Megan 2 in tree

Apron fun is all about creating a lovely gift for a friend or yourself!

We had a wedding to attend last night. Friends of our son were getting married and I needed something unique and fun to give them. They like quirky things and are both so fun-loving and adorable that I decided aprons were in order!

The bride is a gorgeous young woman and always looks amazing. So a fancy little apron was just the thing.

The pattern is called Urban Chic and can be found at the Seasoned Homemaker. Leslie is a talented seamstress and has many different patterns with instruction for very reasonable prices!  I simply fell in love with this look and knew it would be perfect for the bride.

Megan's fabric

Joann’s Fabrics is my home-away-from-home and shopping in the 100% cotton fabrics is pure joy.  That’s where I picked up this perfect combination of print and color for this project.

The apron was easy to make with Leslie’s clear instructions. My only suggestion would be to make sure the apron is the right size for you.

The bride is a size 4 and average height and the pattern worked well for her body type. If I were making it for my lanky frame I would add a good inch on the top piece and on the skirt, both for length. It’s easy to make the waist area to the max of the pattern or smaller which is great.

I highly recommend making the pattern pieces from muslin or butcher paper first before you cut your fabric. Like my carpenter husband, my mantra is measure twice, cut once!

If you do lengthen it a bit make sure you have enough fabric.

Mike on floor

Well if the bride was going to get a fun little apron then I had to come up with something quirky for the new hubby.

Michael is a creative person who makes films, acts goofy sometimes and is one of the nicest and easy-going people I know.  Of course, I love this old-fashioned cowboy fabric! Why not?

Instead of buying the men’s apron pattern I borrowed a Starbucks apron from my son and traced it, adding seam allowance.  The tie for the neck is not adjustable on my apron, I just matched the length where my son had it set when he wears his and added enough extra to secure it to the apron. There cannot be a lot of difference in that length for most men, it just needs to clear their head and ears :).

Mike pocket 1

The bandanna-like patterned fabric was added to trim the pocket and the top of the apron. Using a serger is great on finishing the raw edges all around the apron. Turning them under and top-stitching makes a nice finished edge. If you don’t have a serger you can you can finish the edge with a zigzag stitch.

Leslie’s instructions from the woman’s apron are useful in making the men’s as well.  Not only for the edge finish but in adding the coordinating fabric to the top of this apron and on the pocket as well. Making the ties and attaching them are similar too, just narrower.

Jackson

I made one of these Starbucks-style aprons for my son. He wanted flowers, so he got flowers and loves it. This picture was taken by his girlfriend at our home when we gave him the apron. He was all smiles (and so handsome!).

Aprons are not difficult to make and are a wonderful way to share your skill and creativity with those you love. It’s special to give something homemade with love. Once you do that, make on for yourself!

Best wishes!

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