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Retro Aprons – Review

November 17, 2010

Filed under: Jenny,Product Reviews,Sewing — admin @ 1:25 am

My first project is complete, and I am quite happy with the outcome!  I made an apron from Retro Aprons by Cindy Taylor Oates, and used some great new fabric from the Giselle line from Red Rooster Fabric that we carry in the store.  by Cindy Taylor Oates

This was a good project for me, a beginner with experience.  I don’t think this would be a great project for an absolute beginner, unless they had someone nearby able to offer some guidance when necessary.  I had to call my mum a couple of times for clarification, mainly on the binding and to learn why to cut it on the bias.  For beginners like me - the bias is the diagonal of the fabric, and it stretches more than the vertical or horizontal grain of the fabric making it much easier to conform to the curved edges of the apron.  Although I’m trying to learn how to follow a pattern, I did make a couple of small changes to the pocket.  I moved it about two inches lower and omitted the seam down the middle of the pocket.  I left out the seam simply because I prefer to have a bigger “pouch” to work with in the kitchen, and I moved it lower because I have long arms so it’s just more comfortable for me there.  Do be aware that there is one small mistake with the pocket – the directions call it “pocket” and “pocket lining,” while the pattern calls it “upper” and “lower pocket.”  In reality, they are the same thing.  Also, I cut the binding using a “continuous bias” technique that my mum told me about.  Not only was this way easier than piecing it together like the pattern suggested, but it also made matching up the stripes super simple.  I loved it so much that I think I’ll have to do a seperate post explaining how to do this technique! 

This was a fun project and the apron would make a great gift for someone, so I may in fact repeat the project at least once.  There are, however, a couple of things that I will do differently next time.

  1. I am quite short-waisted, meaning that my waist is very high on my body leaving me with long legs.  Because of this, I will shorten the straps if I make this again for myself.  I always have to shorten the straps on tops, so I should have clued in to this when making this the first time! 
  2. I had quite a hard time turning the ties right side out.  I spent a good half hour fishing a safety pin up each tie and working them down!  Before I make this again I’m going to have to invest in a Fasturn set, which will come in handy with a few other upcoming projects anyways.  You can see what they are at:

Overall, I highly recommend this pattern.  It gave me a super-cute apron, and the directions were relatively easy to follow.  I give it four stars out of five.

Just for fun ;)

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