Yesterday we kept busy- I had to go to a bridal shower (which was super cute.. why didn't I bring my camera?) and then we had Z's oldest sister and her little guy over for supper. Her hubby was working a 24 hr. shift. Surprisingly, hanging out with my new little nephew (he's almost 3 months) didn't give me baby fever! Loved it, but I've become totally okay with it just being us for the next few years. I'm really excited about these next few years- we have lots of adventures in real estate, travel, and homemaking planned & I'm looking forward to sharing it with you guys!
I know I'm working backwards, but Friday night I kept busy by working on a little project I've been wanting to get to- making myself an apron. I'm more of a whirlwind in the kitchen than a perfectionist, and I tend to get splatters of stuff on myself from time to time. So rather than shell out $30ish on an apron, I decided to take my own advice, and DIY!
How an Amateur Rebel Seamstress Makes an Apron:
As I've told you before, I don't do patterns. The rebel in me has always turned my nose up at them. I'd probably have better luck if I did, but they just seem too time consuming and restricting, so I take my own measurements and do it freehand!
Step 1: Purchase Fabric. I only needed 1/2 yard- I didn't want it to be too wide.
Step 2: Measure. I measured from my waist down to a little above my knee and marked the length on the back of the fabric. Then I measured the width I wanted it to be across my waist and chest. I decided to use the entire width of the fabric for around my waist and taper up to ~11 in. across my chest. Also measure the distance from your waist to the height you want it on your chest. I made little marks on the back of the fabric for each of these measurements, careful to leave ~1 in. for a hem. Draw a light dashed line ( - - - -) from the waist line to the chest line diagonally. This will be your guide for cutting the apron down to it's intended shape.
Step 3: Cut. First, cut along your dashed line from the waist to the chest. Then cut along the chest line at the top- I had to cut off several inches of fabric. It should come out looking something like this:
Step 4: Iron. I always do this step just because it makes hemming SO much easier. I folded the outside edges over ~1/2 in. and iron it down until it stayed flat. Then I folded over once more, ironed, and pinned it down. Then you're all ready to sew the hems.
Step 5: Hem. This one's pretty straightforward and easy. Although, you have to remember to sew a strap into the top chest hem to go around your head. I decided to use some ribbon I already had laying around. Make sure it's long enough that you'll be able to get it around your head & short enough that it doesn't sag further than you want it to in the front. Also, to make it look a little less home-made, I decided to make 3 little tucks at the top. You can do this while you're hemming the top, or go back and sew another strip across the tucks after you've hemmed. I decided to do this since I was planning on sewing a ribbon on top anyway.
Step 6: Add waist-tie & ribbon. I was planning on using stitch witchery to adhere the ribbon to the front of the apron, since I'd heard good things about it. Maybe it's because I don't really know what I'm doing, but I couldn't get it to work. So, I just reverted back to the tried & true way: sewing it! Once I got that done, I thought the ribbon along the waist looked a little lonely, so I sewed a strip along the top as well.
Not bad for $4 worth of fabric & ribbon! & in case you're wondering, it saved me from getting some tomato juice on myself last night!
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