Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Very Popular Apron

Butterick 4945
Originally uploaded by vintagevirginia473
This sample has sold at least twenty copies of Butterick's cute pattern. I recommend cutting the lower ruffle from a contrast fabric. Although Butterick's version is also sweet, showing off that lovely bias ruffle with a coordinating print highlights the best part of the design.

The gathered patch pocket is not included in this pattern. I believe I lifted it from Colette Pattern's Ceylon dress. Any patch pocket you fancy will work!

Sewing notes: to hem the circular ruffle, I serged 1/4" Stitchwitchery to the edge, turned and pressed, and then stitched the hem in place. Much better than struggling with any other variety of narrow hem.

Be sure to mark all the construction dots. I didn't, and that made attaching the neck and waist ties harder than it needed to be. Or, follow Linda Boyd's great advice and make the curved side sections as a casing. Then thread a long self-fabric tie from the waist at one side, around the neck, down through the casing on the other side. Then you won't have that silly bow at the neck and the apron will be much more comfortable to wear (not to mention easier to adjust).

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