Just this morning I finished sewing my apron for the Holiday Hostess apron swap. Not being able to find fabric I envisioned combined with a serious lack of sewing time, resulted in a finished apron that looked quite differently than my original sketches. However, I'm still pleased with it and I certainly hope my secret swap partner will be too.
Originally I was going to do my own design. But as time began to rapidly slip away from me I choose to use a commercial pattern. It's Butterick 5302, a fairly new release, that includes four different apron designs.
- The front of the apron and the apron tie: quilting cottons from Treadle Yard Goods. Gotta keep those independent fabric stores in business you know.
- The white contrast band and waistband: stretch panne velvet. (Note: be sure to interface a knit fabric when sewing to a woven to prevent the slight sagging you see happening on my band.)
- The underskirt: a sparkly, sheer, polyester fabric embellished with tiny flowers and pearls.
- Trim: metallic turquoise rick-rack and a lace trim that had white seed beads and turquoise sequins.
I did make a few minor changes to the design.
- I added an additional band by cutting a 2-1/2" wide piece of fabric - following the curve of the apron. It was positioned it two" above the point of each scallop and basted in place.
- I added a second layer behind the apron for a touch of holiday sparkle. To do so, I cut a piece of sheer fabric the width of the apron, two inches longer than the apron, and squared the edges. My first version was rounded and I didn't like the way it looked. The underskirt adds a some volume to the apron also.
- The trims were added where I thought they worked rather than what the pattern directions called for. I sewed the trims over the raw edges of the fabric bands with a small zig-zag. This eliminated the need to turn under the band fabric edges, secured the bands to the apron front and will help prevent the raw edges from raveling.
- Eliminated the heart pocket
- Lengthened the tie ends, so they are now long enough to bring to the front and tie if the wearer so chooses.
As usual, this is an apron that I would like to keep for myself, so of course I'll sew another using this pattern as a base for the design.
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