Half Apron With Overskirt

 

I’m still digging into my grandmother’s fabric stash.  I just love this red & white polka dot fabric.  I thought it would make the cutest summery shirt for Sarah.  I just keep forgetting that she doesn’t do cute anymore.  After asking her about a thousand times, I decided I couldn’t let this fabric go to waste.  I never make anything for myself and I can always use an apron.  (I just love the way my dress form says I look.  I put in my measurements and it lies, lies, lies to me.)

So this is my first attempt at an illustration in photoshop.  I used all kinds of tutorials, and I’m sure I really did it the hard way.  I know my husband will wake up and show me some super fast, super easy way of doing it.  But here goes…

Wow!  Not too bad.  But all those lines looked straight when I drew them.

This apron is a med to large size.  I like to cross my belt in back and tie it in front.  I think it’s easier and prettier this way.  The belt ties are extra long so you can do that with them.

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1.  This step is optional.  Round the bottom corners of the overskirt.  I traced around the edge of a cookie tin lid, then cut off the corner.

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2.  Hem sides and lower edge of overskirt and main skirt.  Press under 1/4″ of edges, turn and press under another 1/4″ to make hem.

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3.  Stitch close to edge for hem.  (My tension was a little off.  Had to fix that.)  Do this for both the overskirt and main skirt.

 

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4.  Gather the top edge of your overskirt.  Using your largest stitch length, stitch 1/4″ from top edge.  Stitch again close to your first seam.  Do not backstitch, and make sure to leave little tails of thread to pull on.  I always forget the tails with my new machine cause it cuts for me.

5.  Repeat above step with main skirt.

 

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6.  Pull up on bobbin threads to gather fabric.  Gather the main skirt to 24″ and the overskirt to 22″.  You can do a basting stitch here if you like.  I just tie my gathering threads together to keep it in place.

 

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7.  Center overskirt on main skirt.  Right sides should both be up.  Line top edges up.  Pin, pin, pin.

 

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8.  Sew together with basting stitch.

 

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9.  Prepare waistband.  Press under 1/2″  on both sides (the 9″ sides).  Fold in half lengthwise and press.  Press under 1/2″ on long edges (the 24″ sides).

 

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10.  With waistband wrong side up, pin skirts (right side up) to waistband.  Line top edge of skirts to raw edge of waistband that has been pressed up.  So in easier words 1/2″ up.  Baste.

 

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11.  Fold down top of waistband to cover top edge of skirts.  Pin.  Stitch close to edge on waistband.  Don’t sew the sides of the waistband yet.  You still need to add your belt ties.  You can now carefully pull out basting stitch on back of waistband from step 10.  I just leave it in.  It’s on the back.  It doesn’t bother me one bit.

 

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Sorry about the fabric change here.  I seem to have lost these pics from the other apron.  On the plus side, this is for another tutorial coming up.

12.  This step is optional.  To angle the edges of the belt ties, fold each tie in half lengthwise (right sides together).  Cut a corner off one edge of each tie.  I cut in 2-1/2″.

13.  With right sides still together, sew along long edge and angled edge with 1/4″ seam.  Leave the non-angled edge open.  Turn right side out.  Press.  Topstitch around edges at 1/4″.

 

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14.  Make small pleats in the straight, unfinished sides of your belt ties.  Try to make them about the same size.  You also want to pay attention here to make sure your angled edges of the ties are facing the same direction, and the pleats are lined up also.

 

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15.  Insert tie edges into waistband about 1/2″.  Pin and stitch in place.

 

 

 

You are done!!  Very easy, pretty apron.  Although I do feel like I should be wearing minnie ears with it…