Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Looks can be deceiving

Just because it looks like denim doesn't necessarily mean it is denim.

After all, wouldn't you say this skirt looks like a denim skirt?

Sure it does, but it's actually a lightweight wool - cool huh? The look of denim without the bulk.

Enough about the fabric - let me tell you about the skirt pattern!

It is skirt number 105 from the January '09 issue of Burda World of Fashion. Isn't it fabulous? I was drawn to the uniqueness of the design.

The waist is shaped by large angled pleats, which are topstitched in place with the fullness released below the hipline. A decorative zipper, with the zipper tape partially showing, is secured in place topstitching.

The back has the same two angled pleats with the topstitching. The stitched down pleats give the skirt a slight tulip shape.

The double rows of topstitching hold the hem in place. The hem really is that deep!

In the BWOF instructions the skirt is not lined. However, I added a lining because the wool skirt would have been too sheer to wear without a slip. And who wants to wear a slip with a semi-casual skirt?

To draw a pattern for the lining, I used the facing pattern pieces for my waist edge and used the side edges of the skirt pattern to get the correct width.

For an extra 30 minutes of time the skirt will be much more comfortable to wear.

With the left over wool, I think I'll sew myself a looks-like-denim-but-its-not jacket. Pin It

Monday, February 02, 2009

Tutorial: Sew a child's reversible craft apron

child's craft apron side oneApron side one

child's reversible craft apron side twoApron side two

Printable instructions can be downloaded here (on Scribd).

These aprons were sewn as Christmas gifts for a friend's two little ones. I tucked themed crayons, colored pencils and stickers into the pockets - Disney's Cars for the little guy and Disney Princesses for the little gal. The toddlers loved their new aprons so much that after they each drew me a thank you picture they proceeded to wear the aprons for the rest of the day.

These aprons are oh-so-simple to sew! Use one side as a craft apron; flip it over and it becomes a little kitchen helper's apron.

  • This craft apron fits approximately size 2 to 6.

  • 1/2 yard for each apron side
  • 4-1/2 yards of bias tape
  • thread
  • paper to draw the apron pattern.

Create the paper pattern
To create the apron body pattern:
  • Draw a rectangle 14" (long) x 9" (wide)
  • Mark the left side as the center front.
  • Measure in 3-1/2" along the top edge and make a mark.
  • Measure down 4-1/2" along the right side edge and make a mark.
  • Draw a curved line connecting the two marks you made.
  • If you want, curve the bottom corner. I used a dinner plate as a guide for the curve.

To create the apron pocket pattern:
  • Draw a rectangle 7-1/2" (long) x 9" (wide)
  • Draw a vertical line 6" in from the right side connecting the top and bottom lines. This is the stitching line that forms three pockets.
  • Don't forget to curve the bottom of the pocket if you curved the apron.

Sew the apron
Cut out the pattern pieces
  • Remember! Place center fronts on the fold of the fabric.
  • Cut 1 apron and 1 pocket from fabric number one.
  • Cut 1 apron and 1 pocket from fabric number two.
  • Make 4-1/2 yards of bias tape or use purchased bias tape.
Apron side one
  • Apply bias tape along the 18" (top edge) of pocket.
  • If you're unsure how to apply bias tape, check out videos on YouTube, like this one.
  • With right sides facing up, place pocket on top of apron matching bottom raw edges. (The wrong side of the pocket will be against the right side of the apron.) Pin.
  • Hand or machine baste pocket to apron along outer edges, leaving upper edge (the edge with the bias tape) free.
  • Machine stitch along stitch lines on pocket, securing the pocket to apron.
Apron side two
  • Repeat steps for the reverse side of the apron.
Join apron front and back
  • With wrong sides together, match the raw edges of the two aprons. Pin.
  • Hand or machine baste together close to raw edges.
Bias tape
  • Apply bias tape to lower edge of apron making sure raw edges of both sides of apron are encased.
  • Apply bias tape to upper edge of apron making sure raw edges of both sides of apron are encased.
  • Do not apply bias tape to the curved edges of the bodice yet. You'll finish the curved edge when you add the tie ends.
Tie ends
  • Cut 2 pieces of bias tape the length of the curved area (from the top edge of apron to side edge of apron) plus 30".
  • Apply bias tape to curved edge of apron extending 15" on the top of the apron (forming the neck ties) and 15" on the side of the apron (forming the waist ties).
  • When sewing the bias tape to the curved edge, continue stitching along the unfolded edge of the bias tape close to the edge.


  • Place apron on your little one and sit back and watch them happily begin their own creative journey.
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