OK then, an apron it is!
It took me a while to figure out what kind of apron I wanted to make. I didn't want anything ruffled, and I wanted it to be a serviceable apron - i.e. cover her clothes while she's cooking. I finally found this tutorial for a deli-style apron like the kind I always wear. I ordered up some cotton sateen: Swirl in Tangerine by Trenna Travis for Michael Miller, and the reverse for the pocket.
When I set about making the apron a couple days ago, I did things a bit differently from the tutorial. Since I thought I might want to make this again, I traced out the pattern on tissue rather than directly onto the fabric. And instead of using cotton webbing for the tie, I made my own tie using the contrasting fabric.
For the tie, I cut three pieces of fabric 2.125" wide by the length of fabric I had, which was about 39". I trimmed the ends to 45-degree angles and sewed them into one long strip, then folded it in on itself and sewed it up with a 1/4" seam. After turning it out to the right side, I poked the ends in and then edgestitched along the entire seamed edge.
There is a fair bit of edgestitching in this project, and my blind hem foot came in quite handy for that.
You can't really see it, but the pocket is divided into three: one larger pocket on the right side, and two smaller ones on the left. M told me that she has to have a pocket to keep her phone in, since it's how she operates her buzzer!
|pocket dividing stitches from the back|
The pattern calls for 1.25 yards of 54" fabric for the apron and .5 yards for the pocket. I have enough fabric left over that I could make a second apron, so I think if you wanted to lay this out cross-wise instead of length-wise, you could get away with half the amount.
This kind of apron is long, and meant to be worn folded up at the waist, like this:
I think the only thing I'd change in the future is to make the tie longer - this one is 98". I like to wrap my apron ties around the back and then tie a bow in the front. This one does wrap to the front, but it's only long enough for a double knot, not a bow.
So that's my second sewing FO for 2014. Sadly, it doesn't count toward my Stash Diet tally, since I'd purchased this fabric at the end of 2013 specifically to make this gift!