Guest Blogger, Mary Mulari
Let’s face it: I’d be a lousy employee at an apron factory because I struggle to make even two aprons exactly alike. I took this opportunity to be part of Nancy’s blog featuring the Easy Reversible Aprons pattern—Waist Tie Aprons as a challenge to mix and match features. I used details from the original apron designs to appear on other styles…just couldn’t stop myself! You can see from the apron pattern cover how the details such as appliqués, pockets, etc. appear. The aprons below show the new options. Another part of my challenge was to use fabrics and trims I had on hand instead of heading off to the fabric store to purchase more.
Summer and Winter Fresh Air Apron
One side of this apron was designed as a clothespin apron, which suggested summer to me. The fabric colors are bright and cheerful like the flowers blooming in the season. The pocket openings are edged with bias tape left over from another project and instead of fabric ties, I chose 1″ wide grosgrain ribbon from my ribbon bin. It’s always smart to cut the ends of ribbon ties at an angle to avoid raveling. The advantage of using grosgrain ribbon for apron ties is that it’s stronger than satin ribbon and seems to stay tied better. You can choose to have very long ribbons in order to cross the ties in the back and bring them to the front to tie the apron. You’ll also notice the fabric loop on the apron front, which is used for hanging up the apron when it’s not being worn.
When the season changes to winter, the other side of the Fresh Air Apron features two cool-weather blue prints and rick rack trim. There’s more rick rack around the outer edge of the apron too.
Three Season Necktie Wedge Apron
Digging into my fabric stash and fat quarter collection provided all the fabrics for both sides of this waist tie apron. One side represents autumn and the colors of fallen leaves, Thanksgiving, and harvest. I used my serger to create the wedge end shapes and then to assemble the wedges into the apron. For most of my aprons, there’s a pocket to be found and this one is quite small but adequate for a hanky or tissue, a piece of chocolate, or a key.
Like Picasso (Remember the references to his “Blue Period?”), I’m in the “Piping Phase” of my life, so I couldn’t resist making use of some flat piping left over from a vest project. I added it to the top of the waistband and to each side edge of the apron.
Wearing the other side of the apron, I’m ready for two more seasons of the year: Christmas and Valentine’s Day. By selecting red prints with no specific Christmas designs on them, I think I can stretch out the use of this side of the apron to include two holidays. The ties are wide with an angled end, like vintage aprons. This type of tie was used on the Coffee Cups and Cocktails Apron in the Waist Tie pattern, but I matched it up with this version of the Necktie Wedge Apron. Since I didn’t have long enough pieces of fabric to make the ties alike on each side, I chose four different fabrics so both ties are different from each other…why not?
Appliqué Pockets on the Toolbelt Apron
This time my stash of Ultrasuede®/Sensuede™ provided the appliqué pocket fabric for this new rendition of the Toolbelt Apron. I found the easiest and neatest way to secure the appliqués before sewing is to spray the back of the appliqué shapes with temporary fusible spray, such as Sulky KK2000. However, I cover up what will be the inside of the pocket with pieces of paper so the spray doesn’t touch that part. Just spray the outer edges that will be attached to the apron body. That way your hands or the pocket contents won’t stick to the back of the appliqués.
Note the red flat piping that outlines the curved shape of the cocktail side of the apron. This method for making piping by cutting across the fabric grain is included in the pattern. It’s easy to make and can be used on many edges, including slight curves.
If you already own this pattern with its five apron versions, I hope these new aprons might inspire you to do your own mixing and matching of apron details as you create reversible aprons for yourself and for those upcoming bridal showers.
Watch Easy Reversible Aprons online
This weeks Sewing with Nancy online video feature is the first episode of Easy Reversible Aprons. Watch and enjoy!
Thank you to Black Waters Coffee!
My favorite coffee shop in our little town of Beaver Dam, WI, is Black Waters Coffee. They graciously allowed us to use their cafe for our photo shoot. They also have terrific soups, sandwiches, and wraps. If you’re ever here for a visit, stop by and tell them Nancy sent you! (You can’t go wrong with the Curry Chicken Wrap!)
Bye for now,