Picking up where I left off during the Everyday Apron Sew Along~ Day 3 , I would like to start today with how to attach the front bodice and full bodice lining since the pattern only includes instructions for a quarter bodice lining necessary for attaching straps.
After attaching the neckties as instructed in the pattern in Step 7, for a fully lined bodice, Skip Step 8. Instead you will line up the two bodice pieces RST and use a 3/4 inch seam allowance to compensate for the double fold that is done in the pattern instructions. Once you have stitched the two sides together, trim the excess fabric to reduce the bulk. Then turn the finished bodice RSO.
* You can use a 3/8 seam for the bodice to give a little more width for the fully lined option.
*For the dolly apron bodice, the process is the same as above.
Below is the back view of the fully lined bodice I am doing for the Everyday Sew Along Event:
Remember at the end of Everyday Apron Sew Along~ Day 3 , I was still mulling over which applique` layout I wanted to use. This is the one I decided on:
What do you think? I love it! I used Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron - On Adhesive to secure the both the typewriter and the typewriter key fabric squares both from the Northcott LetteErPresS Collection.
Now on to the Steps for Day 4!
1. Bias Bind the Skirt
Before adding the bias binding, Cathie, one our pattern group members suggested using a zig zag stitch to secure the pockets even more, especially for the girls version. Cathie sewed up 12 of the Girls Everyday Aprons in celebration of a trip to the American Girl store for her granddaughters and their close friends! Read more about that here.
So the zig-zag stitch is a great idea but not necessary. If you are making these for a child or even yourself, I highly recommend adding this to the pocket before adding the bias binding.
Next, Pin and Stitch the bias to the sides and bottom edge Side/Front Skirt Panes and the bottom of the center Front Skirt Panel.
Sorry for the angled pic, I had to stand on my dining room table to take a picture of all three panels together to get them all in view. I have dogs and kids the capturing the panels on the floor was NOT an option! Anyone know what I mean?
2. Assemble the Skirt
I like to stitch from the bottom of the panels to the top just to make sure everything lines up correctly. Stitch both Side Skirt Pockets to the Center Skirt Panel as instructed in the pattern.
The Dolly Skirt Pockets and Center Panel are done the same as the Everyday Apron Set for Women and Girls.
3. Add Waistband to the Skirt
The Everyday Apron Set for Women and Girls as well as Handmaiden's Cottage Patterns that use a gathering method, provides tips for gathering in the instructions.
After the gathering is finished, attache the waistband as in Step 11.
One last thing, don't forget to enlist you best helper to take care of those gathering stitches!
That's all for today! We are going to spend a couple days catching up on the Everyday Apron Sew Along Event.
I hope to see you back here on Monday!