Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Shades of Chevron Apron

'Bout time Dolly created something, huh? It was SUCH a good feeling to hear that whir-whir-whir-whir-whir-whir of my sewing machine. It had been way too long since I had done any sewing!
You will need: approximately 1 1/2 - 2 yards of fabric, in two or three different colors.  I had 1 yard of the big pink, a fat quarter of the gray, and then I just cut the neck piece out of a yard that I had of the little pink chevron.
So, to begin, cut the following pieces out:
apron skirt: 29 1/2" x 33 1/2"
2 tails: 21" x 4 1/4" each
neck tie: 42" x 4 3/4"
2 waistbands: 21" x 4 1/4"
apron top: 12 1/4" x 20 3/4"

Iron under the sides and bottom edge of the apron skirt piece 1/4".

Fold the edges over again and press. This forms a finished edge that is ready for sewing.

Sew the sides and hem of the skirt piece, sewing as close as possible to the inside edge as shown.

Next, sew two baste lines (turn the stitch length to 5) at 3/8" and 1/2." Set piece aside.

Now we will take the apron top piece and iron under the sides twice, the same way as we did the skirt piece. Then, fold the top edge over 1 1/8". Press.

Sew the edges and top seams. I sewed the top edge twice so that it is extra strong.

Next, sew or serge the front waistband piece to the apron top, with right sides together. Mark the center of the waistband.

Mark the center and pull the back two basting threads on the apron skirt piece to gather. 

Match up the center marks of the waistband and apron skirt and begin pinning the pieces with right sides together as shown. Distribute the gathers evenly across the piece, leaving 3/4 inch on each end of the waistband.

Sew the pieces together, right in between the baste lines.

Remove pins and the baste line that is visible.

Sew or serge the tail pieces together, leaving one end open. Turn right side out and press, using a metal ruler to press out the seam.

Sew or serge the back waistband piece to the apron top as shown. You will have the wrong side of the apron top together with the right side of the back waistband. Picture it as "sandwiching" the apron top.

Next, iron under 3/8 inch of the back waistband piece so that when folded down, it matches the edge of the front waistband as shown.

Lay a tail piece on the front waistband as shown, with the finished edges coming towards the middle of the apron. Match the top edge of the tail with the apron top-waistband seam. Pin the pieces on in that exact position. Then, fold the apron top and back waistband over the pinned on tail pieces as shown in the last picture. Pin the tail pieces down again through all the layers.

Sew the seam right along the edge of the apron top.

Remove the pins, turn right side out, and voila!!

Sew or serge the neck tie piece, leaving one end open. Turn right side out and press, using a metal ruler to press out the seams.

Fold the open edge in as shown, forming an even, straight line.

Sew the seam, and tie in ends.

Press the apron top BEFORE inserting the neck tie. You are DONE!!! Hurrayy!! 

Let me know if there's any deficiencies in my directions or if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by!

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