With the big holiday weekend coming up, I thought it would be a great time to get all our supplies gathered for our apron sew-a-long. I know many of you might prefer something more frilly and girly, but honestly because this is supposed to be a beginning sewing project, I picked a very simple apron style. I want everyone who participates to be successful and be excited about what they made.
You actually have two choices. If you have a Hancock Fabrics nearby, the McCall’s patterns will be on sale this weekend for 99 cents. Or if you don’t, I found an alternative that is the McCall’s Easy Stitch n’ Save pattern (regularly $2.99 low priced which you can buy at Joann’s, Hancock, Wal-Mart, etc). The Easy Stitch n’ Save patterns are the same pattern with only a limited number of views. Either way, you’ll be working with the same pattern.
The first choice is McCall’s 2947 ~ view F. Click on the link and you’ll be able to see the line drawing - it’s the basic one with the neck ties the model is wearing. This will be the one on sale this weekend for 99 cents.
The second choice is McCall’s 5358 ~ view C (the ones at the bottom of the picture). This one is everyday low priced at $2.99 and is not in the pattern drawers, instead it’s usually on some sort of large rack or wall display. If you can’t find the Easy Stitch n’ Save patterns just ask a store employee.
From looking at the information on the McCall’s website, both patterns are one size fits most. You will need 1 3/8 yards of 45″ wide fabric or 1 1/4 yards of 60″ wide fabric. Most fabrics you’ll pick will be 45″ wide. Denim is typically 60″ wide, but novelty prints and quilting cottons are 45″ wide. You can find the fabric width on the end of the bolt and when in doubt, ask a store employee for help. The envelope suggests Cotton and Cotton Blends • Chintz • Gingham • Calico • Canvas • Denim • Polished Cotton for fabric choices. And remember, all this information is on the back of the pattern envelope if you forget while you’re at the store.
So get your engines started sewers, we’re going to sew an apron! We’ll start this in a few weeks. What I plan to do, is post step-by-step and then you can follow along. It will take a few posts to get the apron completed so no one gets overwhelmed by too much going on. One last thing, don’t forget to get thread and needles for your machine when you’re at the fabric store and also please prewash your fabric. If you have any questions, post a comment so I can address it. Hopefully I’m not forgetting anything obvious. Have a great Memorial Weekend – I hope you all get to enjoy some nice weather!