I came across this great pattern years ago and made one (see post from 2012) and figured recently it would make a great gift as well! Luckily, I was on the ball this time and made sure to snap some pics along the way!
Start off with printing, taping and cutting the pattern. Iron fabric and pin the pattern to the fabric (on the fold where necessary)Cut out two of each fabric of the pocket pieces. Iron flat and lay so that each of the “right” sides are facing each other:
Stitch together (leaving the necessary seam allowance), leaving space to turn the pocket right side out. (I like to leave an inch or so, cause it makes it a lot easier). Clip notches in the corners. (helps it lay flat later)
Turn each pocket ride side out, iron flat, and finish with a top stitch each pocket in corresponding thread along JUST the top edge so you’re left with one pocket in each of the different fabrics.
Pin the pocket to the opposite fabric apron front (twice). I like to hold the fabric on myself as if it was done, then pin the pocket where I’d like it. The first time I just pinned it on, and they ended up being a little crooked… alas. Then sew it on! Being sure not to get too carried away and sew the top of the pocket shut (Yes, I almost did that once…no judgement)
After doing that to both pieces of apron fabrics place both large pieces together with the “right” sides facing each other. Pin together making sure to line up the scallops along the bottom edge. Sew edges and bottom together with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving the top open for now. I tend to really make the scallops a lot more dramatic than the pattern shows, so don’t be afford to make the seam further in on each scallop around the skirt.
Clip notches where each scallop is, turn and press (this will take a long time, and try and really take care in the scallops as it will pay off later!). Top stitch in corresponding colours the sides and bottom of the skirt, leaving the top open.
Do a gathering stitch across the top (one or two rows on a really really loose tension stitch), then take ends and pull slightly to “gather” the top of the skirt. Be sure not to pull too much. TIP: I find it helps too if you have the waist band and ties already cut to try and measure against.
Cut your band and ties (two bands, one in each colour and same with the ties.) NOTE: I ended up using a different purple fabric for the ties because I wanted to add a bit more flare to it.
Lay both waist band pieces together (“right” sides together), and sew along the top only. Place one edge along the top of the now gathered skirt (making sure your skirt isn’t gathered too much or too little), again “right” sides together and sew along one edge of the skirt. See photo:
Next make your two ties. Cut from fabric, either all in one colour, or you can continue making it the opposite/corresponding colours. Totally up to you.
So, cut the ties, lay “right” sides together and sew along side, top and side, leaving the base of the tie open. Turn right side out, and iron flat. (DON’T top stitch yet…)
The last step is the trickiest, and I won’t lie, it took me a couple minutes just staring at the fabric to try and figure it out. So don’t worry if it takes you a minute or ten.
OKAY, place place skirt and the one sided attached waist band in front of you with the right side of the waist band opened and facing upwards. Place ONE of the ties alongside the right side of the waist band with the long end of the tie facing into the middle of the skirt. (this was the complicated part…see Photo). Sew the raw edges together. Repeat the same thing on the other side and then turn the ties out, and fold the waist band back. Its a bit of a flipping action. Like turning it right side out.
Final step is press the edge into the other side of the waist band that isn’t sewn in yet (using same seam allowance and pinning). Then top stitching along the ENTIRE top of the completed apron (waist band and ties). So starting near where the waist band meets one of the ties, go all the way around the tie, back to the waist band and then all the way across the to the other tie etc. Being sure to watch that last seam on the waist band to make sure it doesn’t get wonky.
ALAS, you’re done!!!