Tuesday's Apron - Construction of an Apron

rolls of webbing and twill tape, future apron ties. 

rolls of webbing and twill tape, future apron ties. 

The past two weeks I have been super beyond busy with apron orders and making picnic blankets for the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival that goes all summer long in Prospect Park.  Every free minute I have I am sewing!  So this week for Tuesday's Apron I thought I would share photos from the actual construction of one of my aprons. 

I usually pre-cut the fabric in to the size needed for the apron plus a few extra inches.  All of the fabric gets pre-washed.  Most cotton will continue to shrink, a little bit, so I always pre-wash.  Ironing probably takes the most time.  My mother-in-law gave me a Rowena Professional Steamer which is absolutely  professional.  I love it! Heavy duty and does the job.  After ironing the fabric it will hang on my old school drying rack.  Then it  gets put into a pile at the serger.  Most of the time I will overlock the edges but this does depend on what type of fabric is, sometimes I will construct a clean finish hem,

After serging I start pressing the seams, placing the interfacing in the waistband and inserting the waist ties. This is all done  in one step. 

Pockets are all cut at once and pressed. 

pre cut pockets, waist ties and interfacing for waist bands

pre cut pockets, waist ties and interfacing for waist bands

apron pocket

My designs include a few different style pockets. The above pockets take a little bit longer to make because they are two separate pockets, a larger one for iPads.

denim apron

Here is photo of the finished aprons.  It did feel quite good to ship them off.

Tracey