I have been working on making some aprons for a couple of painting events that I am teaching.
I did some research on buying aprons, and though there are some beautiful ones out there, my budget wouldn't allow purchasing a large number of them. So, I figured I would make my own!
I drew the shape I wanted, measuring the length from the neckline to where I wanted the bottom hem to be - 28 inches. The width of the neckline - 7 inches, then, based on some of the patterns I saw, I made the width of the bottom portion - 28 inches.
After preheating my iron, I pressed the neckband and ties as follows: I folded the ties in half (length-wise) and pressed, then folded each side to the center crease then pressed. Then folded in half and pressed again. Using a straight stitch, I machine stitched the length of the tie, and folded one end over and stitched across.
For the neckband I pressed in half length-wise and then folded and pressed the edges in about 1/4 inch. Then pressing in half again, I machine stitched using a 3/8 inch allowance.
Beginning with the top "corners", I pressed a small amount (1/4 inch) of the edge, then turned another 1/4 inch and pinned it, and repeated on the opposite side. Then I stitched the seams in place. I did two turns of the edge so it would have a nice finished look.
Then I pressed the neckline, and turned and pinned it, also placing the neck band, then sewing into place. (The first apron I made, I twisted the band, but it still works...)
Next are the two edges, which I turned, pressed and turned again, putting the ties in place on either side, pinning and sewing both edges.
The final step is turning, pinning and sewing the bottom edge.
This apron doesn't have a pocket, but where it is for a large group, painting event, I don't think that will be an issue.
Apron Pinterest board - because I don't think these will be the only ones I make! Have you made an apron? What is your favorite pattern or style?