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Topic: Apron - now with tutorial!  (Read 58965 times)
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« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2018 11:28:00 AM »

I've been at it again!

My sisters have been drooling over my apron (see the above post) ever since I finished it (or more accurately, they use it every time I'm not in the kitchen - I'll come in to cook and it's already covered in flour!)

My mom asked me to make her an apron for Christmas (not like mine, since she gets confused by the crossing straps).  Here's a picture of her apron, because I know you want to see it, even if it doesn't really bunch at the waist like it does in this photo.

While I was at it, I figured my sisters would like aprons just like mine (great Christmas present ideas, right?)

They loved them, and with the way one of them was swishing around the kitchen yesterday, I know she feels pretty in it.  Thanks for such a great pattern lelyonna!

A few changes / thoughts: After making my own (and it fitting quite snugly in the shoulder-to-waist dimension, and I'm quite short-wasted), I lengthened the side pieces.  The tan one was lengthened 2" (she's fairly long-wasted and it still fits pretty snugly - that's me modeling it) and the green one less so (maybe 1"; don't quite remember).

The tapered front piece is a must - straight sides make the front bow outward when you're wearing it.  Speaking of which, the apron is made for the straps to go over the edges of the shoulders, not right up next to your neck  Wink

I hemmed the pieces as I went along, which meant that I would figure out how far to hem the side pieces and waist strap, hem them, and then stitch the side or waist piece to the adjoining pieces.  It made for less puckering than on my apron because I could graft in the hem more easily.

I hadn't made the waist on the skirt big enough, so the tan apron is a little weird.  I fixed that on the green apron.  Lesson learned, pin and fit, then sew!

I also added one pocket to each apron because I've often wished I had a place for the kitchen timer, pan spray can, or anything else I happened to want to carry in the apron, and I hadn't put a pocket on mine.  I know their pockets have already been used, so I'm glad I did it!
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