Okey doke. Here is the tutorial for the apron I showed the other day.
I'm calling this the Henny Penny, because I think it'd be perfect attire for collecting eggs in the hen house (that my husband refuses to build) and because it’s a belated gift to this little blog, Penny Carnival, which I failed to say happy birthday to when it turned 2 years old last month. Sorry, Penny!
Here goes ... Let me know if you have any questions.
These directions assume you are using the same fabric for the entire apron and that the fabric doesn't have a particular direction to it. If you want to spice things up, read the ideas for "options" at the end.
I think it's helpful to have an idea of what you're aiming for before you start, so here's the finished apron spread out on my kitchen floor:
Note: The white- and tan-colored aprons you’ll see here are made from 100 percent cotton muslin, which is perfect for this pattern because it’s lightweight and billowy. You’ll also see that I made the Henny Penny out of quilting fabric, too. "Gingko" from Jessica Levitt’s Timber line for Windham Fabrics. An absolutely gorgeous print. I couldn’t resist. But the muslin does hang a wee bit better.
Wash and dry the fabric. Then lay it flat and make the following cuts:
Start by making the straps. Place two of the 16-by-32 inch pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Stitch them together along the two long sides and one short side.
FYI: I used two different color fabrics for the "right" side (white) of the strap and the "wrong" side (tan) of the strap to illustrate how to assemble the apron toward the end of this tutorial. Your straps will probably be the same color on both sides.
Iron the strap so it lays flat. There's no need to finish the raw ends, but you can if you want.
Repeat with the other two strap pieces. Set your finished straps aside for now.
Moving on ... to the bodice and ties.
You could cut the bodice and ties out of one long piece of fabric that's 104 inches long by 18 inches wide. Dividing the bodice into three sections saves you money at the fabric store, though, and it doesn’t affect the look of the finished apron.
Set down the bodice piece on your table, right side up. Set one of the side ties on top of it, right side facing the right side of the bodice so that the two 18-inch sides line up. Pin that 18-inch side together and stitch.
Repeat with the other side tie and the other side of the bodice so you now have a piece that's 18 inches wide by about 103 inches long (a bit shorter because of the seams).
Hem around all four sides of the bodice/ties piece, folding the edges of the fabric over twice and pressing with a hot iron first so the hems don't fray.
Now for the skirt.
Hem the two short sides and one long side of the skirt, just as you hemmed the bodice/ties section (by folding the fabric edges over twice, pressing and then stitching).
Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length. Now stitch along the length of the skirt's remaining long side (the one that isn't hemmed), about 1/2 inch from the edge. This will be the top of your skirt--the part that gets attached to the bodice.
Tug on the ends of that thread to gather the skirt top. Keep tugging and gathering until the top of the skirt is now 22 inches across instead of 44 inches. Tie the two ends of the thread with double knots so the gathering you just created stays put.
1. Place the skirt on the floor or table WRONG SIDE DOWN 2. Place the straps on top of the apron so that the right side of the straps (if it matters) is touching the right side of the skirt. The straps should have a gap of 11 inches between them. The raw edges of the straps should sit slightly past the raw/gathered egde of the skirt and the sewn ends of the straps should be stretched out near the bottom/finished edge of the skirt.
How to wear the apron.
2. Arrange the bodice so it drapes across your chest the way you want it to. Pull the bodice ties behind you, criss cross them behind your back, then bring them tightly around front again. Tie the ties in a double knot in front. They should be partially covering the straps that go up around your neck.
3. Cook something. Anything. Flounce around in the garden. Eat fruit right off the tree. Let the juices drip down your chin. Make love in the grass.
OK. I’m getting carried away now.
1. For a different look, use more than one fabric. As you can see here, I made the neck straps brown when I used the Jessica Levitt Gingko fabric.
I also could have made the ties (not the center bodice piece) brown to give it sort of a lederhosen look.
3. Add some sort of trim along the bottom of the skirt or up the straps. Rick rack, maybe? Ribbon? Bias tape?
4. Embroider or appliqué something onto the skirt. A chicken, perhaps?
5. Whatever you do, DON'T SMILE for camera's self-timer button. What's wrong with me?
Update: There was a request on Facebook to see the back side of the apron. It pains me to do this, but here it is, folks. Presenting: my rear end.