Posted in Product Reviews on Monday the 1st August 2016 by Annette
are amongst our best sellers here at Minerva. I would imagine that most of these lovely aprons are made as gifts for family and friends especially at Christmas time. So going on from this I am offering you as
By getting the pattern now, especially as we are offering this as our #patternoftheweek at 50% off it will give you lots of lovely sewing time to make some very individual aprons for your loved ones be they family or friends this Christmas time. You will see from the pattern that Denim Fabric
has been used. On closer examination you will see that there are two versions. Basically it is his and hers, hers being gathered at the waist and his being a more straight cut design.
Although version A, the ladies, has been made in Denim and I must say it would look fab in a soft to handle Denim Chambray Fabric
and it doesn't stop there. All the bits of stash fabrics (that are saved because they will come in handy someday!) can now be used to make aprons. Any pieces that are big enough can be used for the main piece and place a co-ordinating pocket or even a mad wild (call it what you want) contrasting pocket. Talking of contrasting pockets how about crocheting some granny squares, lining them if neccessary and using these for pockets. If indeed you opt for a denim/chambray then you will notice on the pattern that 2 rows of topstitching are used around the pockets, very similar to jeans.
The fabric would need to be quite lightweight because the skirt part is gathered onto the waistband.
Because the bib of the skirt is cut in one piece with the skirt part, it means there are no gathers at the front, and because of this a nice flattering flat front will be achieved.
So back to what fabrics could be used for this apron. Well the answer is virtually anything. Talking of that stash we all have, I am sure we all have at least one piece of fabric that was either bought just because you liked it and you've never found the right pattern for it or you simply hadn't bought enough (yes I am very guilty of that!) or you've bought it then fallen out with it or even a friend has given it to you and you don't like to say no! If any of those apply to you then now is the time to have a good sort out. As I said earlier mix and match the fabrics.
This style has a very flattering feminine look to it so it would seem right to sew it in a very Pretty Floral Fabric
or similar. Pricewise we would be starting with Polycotton Fabric
at just £2.99 per mt. We have hundreds of designs here at Minerva, you name the subject and we probably have a design associated with it. If you are making a good few of these aprons especially if you are donating them to a church fete or similar then this is more than enough to pay and remember all the bits could even be sewn together in various concoctions to create a 'new' random patchwork effect fabric to make yet another apron.
Now on to version B. This is intended for the guys but I have to say I would love this one for myself. I remember when at primary school all the girls had to make an apron. The shape of the piece that we cut out was similar to version B, just one big piece and all that I seem to remember about the fit is that it was very straight up and down so to speak. I never liked it and to this day I have never made another apron. So I thought I would not have too much to say about this version but hey look at my next photo.
They have simply added two darts at each side in order to give some shape. Probably lots of apron patterns are like this but I've never looked! Simplicity have displayed it as a work apron again in denim. So for this I would use a stronger denim like our 7.5oz Heavy Denim Fabric
. My next photo shows the top pocket and how they have sewn an extra line of stitching down the centre of the pocket (through all thicknesses) thus creating one pocket in two halves. This technique could be used on any of the pockets but if this apron is being used for the handyman in your life then make one big pocket and sew down the centre or even sew two lines. This will make good 'storage' for tape measures hammers etc.,
You will notice on the last two photos that a small piece of fusible interfacing has been ironed on to the corners (just next to the darts). This is to give a little extra strength for the buttonholes that are sewn there. Two very long straps are made out of fabric, sewn on to the corners of the bib front, crossed at the back and threaded through these buttonholes before tying at the back. Remember you could always substitute cotton tape for these straps or even polypropylene tape if for the work apron.
Last but not least just in case you would like to buy your fabric at the same time as getting your #patternoftheweek at half price, I will give you an idea of sizes and fabric amounts.
Version A fits Bust 30" to 36" and takes 1.6 mts
Version B fits chest 34" to 44" and also takes 1.6 mts
Oops did I forget to mention there is a childs version (C) of version B this fits chest 24" to 30" and takes just 1.3 mts.
Happy sewing you lovely fellow sewists and thank you for reading,