Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2nd Apron

This is the 2nd apron out of the three made from a pair of jeans and a shirt, it was also the most time consuming.  The ruffle really kicked my butt.  First I had too little fabric for the ruffle, then too much.  Then I found out after I was all done that some sewing machines have an automatic ruffler, well wouldn't that be nice.  Oh well I think it turned out pretty cute.  The only shirt fabric you use for this is the sleeves.


1.       Cut out the back sides of the jeans as shown.  Cut inside of the side seams (you don’t want them), and don’t worry if the two sides aren’t even yet.
2.       Open up the crotch seam a couple of inches until you can get it to lay flat.  Sew that seam down.
3.       Now cut the bottom straight across.  Use a plate or lid as a guide and round the edges.
4.       Cut off the cuffs of the shirt and save.  Cut along the seams of the arms of the shirt you used for the first apron and lay out flat.
5.       Square off your fabric and cut 2 ½” strips from the arms.  Sew the edges end to end, right sides together.
6.       Narrow hem one long side.
7.       Run a basting stitch along the other edge and gather.
8.       Fit and pin the ruffle to the apron, right sides together and stitch.  Turn over to the front and top stitch very close to the seam to hold the ruffle flat.
9.       Measure the cuffs to fit the pocket width plus enough extra for a seam allowance on the raw edge.  Sew the trim ribbon to the bottom of the cuff.   Fold over the raw edge and hem.  Glue the cuffs to the pockets securely.
10.   Cut a length of the black (or contrasting) fabric 4” x “64.  I had to cut 2 pieces and sew them together to get the 64”. 
11.   Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew the long edge.  Turn right side out.  Tuck in the unfinished edges, and topstitch to finish.
12.   Loop the tie in the belt loops and tie.

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