For the Craft This Tote Round 2 Swap my partner wanted an apron, and said she loved Anthropologie's aprons, so after examining their selection and choosing a few to take inspiration from ( this apron
for the color scheme and general design and this apron
for the pockets) I began to look at some patterns online. I wasn't entirely happy with them, so I started drafting my pattern and ended up with this:
Ta da! (The sunlight sort of makes the ruffles invisible here, but my partner posted better pictures of them on the tote gallery here
Here it is with a poofy 50s petticoat
Side with petti
Back with petti
The top is just some white fabric I had around (probably originally a sheet from the Salvation Army because Im
thrifty like that) and the skirt is some upholstery fabric I inherited from my grandmother.
Waistband where I joined the fabric.
But how to make this apron for yourself? Behold, a tutorial!
Note that the patterns are not proportionate to one another as depicted in the above picture, and that the dotted arrows on some pieces show the pattern direction I used.
First, cut out all of your pieces. I forgot to put in the neck ties, which should be two 20 by 6 rectangles. I made the skirt, pockets, and waistband out of patterned fabric, and the top, ruffles, and ties out of white fabric. You will also need 40 of seam tape.
Sew your waist ties and neck ties. Do this by folding them in half and sewing along the long side and one short side, then turning them inside out and ironing them. I made the ends of mine rounded, but they could be made square or pointed.
Take your three ruffle pieces and hem them on both long sides 1/3 inch. Then sew a straight line of thread down the middle of the ruffles to gather them. To facilitate gathering use the lowest tension and largest straight stiches on your machine, or use a gathering foot if you have one. (I folded my ruffle pieces in half and ironed them so that they had a crease in the middle, which helped me sew the gathering line straight.)
Gather the ruffles to half their original length and pin them onto one of the apron top pieces so that one is in the middle and the other two are on each side. Sew (with normal tension and length) the ruffles to the top piece down the gathering lines.
Take your neck ties and baste or pin them to the top of the apron top piece. Lay the other top piece on top (with the straps and ruffles sandwiched in between the two top pieces) and sew up the sides and top of the pieces. Turn it inside out and sew along the sides and top again to secure the shape and fortify the straps.
Take your waistband and lay it right side down over the ruffled side of your apron top so that the bottom of the top and the long side of the waistband line up (note: the waistband will be longer than the apron top, so try to make sure the amount of extra waistband on each side is even) and sew them together.
Sew pocket A to pocket B, right sides out, and sew ¼ inch along the two longest sides of pocket B. Turn the pocket inside out and sew ½ inch along the largest sides again. It might help to think of this part as a French seam that stays inside out. Then line up the diagonal side of pocket B with one of the diagonal corners of the apron skirt so that the right sides face each other and sew along the diagonal. Turn the pocket around so that the pocket A lines up with the sides of the apron skirt. See picture below for a hopefully more understandable explanation of this part.
Do the other pocket this way. Make sure, if you have a directional pattern, that both pocket A pieces are facing the same way (I got one pocket scales up, another scales down, the first time I put the pockets on. : / Learn from my mistakes!) Pin the inner corners of your pockets into the apron skirt and hand stich a tiny stich to keep them in place (see below picture for what that looked like on my apron) If your stich is small and it matches the color of your skirt well, it will be nearly invisible but keep your pockets well behaved.
Now sew a gathering stich across the top of the apron skirt in between the pockets and gather it to the length of the waistband. Pin the apron skirt to the waistband with their right sides facing and sew them together.
Take two 20 seam tapes and sew them to cover up the raw seams where the apron top and skirt meet the waistband. Iron them so they both face inward (see pictures bellow for what that looks like, its weird to explain) then sew them into place.
Baste the waist ties to the edges of the waistband and hem the bottom of the apron skirt ½ inch. Then, treating the entire skirt (including pockets and waistband) as one whole rectangle, hem the sides ½ inch. This hem covers the raw sides of the apron skirt piece, closes the third side of the pocket, and secures the waistbands. The fabric will be very thick at places, go slowly and use a strong needle!
Enjoy your new apron!