|Ruffled Girl-ie Girl Apron with Pink Satin and Lace.|
Here is a list of materials and fabrics needed for this project:
Apron bib, 1/2 yd. 45" wide fabric, I used a pink and white tiny floral pattern with green leaves on a white lightweight cotton.
Four skirt tiers, 1/2 yd. 45" wide fabric, I used pink tulips on a white background cotton for tier #1, pink floral stripe cotton for tier #2, cream colored lace for tier #3, and wide pink striped cotton for tier #4.
Fabric for the apron top lining and the apron skirt lining: 1 1/4 yd. white lightweight cotton.
Fabric for the neck ties, waist band, and waist ties: 3/4 yd. 45" wide fabric, I used a pink nubby cotton satin.
1/2 yd. jumbo ric rac trim for the top edge of the apron, I used deep pink.
All purpose thread
Iron and Ironing board
Needle and thread
1. From the fabric selected for the apron bib cut one rectangle 13" wide x 11" high.
2. From the fabric you are using for the waist and ties cut eight strips 3" x 44".
3. From the fabric you are using for the lining cut one piece 13" wide x 11" high for the bib and one rectangle 27" wide x 22" high for the skirt.
4. For the four skirt ruffles or tiers cut as follows:
1st tier one rectangle 27" wide x 7" high.
2nd tier one rectangle 45" wide x 7" high.
3rd tier one rectangle 45" wide x 10" high.
4th tier one rectangle 45" wide x 10" high.
|Pivoting gives a pretty end for the ties.|
When you reach the first corner pivot and make a diagonal turn crossing the full width until you are 1/2" from the other side and continue stitching to the end of the second long edge. STOP. Do Not close the end. Turn the ties right side out and press. Repeat the process on a second pair to form the straps/ties for the top of the bib of the apron.
|Sew the two 3" ends together with the right sides facing then press the seam open.|
|A charcoal marking pencil is handy.|
|A sewing guide comes in handy here.|
Place the bib and the bib lining fabrics together right sides facing. Measure 2" in from each top corner and mark. Do not sew the 2" openings as this is where you will insert the ties for the neck. Sew the area inside the two places you have left open on top of the stitching you used to attach the ric rak. Turn and press. Pin the neck ties in the openings leaving a 2" overlap inside the opening. Close the side seams and press. Top stitch the sides and top to finish.
|Here is half an apron!|
On the skirt lining panel, the 2nd tier panel, the 3rd tier panel, and the 4th tier panel: make a 1/4" double turn hem along the sides and bottom edge. To do this, fold in the raw edge 1/4" and press. Then, fold 1/4" again and press Stitch in place close to the fold, making sure to encase the 1/4" hem as you sew.
On the 1st tier panel make a 1/4" double turn hem along the SIDE EDGES ONLY.
When I make gathers I sometimes prefer to hand baste and I found this to be true here. So prepare a needle and thread by running your length of thread through bees wax. If you are not familiar with this you can usually purchase at any sewing supply store. The bees wax does a terrific job of keeping the thread from knotting as you sew.
|I like to hand baste for short lengths of gathers using a double thread and making big running stitches.|
Flip over to the backside and press the seam allowances up towards the top of the raw edge of the 1st tier.
Pin the gathered edge of the 4th tier to the skirt lining panel so the top of the gathered panel is 15 1/2" below the top raw edge of the lining. The edges of the tier should be centered and SET IN 1" from each hemmed edge of the lining panel.
Sew this gathered tier to the skirt lining panel with a 1/4th " top stitch.
Pin the gathered edge of the 3rd tier to the skirt lining panel so the gathered edge is 9 1/2" below the top raw edge of the skirt lining panel. As above, the edges of the tier should be centered and set in 1" from each hemmed edge of the lining panel.
Sew this gathered tier to the underskirt panel with a 1/4" top
stitch. The bottom edge of the 3rd tier should hide the top sewn edge of the 4th tier by about 3" or so.
|This finished side is the left and the right side is flipped to show the seam pressed up.|
Sew together along the top with a 1/4" top stitch.