The latest addition to our ‘Covid 19 warrior projects’ is this cute little scalloped apron, cleverly designed to fit the feminine figure, whatever your shape or size.
Other projects have included our ‘fitted face mask’, ‘reversible peg bag’, ‘circular bag project’, ‘simple six pocket bag project’ , ‘decorative stash bag’ ; and most recently the decorative appliqué bag. All these projects designed to bring us together with a common goal in mind. So whatever your situation, shielding, homeschooling, furloughed or now getting back to some form of work, the aim is to give you something creative and practical to work on.
Materials you will need
- 0.75 metres of 150cm cotton fabric
- 6 metres 2 cm wide cotton bias binding or you can cut your own. ( 0.75 metres of 150 cm will yield 25m of binding or enough to bind four aprons.
- Two reels of thread for background colour and binding contrast.
- Custom cut pattern available for £10.00 including postage to UK only
Equipment you will need
- Ironing board
- Sewing machine
- 6” (15 cm) sewing gauge
- Fabric shears or scissors
- Tape measure
- Heat erasable marker pen
- Quilters rule (optional)
- Bias binding maker 18mm (optional)
How the design works
The pattern has four main pattern pieces consisting of panels. Each panel has a curve at the neckline and the hem, with the exception of the side back panel, where the curve is placed slightly above the waist line. These panels are overlapped and topstitched into place, close to the bound edge.
Preparing the binding
I cut my own binding by folding my fabric diagonally and cutting 1 1/2″ (4 cm) strips. These were joined to equal six metres and then fed through an 18mm bias binding maker and pressed into shape as shown.
How to prepare the pattern
- Start by marking the pattern’s seam allowances which are 1cm down the length of all panels.
- The centre front pattern piece is cut to the fold, so there will be no seam allowance here.
- Pin the dart closed.
- Ensure that all the perforations made on the pattern to align the standard fit of the pattern are marked clearly, by using a coloured marker pen. Also the neckband and ties position.
- Start by placing the pattern pieces in order; front, middle front, side front, side back. This is the order they will be sewn later.
- Place the front pattern edge marked ‘bind’ on top of the middle front pattern, overlapping by 2 cm and matching marked perforations. Pin along the panel, 1 cm from the edge so that the seam allowance underneath is matching the one on top.
- Repeat with the middle front and side front panel in the same manner, overlapping as before. Now the side front panel over the side back panel.
- Now you are ready to access the fit.
How to fit the paper pattern
First, pin the half pattern to your centre front and using a full length mirror, check it is centred and sits high enough at chest level. Because these curves are staggered, the panels can be moved up or down to suit the wearer. So if you have a high waist, shift the panel up so that where the ties attach will sit on your natural waistline.
The same is true of the side front pattern that contains a dart. If the dart position is too high or low for you, adjust it until the dart is at the correct level for your bust point. Use a piece of twill tape around your neck to get a general idea of the length of neck strap needed. this can be adjusted more accurately when cut in fabric.
Next check the overall fit over the bust, waist and hips. The pattern pieces can be overlapped more or less that these points to customise the fit to you.
Once you’re happy with the fit, remove the pattern and mark the changes onto the pattern pieces, before laying out on your fabric for cutting.
For the sake of clarity, I cut out the original pattern size and made changes on the fabric as shown.
The front panel was bound completely. All the other panels were bound on just one side as indicated on the pattern,
The remaining side was overlocked to neaten, ready for lapping the seams.
Prepare the neck strap by placing face down on the ironing board and pressing in half lengthways wrong sides together. Press the edges to the centre leaving a tiny gap between so that it will lay flat when pressed into four. Now press in half again. Topstitch close to each edge, press and sew to each side of the side front where indicated. This needs to be done before the binding is attached. Once binding is attached, press neck strap up and topstitch in place as shown,
Prepare the ties by pressing in the same way. Then press the outer ends in to neaten before sewing across and down the length for about two inches, (5 cm). Sew slightly outside the pressed line to maintain the shape. Turn through to the right side and sew close to the open edge for the length of the ties.
The front piece is the only one in the pattern that will need to be joined as all the others have just one edge bound and the other overlocked. Start along one long edge and leave about five inches (12cm before sewing. Wrap the binding equally around the edge so that sits very closely inside the binding. Leave the gap open as you reach the other end and take out of the machine.
Overlap the ends and mark where they meet. Allow two lots of seam allowance for joining. For instance, if you use a 1/4″ (6mm ) seam to join, allow 1/2″ (12mm) extra and trim away excess.
Align both edges and join as shown. Trim away points, press open edges, then press back into four along fold lines.
Enjoy giving this project a try. We would love to see your pics of the finished apron by emailing to the address below.
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