Projects – A classic apron with lots of details.

This is the first in a new series on my blog of available projects. Most of the classes I run these days are flexible dressmaking or bring your own project sessions. It is quite difficult to find time to add specific project classes to the timetable. However that’s not to say there aren’t quite a lot of options when it comes to projects. In fact in the early days I developed more projects than I knew what to do with. Recently I decided to work through all these projects and publish the ones that I think really teach some good skills as well as deliver a decent end product. These projects are all available to make in my flexible sessions alongside others working on different projects. The patterns can be borrowed and copies made should you wish during my sewing classes or courses.

The projects shown in this section of my blog are also good options for people who might want me to host classes in their venue or as private or party bookings in my studio.

This is a classic apron a perfect project for level 2 customers. This may be a second or third sewing project, ideal if you have basic machine skills. There are lots of techniques included in this simple apron but nothing to worry about when it comes to fit. I have three sizes for the adult apron, catering for small frames, medium frames and larger frames which is also suitable for men.

Fabric requirements:

For fabrics with a width of 1.12m/45inches:

Small – 1.35m

Medium – 1.40m

Large – 1.50m

For fabrics with a width of 1.50m/60 inches:

All sizes – 1.25cm

The front has a curved patch pocket. I will teach you how to create a smooth curve on the lower edge of the pocket as well as how to transfer markings and position the pocket.

The strap and waist ties are made with a technique called ‘bagging out’, we will look at the different options of how to do this and how to create a neat finish.

The straps and ties are double stitched strongly, perfect for a practical and hard wearing utility garment like this apron.

The armholes are faced and under-stitched, introducing techniques that are commonly used in dressmaking.

The corners of the apron are mitred, I will show you an easy way to learn this neat finish.

The apron hem has deep top-stitched hems, introducing less used guidelines on the sewing machine.

This apron has been made up in linen fabric it also works well in lots of different fabrics such as lightweight denim, cotton, quilters weight cotton and medium weight canvas types. There is plenty of sewing straight lines, ideal practice for new sewers. The end result is a useful and practical item which you could keep or give as a gift.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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