Thursday, May 17, 2012
Faux ME Apron & Pattern
To figure out the width of the apron pattern and to make the waist where the ties would be attached, I measured again from the top of my chest at the safety pin, but this time only down to my waist (your waist is where you bendy, safety pin it). My waistline just so happens to be at my belly-button. So then, I measured from my belly-button around (east/west) on my waistline to a spot on the side where the side seam of my blouses are generally at. Add one inch for seam allowance and put that measurement mark on the paper pattern.
To get the arm curve between the bib and waistline, I had to measure from the safety pin in the middle of my chest again over (east/west) to my bra strap plus 1 inch to get the top corner point of the bib and measured that out on the newspaper. Next, I drew a rectangle with rulers on the paper down (south) from that top bib point to the waistline and in (east/west) from the side seam to intersect. I used either a dinner plate or round serving tray, I can’t remember which, lining its edge up against the two lines of the rectangle lines you just intersected (corner) to draw around to get the curve.
From the outside waistline corner, I drew against a yardstick straight down (south) to the bottom hem edge. Then I went over the cutting lines in black sharpie and wrote notes to myself about how long to make the ties for the top and bottom. Usually one yard of material is all I need to make one apron including matching ties and neckband. I cut the neckband and ties from the opposite open side of the material, three inches wide twice lengthwise, cutting through both layers of material. The apron ties remain the length of the material, but the neckband was wrapped around my neck, pinned on top of the bib, adjusted as needed and then measured lengthwise. Remember to add 2 inches to that last measurement for a seam allowance. I sew all the ties (3 = 1 neckband + 2 waist) at the same time, turning them inside out with a safety pin, iron and fold one end over and attach to the apron at the same time I’m finishing the edges of the apron with a sewn rolled hem. The very ends of the waist ties I generally tie a knot and let the ends of the material fray slightly.
If I can make this simple pattern, then anybody else can too! Love to see what you make!