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You do it. I do it. We all do it: wipe our hands on the front of our clothes. You know, maybe they’re clean but wet. Anywho, that’s a bad habit. Especially in the kitchen. Enter (da-da!) the half-apron.
Why did I sew this?
1. It’s not like a full apron makes sense these days. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a stain cooking. But now, I can quickly dry my hands and I have a space for my iPhone. That means listening to podcasts all over the house.
2. The pattern is one of those 97 cent Simplicity SewSimple envelopes. This kind of pattern typically has only one weird, vaguely boxy pattern. The apron, however, was exactly what I wanted: cute, flattering, simple:
Sewing this item was my first try at:
- using double-fold bias binding
- flat-out ignoring directions to slip stitch
1. For the bias binding, it wasn’t bad at all. I ended up moving my needle in a bit and then just lining the edge up with the foot:
2. The gather went ok. I used the standard zigzag-over-a-cord method. It was slowgoing because I kept worrying the cording would get stitched. Also, I accidentally sewed cording the whole way instead of just between the notches. (Only gathered between the notches, don’t worry!!)
3. I didn’t love-love the width of the band and am liable to change it. So I just stitched it down for safekeeping. It doesn’t look bad, no?
Notes on the directions:
1) The yardage requirement was criminal. They called only for 45″ fabric–implying that 60″ fabric would not need any less. Turned out it only needed 3/4 yd of fabric! This is an example of a “cheap” pattern being ultimately expensive. But now I have enough leftovers to make my perfect apron.
2) A small complaint: they never used the pattern piece numbers in the directions. That’s not standard and kinda weird.
3) On Step 3, where they tell you to pin the pocket to the apron, do it. It might be tempting to not pin. You’d regret it.
4) You tell me, which of these symbols need to be copied onto the wrong side of the fabric?? Now, in hindsight, I realize one could guess which are the right ones. (Hint: two out of three. Here’s the answer key.) I was, however, peeved to have to pull the pattern pieces back out and add the marks.
5) I went ahead and sewed two channels for the pockets. I think it’s an easy way to give this high-traffic garment a fighting chance at longevity. Just stitch once on each side of the stitching line.
I’ve replaced my 3-point-turn pictures with this little animation? What do you guys think??
Of course, no one really needs a pattern to sew up a decent apron. I just really wanted to sew one exactly following the directions. Now I can confidently design my own world-changing version.
Does anyone else do this: sew up a garment you know you’re not crazy about because you want to go through the motions of constructing it? But with the plan all along to just do a better one afterwards? Please. I need to know if this is normal.
Kisses and stitches,