Saturday, August 14, 2010
Vintage Apron Sew-a-Long Day 2: Sewing part 2
This is the fun part because we get to decorate with rick-rack. I LOVE rick-rack it's so cute and it was very fashionable from the 1940's-50's. You can use rickrack to embellish aprons, skirts, dresses, cardigans, etc.
Begin on step 8
8.) "On outside, center rickrack over upper side edges of pockets, folding in fullness at corner and tapering ends to inside at small circles, as shown. Stitch in place."
The rickrack will be placed over the stitches that you did in Sewing part 1.
fold edges under like this:
and fold in the fullness in the corner, as directed. I flip my rickrack over, so the corner looks like this:
You will notice that my rickrack is green and my thread is yellow, this is so you can see the stitches. For your apron (and any projects using rickrack) try to use the same color thread as the rickrack. You will have a nice, clean look when completed.
9.)"Pin right side of pockets to wrong side of apron, having lower edges even. Stitch between outer small circles. Trim
When the pockets are pinned to the apron, it should look like this:
The rickrack should be touching the -wrong- side of your apron (the side without color or print).
Now. you will stitch the pocket to the apron. This is done the same way we did step 1 earlier today. Insert fabric, lower presser foot, sew. Keep needle in fabric, raise presser foot, pivot fabric, lower presser foot and sew. For more details see Step 1 of Day 2 part 1.
** A word on seam allowances***
When you sew the pocket to the apron, you don't want your needle too close to teh edge or too close to the inside of the fabric. This is called a seam allowance. A seam allowance is the measurement of fabric from the line of stitching to the edge of the fabric. In this case, our seam allowance is 5/8inch. Many sewing machines have guide lines for the seam allowance so that when you sew, you just line the edge of your fabric against these guide lines and stitch away! My guide lines look like this:
If your machine doesn't have seam allowance marks, you can put a piece of masking tape on your machine and mark the measurements on the masking tape. Simplicity has a very helpful article about understanding seam allowances here
10.) "Turn pockets to outside, placing inner side edge along placement line; press. Stitch inner side edge of packet in place along previous stitching on rickrack."
So, go ahead and turn your pockets inside out and press the edges flat with your iron. Then stitch the -inner- side edges. The stitching line is marked in red in this photo:
You will stitch over the rickrack again.
Questions, comments, etc- please post them in a comment below. I will be checking them all day to be sure everyone is on track! :)
Tomorrow, is the final day of this sew-a-long Day 3: Finishing (steps 11-19)