Sewing Workshop Kinenbi Top
Before I learned about tracing patterns so this one has the top already trimmed to a size Medium and the pants to a size L.
Another one already trimmed to size M
Both have lots of ease so don't let Medium deter you.
And now a pattern from one sewing friend to another to another....and now to one of you.
Maybe it's cold weather where you are and a new coat is on your project list:
I do have a seasonally sparkly sewing project in my sewing room to wear this weekend but this emergency request came in last week from my cousin three states away. She sent me a text of her wearing an apron/smock asking me if I could make a copy. Since she is a dear cousin and wonderful friend I said sure....and we all know that opens up a can of worms. At first I just thought she wanted a new apron....and I have at least six different apron patterns in my collection.
|"Would you be able to copy this?"|
The apron arrived two days later and one of the things I noticed was that it was most likely sewn from two old sheets. They are very thin but very soft which does make it comfortable to use. She bought it at a charity holiday sale and has a sixties/seventies flowered sheet vibe to it, great way to refashion when bedding is damaged.
|Single button closure.|
First step was to trace it (I used soil separator fabric to start this project.)
|Two layers and front pocket but forgot to take a final picture after sewing the shoulder seams.|
I did spend some time looking at tutorials and youtube videos for cross over apron styles today. This delightful video reminded me how to sew up the apron and sew together the shoulder seams (leave a four inch opening on a side seam....reach through and sew front to back shoulder seam on each side.) This particular video shows an adorable fully reversible child's apron and I bookmarked it for a future gift idea.
There are also lovely Japanese cross over and apron styles and tutorials in the virtual world. I found this sweet site, Felicity Sewing Patterns with patterns for boys and girls and a cross back apron for an adult and child. Crossback apron
I will be working up one or two other variations to send along to my cousin at a later date now that I'm understanding her priorities a bit more. For now, since she is in the midst of holiday cooking and cleaning, I had to get a decent prototype made and in the mail to her pronto. I was working on a deadline to get to the post office so I don't even have a finished picture to share. I'm not thrilled with the final neckline which is most likely a shoulder slope issue as much as the neckline width. But as I explained to her, the first version is often a "wearable muslin" that shows us what changes to make next for "good fabric." As for me, I might go the crossover apron route this year as well. I've made several aprons in past years Simplicity 3701 aprons
and they get plenty of use but just like in all fashion, maybe it's time for a new apron silhouette in my wardrobe.
Here's hoping you are enjoying some sewing challenges in your sewing room. Now it's time for me to get back to that sparkly stuff.