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Monday, November 21, 2011

An apron from a men's dress shirt

What is that saying? "Necessity is the mother of invention"?

A while back, I bought several men’s dress shirts with the idea that I would turn them into shirt dresses for my kids.  Didn’t happen.  But that was to my benefit this time, as I really needed an apron for my craft fair that I had signed up for to promote my business. Here’s what I came up with for my aprons.  It was fairly simple, just seam rip carefully.

They would have turned out even better, if I had a surger.  But as I am currently borrowing a machine, I do not. 

I have no step by step pictures, but, I can give you a basic run down.

Remove sleeves, being careful not to make holes as you do so. Remove the cuffs, and open up sleeves by taking out the stitching up the arm.  Lay one on top of the other until you like the length and shape you get (buttons on cuff should be up by the waist line.)  Remove back.  Cut back into strips for the tie backs and waist band.  Waist band can be made out of another fabric like I did with this one.  Gather shoulders, tuck each neatly under the collar, sew in place.  Pin skirt (sleeves) to the halter you’ve created sew in place, cover messy area you’ve created with band and tie backs.  Ta da.  Over simplified maybe, but you get the general idea.
Make a fabric flower, I used the cuff for leaves.

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