I needed to take a break from quilt making and I decided a quick and easy project was in order. Since I plan on giving aprons as Christmas gifts to a couple individuals I decided to give the Kitschy Kitchen Apron from One Yard Wonders a try.
The fabric is from Joel Dewberry’s Deer Valley fabric collection in persimmon. I can’t remember why I bought them but since one of my goals for my Christmas crafting is to use fabric from my stash I thought these two prints would be perfect. While the goal of the book is to use a single yard of fabric almost every example of this I’ve seen has used at least two different prints except for the one in the book.
The pattern is simple to cut and sew together. There aren’t any pattern pieces to print off, you draw the pieces directly onto the fabric using the dimensions provided. My only complaint with this is the assumption that you can get a full 36 inches from the selvedge edge of a yard of fabric. I don’t know about you but after I’ve squared everything up I’ve got 35- 35 1/2 inches. In this case I had 35 1/2 inches but you ruffle this down to 21 inches anyway so it’s not a big deal. However I’ve used patterns where this has been a big deal so I think pattern writers should be aware of this issue and take it into account when dictating measurements and writing patterns.
Whenever a pattern calls for topstitching close to the edge I cringe a little, I’m just not that great at getting a precise line of stitches so instead I make every everything 1/4 inch and it works just fine and looks a lot better.
Janome makes a ruffle foot but it’s a little expensive and I’d rarely use it so I did this the old fashioned way with a large basting stitch and hand gathering it. I use a lot of pins when sewing a ruffled or gathered piece of fabric to a straight piece to ensure the edges stay lined up.
It was on step 5, attaching the waistband, that I got completely confused. Did you ever read a pattern step over and over again waiting for comprehension to hit? You know it should make sense, but you just don’t get it? That’s what happened to me. The directions say:
“Press one long raw dge of the waistband under 1/2 inch to the wrong side of the fabric” Okay that’s easy enough I get that.
“With right sides together, align the raw edges of the waistband to the raw edge of the apron/ruffle, and stitch.” Stitch what? Stitch how far from the edge? Baste?
So I did another 1/4 inch seam along the raw edge sewing the three pieces together (the ruffle, the skirt, and the waistband) and “Press(ed) the seam allowances toward the waistband.”
But then it says “With right sides together, fold the waistband in half lengthwise, and stitch across the short ends. Clip the corners, turn the waistband right side out, and press.” I don’t get it… If the waistband is sewn to the rest of the apron how could you turn it “right side out” So after reading it about twenty times, googling to see if anyone else faced the problem and still feeling lost I decided to veer away from the directions and do my own thing.
I folded the raw edge of both short sides under 1/2 inch to the wrong side of the fabric.
Then I folded the waistband over so that the unsewn edge covered the stitching from attaching the apron, ruffle, and waistband together.
While I was at it I decided to go ahead and put the apron ties into the waistband 1/2 inch and then sew a 1/4 inch all the way around the back of the waistband.
I love how it turned out but I still don’t understand the directions….
The whole project only took a couple of hours and is a great Christmas, birthday, housewarming or hostess gift that can be completely customized for the recipient. It’s so quick and easy in fact making these could easily become addictive. For a minute or two I contemplated giving everyone one of these for Christmas 🙂