Drafting a Simple Pattern for an Apron: Guest Post by
Lola from Mamita’s Next Thing
Hi there readers of “Robyn’s View”! My name is Lola and I blog over at “Mamita’s Next Thing”. I am grateful to be here and I hope Robyn’s studies are going well.
Want the apron to cover more in the front?
Or maybe you want it longer or shorter.
*the Collins ruler is clear to help you match up other lines to make right angles or parallel lines.
And a big area to work on (kitchen table)
1. Using your tape measure start by measureing how wide you want the top of your apron to be. Measure at the armpit level on your chest. I’m using 11 inches. Make sure you use whole numbers on all measurements. It will be easier that way.
2. Measure the length you want it to be. Measure from were you want the top of your apron to be to how ever long you want it to be. I’m a petite 5 ft. 1in. tall so I am going to use 32 inches long.
3. Measure the length from were you want the top of the apron to be to your bellybutton. This is about where you will tie your apron in the back. You can go lower if you’d like. I measured 13 inches.
4. Measure your waist at your belly button. Mine was 36 1/2 inches.
Ok, now the fun part. Drafting that pattern.
1. Cut a long pice of paper 6 inches longer than the length of your apron. I cut mine at about 43 inches. Decide were your top will be and label it “top”.
2. With your pencile and long ruler, make a straight line close to a side edge of your paper, using the length measurement of your apron from top to bottom (measurement #2). Mine would be 37 inches. Try to center the line as much as possible. Add three circle clusters on top of the line (the side away form the edge). The circles let you know that you will be placing this edge at the fold.
3. Next we are going to take the width of the top of your apron (measurement #1) and cut it in half. So, my measurement was 11 inches, cut in half is 5 1/2 inches. 5 1/2 is the measurement I am using, yours may be different.
4. Now, using your clear Collins ruler you want to make a right angle at the top of the line you just drew on your paper. Using the clear ruler match up one of the ruler lines at the top of your long line. Draw a line the size of your measurement. Mine was 5 1/2 inches.
Your pattern should look like so. Two lines at a right angle. Write an “A” at this point.
5. On the length line, mark the measurement of the top of your apron to your belly button. Measurement #3. Mine was 13 inches.
7. Using your clear Collins ruler, draw a right angle at the bellybutton mark the same size as your measurement. Write a “B” at this point (see diagram below).
8. Draw a right angled line from Point A to the point B line. Just like the pink line in the diagram. Write a “C” on this angle.
10. Let’s close up the bottom of the apron. Make a right angle line at pint B.
11. Close up the two hanging lines by making a right angle from the fold line.
And you are done with the basic shape of your apron pattern.
Let’s add pockets
In order to properly place them on your apron you need to properly place them on your pattern.
How wide do you want your pocket to be?
How deep do you want your pocket to be?
12. Make a line 4 inches below point “C” using that same line to measure from. I decided I wanted my pocket to be 5 inches wide.
13. Next draw a right angle on that same line making sure that it’s 4 inches from the fold line. You would draw the length you want your pocket depth to be. I chose 6 inches.
14. Go ahead and finish the pocket. Adding dots at each corner about 1/4 inch in and circle them. you will be using a pencil or an awl to mark these points on your fabric to place the pockets.
15. Before you cut out your pattern you want to add the “Grain Line” to it. This tells you how the pattern needs to be positioned on the fabric. And after you put your grain line in you will want to name your pattern. I named this one “Apron A”. Another thing you want to add is how many to cut. the “C/1″ means cut one.
Making the pattern for your pocket
Now lets make that pocket pattern. You can trace the one you made on the pattern and add 1/2 inch seam allowance. Or you can draw a new one up, using the same method we used to mark the pocket on the apron pattern on a separate piece of paper. Then add 1/2 inch seam allowance. For the top of the pocket you want to give your self 1 1/2 inch seam allowance. Add the grain line and Title.
Your patter will look something like this. Go ahead and cut it out.
One more thing
You will need to measure how much bias tape you will need to finish the edges. The side and the top. You already know the measurement of the top, just add 2 inches more to give you enough slack. When you get your measurement for the side of the apron you will want to add 4 inches. You will need to cut two strips.
Measuring at the curve
My Measurements for the rest of the pattern
Bias tape for the side of the apron: cut 2 strips 2″(W) X 48″(L)
Bias tape for top of apron: 1 strip 2″(W) X 13″(L)
Bias tape for ties around the neck
Ties: cut 2 strips 2″(W) X 30″(L) ( you can cut them longer if you’d like)
And that is the end of making your pattern for your apron. I hope you enjoyed making an apron pattern. I hope you will vista my blog soon.
Thank you Robyn for letting me share!
Mamita’s Next Thing: I will be posting how to cut and sew your apron soon. Also how to cut bias tape and how to alter your pattern to make it look different. Many options coming up. So stop by my blog “Mamita’s Next Thing” and sign up for a free email subscription. And go out and get a beautiful piece of fabric for your apron!