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InstructionsI don't need another apron, so I traced off a pattern from a pinafore my daughter has and enlarged it so she will have one for next year. It's a one-piece, fully lined A-line dress with straps that cross over at the back. I drew lines on the front fabric in a curve to echo the hem, and used my sewing machine to attach the ruffles along the curves rather than flatlocking.
Type of item: Costume
Style: Cute, Funky, Casual, Retro / Vintage
polycotton remnants in black, green, blue, purple, red, orange; threads, overlocker, snaps
What was your inspiration?
The Ombr Rufffled Apron is pretty, but I knew I'd never make it gift-quality first try, and I don't need another apron, so I decided to make a ruffled pinafore instead.
What are you most proud of?
Making something cute and useful and using up some of the stash!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make the last ruffle sit ABOVE the hem - it's really hard to deal with the loose ends of the ruffles neatly when four are in the seam allowance and one is not - I pinned it out of the way while sewing the lining on, then had to handstitch it to make it sit in the triangle shape to look as though it fits the curve of the dress. I also cut my threads off one of the ruffles to early and had the unsecured ends unravel - if only it hadn't been the very top one! So my advice is, don't trim any thread tails until they are in their final resting place and stitched down firmly!