Stitch a Chef Apron
These directions are my ‘new and improved’ techniques to create a well-sewn classic Chef Apron. I have used the pattern pieces from the McCalls 5358 (2007). Honestly, it amazes me how very minimal the included directions are for a simple project like this chef apron – a great gift for anyone! Especially, since this project looks like one perfect for a new sewer, I found the poor directions to be disappointing. Sew… I have written new and complete directions in order to prepare for teaching this as a project for my Young Sewers (age 9 and up) class. Skills taught in these directions include learning how to: create a continuous binding, apply bias binding that looks good on the front AND the back, create smooth edges and how to secure corners on a patch pocket that will get hard use.
McCall’s 2947 seems to be the new edition of the same pattern. I wonder if the directions are the same….
Fabric: I strongly recommend a heavier home-dec type fabric with ample body for this project (though not as heavy as a jeans-type denim.) All cotton will make the bias shaping respond easily to shaping. Prints will camouflage stitching more than solids.
54” or 60” fabric: 1 3/8 yard
45” fabric: 1 1/2 yard PRESHRINK THE FABRIC!!!
Lighter Weight Fabrics: Add fusible woven interfacing for the Front Upper edge and to ‘beef up’ the entire Pocket, or at least the upper edge of the Pocket. 1/4 yard would be enough.
Thread: the thread will show everywhere – so take care when selecting the color.
Cardboard – to cut a template for the pocket and a 3/4” template for tie pressing.
Pattern pieces define the cutting. You are cutting one Pocket, one Binding on the bias, and one Front – on the fold.
Finish Front Upper Edge
If using a lighter weight fabric, fuse fusible interfacing to the upper edge – it should be 1 1/4” wide.
1. Press 1/4” to the wrong side at the top edge. Stitch with a wide zigzag stitch.
2. Stitch right along the folded edge from the wrong side to secure it in place.
Prepare & Attach Patch Pocket
To see the magic of a cardboard pocket template, watch the beginning of the video on my YouTube Channel: Patch Pocket Magic. I’ll add this video at the end of this post, or you can find it at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7BlIIrfh24&t=37s
1. Cut a cardboard template to the FINISHED SIZE of the Pocket – so that means withOUT the upper facing part and withOUT the side and lower 5/8” seam allowances. I do this by first carefully marking the 5/8” seam allowance on the sides and lower edges of the pattern piece. Lay the pattern piece on top of a piece of cardboard (like the back of a desk calendar) and ‘draw’ along the seam LINE with a tracing wheel or even a kitchen table knife.
Interface upper edge/entire pocket with fusible interfacing if using a lighter weight fabric.
2. Press under 1/4” at the upper edge to the wrong side. Zig zag.