The great british bake off kicks off its new season tomorrow, so with that in mind I switched around a couple of tutorials to bring you this snazzy little number in time for all the baking shenanigans that the programme will no doubt inspire. It’s really simple and the perfect cover up to protect your clothes from all those icing sugar explosions.
So first up, heres what you’ll need:
– Fabric.. Having three different fabrics is completely optional, but I thought I’d go all out with the brights. The Geometric triangles is for the main apron, the teal blue is for bias binding (if you don’t know how to do this, just buy it, its cheap, I just forgot to pick it up & had to improvise) and the coloured cross fabric is for the pocket.
– Tape measure.
– Dressmakers pins.
– Fabric shears.
And here’s what we’ll do:
First cut your fabric. I’m 4 foot eleven & a size 8, this is a comfortable fit on me, I’d advise adding an inch in width per dress size up you go. This is a folded fabric, so the 18″ is actually 9″ folded to make cutting easier.
Next there are a couple of measurements you’ll need to take – the good thing about an apron is it’s not fitted, you can go a little over and it will still be perfectly sized.. with this is mind you can either use my measurements below or measure your own.
5″ is for the chest panel width (Once unfolded will be 10″)
8″ is for the chest panel length.
9″ is for the waist width. (Once unfolded will be 18″)
17″ is from the waist down to how long I want the apron to go.
Once you’ve pinned or marked off your measurements from above, you can cut a nice gradual slope down and around.
So when you open it out, you’ll end up with this.
Now, overlock & hem the top, sides and the bottom – NOT the sloped arm area- You can find out how to do that using just your sewing machine here. Or just use an overlocker & top stitch like I have.
Now, I had to make my own biased Binding today, I’m full of a cold and not super focused so it’s a little tatty, not that it matters, you won’t see the insides anyway. but unless you want a very specific fabric bias binding, I’d always recommend just buying it. It’s so ridiculously cheap and such a quick and easy way to finish an item of. For those that would like to know how to make there own you can either Google it, or wait a few weeks & ill have a quick how to put up.
I ended up with two 45″ length pieces of biase binding, this fits me perfectly with some left over, so anywhere round this will be the perfect amount for most of you. When attaching the binding to your apron, remember to leave your required amount to tie behind your neck before attaching it to the apron. (Mine was 14″) – So I measure 14″ and then started attaching the apron & binding.
Once pinned, sew along the inner edge of the binding (open side) securing it to the edge of your apron.
And then do the same to the other side.
Your Apron is now ready, you can either leave it be or add any trims, frills or pockets. I’m adding a pocket. Here’s how I do that.
First cut your desired pocket size, for some crazy cold in ducked reason I went for a curved bottom pocket, this isn’t the easiest way, but it isn’t that hard either. cut your curve round the bottom.
If you want to attach any trims or folds. you can do that now, heres how I added my contrasted teal fabric.
Once you’ve attached that, you can overlock, zig zag stitch or use pinking shears to prevent fraying around the inside of your pocket. Turn it pattern down, and pinch a little of the fabric over, ironing to press into place.
Now pin your pocket to your apron, and sew to secure.
Easy as that. Now I need to go and make Mischa one, she made me promise to make her a matching one for when we bake. Cutie pie that she is. I’m really excited to settle down and watch the new series of GBBO, that combined with having my new KitchenAid makes me think i’m gunna’ be putting on quite a few pounds over these next few months… Ahh lets call it insulation for the winter.
The little woman pretends.