Monday, August 16, 2010
Vintage Apron Sew-a-Long Day 3: Finishing
Today, we will finish our apron by following steps 11-19. When your apron is complete, please send me a pic of you wearing it so I can post it here on Va-Voom Vintage for everyone to see! If you have a blog or other website let me know so I can post a link too.
Okay, are we ready? Let's do this!....
Step 11.)"Pin rickrack 1/4" )6mm) above lower edge of apron, turning ends to inside at sides. Stitch in place."
This is just like when you pinned the rickrack to the pockets the other day. When complete, it will look like this:
Step 12.)"Pin Interfacing 3 to -wrong- side of waistband 3, having edges even; baste." Remember, the wrong side, the side without print. When you baste, use your longest stitch length. To stitch these two pieces together, you will be pivoting the fabric just like you did in step one. Keep that needle down in the fabric when you turn it.
Step 13.) "Turn in seam allowance on long unnotched edge of waistband. Press."
The seam allowance for this pattern is 5/8 inch (1.5 cm). Fold it over 5/8 inch and press it flat with your iron. Lay it so that the raw edge is facing your apron, like this
Step 14.) Pin waistband to upper edge of apron, matching symbols. Adjust gathers; baste. Stitch. Trim. Press seam toward waistband." Now, flip the waistband upside down, so that it is laying on your apron, with raw edges together. Pin the waistband to the apron, beginning at the center, adjusting the gathers as you work out to the edge. Try to make the gathers as even as possible all the way across.
When the gathers are even, stitch across the waistband like this:
Next, press the raw seam towards the waistband like this:
Step 15.) "With -right- sides together, fold each tie ends 4 section along foldline. Stitch, leaving end with large circles open."
So, grab those tie ends and fold them with the -right- side together (side with pattern/color) I pressed mine flat to make it easier on me.
Stitch the tie ends, leaving the flat edge open.
Step 16.) "Turn right side out; press. Baste raw edges together. "
Turning the tie ends right side out can be a pain in the butt sometimes. If you have problems turning it right side out, you can use something long and thin like a chopstick to help push the fabric through the tube. When you "baste the raw edges together" just sew a straight line on the open edge of each tie end. Use your longest stitch length.
17.) "Pin the ends to ends of waistband, matching large circles and having raw edges even. Baste. "
Pin the flat ends of the tie ends to the apron, as pictured below and baste.
18.) Turn waistband to outside along foldine over ties. Stitch ends. Trim.
Take the tie ends and fold them over in an "x" shape like this, just to get them out of your way. Fold the waistband in half as pictured below. Stitch the open ends of the waistband (flat edges on each side):
19.) Turn waistband right side out, press. Slipstitch pressed edge over seam.
Slip stitching is a VERY valuable skill to learn, which is one of the reasons why I picked this apron to start. If you know how to slip stitch, you can lengthen your vintage skirts and dresses (by letting out the hem) or you can shorten them. You will slip stitch with a hand sewing needle. I found this helpful video for learning
You did it! Your apron is now complete! Like I mentioned, please do send pics of you in your completed apron to me at email@example.com. I will post them here on Va-Voom Vintage next Thursday for everyone to see how great you did!