had to make those rather odd, squared-off cutouts at the waist to ensure a fit.
2. The straps - I sewed snaps to the ends of the straps and to the top edge of the apron. I folded the strap in such a way that the snap would not be visible, sewed it in place, and sewed a decorative button on the outside. This was probably an over-complicated method, but I had these really cute buttons I wanted to use. I then snapped the front to the straps, and had someone help me pin them at a cross in the back evenly. Then from the cross, I pulled the straps down to the back of the skirt, and marked the places where I wanted each strap to end (again, with an assistant's help). I then sewed the straps in the back to the places I had marked and at the cross.
I hope this makes sense!!!