Apron Progress: Adjusting and Sewing the Ties

March 4th, 2012 at 7:05 am . Posted in Sewing Projects .

As you know, my current sewing project is a cute apron roughly based on Butterick’s See & Sew B5125, but greatly changed to be (1) much smaller than its smallest size and (2) reversible. Given the latter, the apron ties now have to look pretty from both sides.

So instead of sewing a narrow hem around the edges of the ties for the waist, like the pattern calls for, I needed to take another tack. I could have made all the ties by folding them in half and sewing inside out, as the pattern suggests for the smaller ones, but it could be difficult to turn these right-side out again, and my mom showed me a neat alternative.

First I pinned the very edges down all the way around each tie (except, of course, for the unfinished side that will be sewn into the apron), making sure to keep the head of the pins on the right side of the fabric.

I folded these in half and pinned the sides together vertically, then removed the original horizontal pins from each side so they didn’t destroy my sewing machine.

For the ties, I’m pretty sure the pinning process took longer than the sewing itself, but happily pinning like this is something that can be done here and there when I have time and even while doing other things (like re-watching episodes of Modern Family on DVD).

When I did finish pinning and took to the sewing machine, I found that sewing thin strips of fabric like this is harder than it looks.

My stitches actually went off the edge of the fabric a couple times, but after ripping out some seams and feeling pretty discouraged for awhile, I was able to come back to the machine and finish sewing all four ties.

Even from my perfectionist eye, the ties looked very good when I finished them, and I definitely regained a bit of sewing confidence.

There are lots of sewing bloggers who have oodles of stylish finished projects — beautiful dresses, adorable bags and totes, and plenty of other cute things — but I like to hope I’m not the only one who’s finding learning to sew to be tricky in the beginning. Because for me, sewing is hard.

Do you have stories of ripping out seams but ending up with a gem of a finished project? Encouraging advice is welcome!

6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. kaitui_kiwi
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Ohh I am a bit of an apron addict, I love a new apron or apron pattern 🙂

    I don’t know why most sewing patterns tell you to sew teeny tiny tubes inside-out and then turn them through, it’s nearly impossible and if often makes pressing them too hard as well. Sometimes (ok, almost always) I cheat too, by sewing them how your mum told you 😉 When you get a bit more practised you can just press the raw edges to the inside and use less pins, guiding with your hand as you sew.


  2. Katherine
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    Hahaha, you’ve actually been nominated for two blog awards. 🙂 Check out the kreativ blog award here: http://lifewitharie.com/2012/03/05/thanks-everyone-awards-from-our-favorite-blogging-fellows/


    • Kelly
      Mar 07, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

      Thank you ma’am! I feel so lucky today 😀


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