Since I started sewing, I had a couple of requests for aprons as Christmas presents. I will again be using the Sew Simple Simplicity 1971 Reversible Apron Pattern. Since I have made this pattern before, I feel comfortable giving it as a gift. I have managed to successfully sew the neck ties, side ties and pockets, so I have definitely made some progress in sewing. But to my horror, one of these requests was for a black and white checkered apron, which means… GEOMETRIC FABRIC! Thus far, my entire sewing repertoire has revolved around abstract, non-directional fabrics which don’t show errors in cutting and placement. Cutting accuracy is not one of my strong points. I can’t seem to fold selvage to selvage properly, which puts me at a frustrating disadvantage.
Since I am an extremely slow sewer, I had to get started on these aprons right away! For my first apron, I started straightaway with the only checkered fabric I could find. Its a basic quilting cotton. I am a little worried about the stark black and white showing every little bit of cooking mess, but oh well. I tried to stay true to the checkered fabric request on the front side of the reversible apron. I bought plenty of fabric so I had enough fabric to recut the contrast sections to help get a better alignment.
I rotated the fabric 90 degrees for the contrast trim on the pocket and the contrast trim on the apron band. I tried to align the pocket print with the main fabric,and I am pretty pleased with the result. Yes, if you are looking for errors in the fabric alignment you will find plenty. I am hoping that the hypnotic quality of the checkered print will lull viewers into a state of mute compliance, so they won’t criticize the quality of the construction.
My second apron was also intended as a gift… unfortunately I was not happy with how it turned out so I will be keeping it. I accidentally twisted the neck strap, so it does not lie flat. The fabric is a fun bright pink, but I think that other people might prefer a more traditional apron. The size is a bit big for me, but I am happy to keep it and wear it to clean and do dishes.
I was still determined to make one more apron as a gift. After what seemed like hours of wandering the fabric store, I finally found some apron-appropriate fabric that coordinates. If the fabric store stocks mainly quilting cotton, then why does none of it coordinate?
A major benefit to my checkered apron was that it introduced me to geometric fabric. Although that apron didn’t turn out perfect, it wasn’t the huge disaster that I had been expecting. This gave me the confidence to consider buying another linear fabric pattern for the next apron, thus expanding my fabric choices by a lot! I settled on a blue/red/orange fruit pattern with a coordinating blue rectangle pattern. I am happy to say that though going slow and careful measurements, this apron turned out to be acceptable for a gift!