Lawn (Chap. I, Par. 23).
1 1/4 yards lawn. Thread No. 90. Needle No. 8.
As there are so many uses for small aprons, it is very desirable to have several of them. A small apron can be worn many times when a large apron would be inappropriate; it is indispensable when preparing a chafing dish supper; it protects the sewing when doing any kind of needle work, and may be worn when preparing or serving a simple meal.
The material used in making a small apron should be dainty. Lawn, organdie, dimity, fine muslin or soft mercerized white goods of any kind is satisfactory. The delicate colored, sheer wash materials are also very popular for this purpose.
Earlier in this book a sewing apron is suggested. It is made in a very simple way while the apron suggested in this lesson embodies most of the principles employed in making any apron which is set on a band. It will serve as a foundation from which to develop almost any style of fancy apron.
A Sewing Course, Woolman. Teachers' College, N. Y. Cotton from Fiber to Fabric, Posselt, Vo. IX.
No. 1. This apron is made with three gores joined with lapped seams. The slightly curved hem is set on with embroidery insertion.
No. 2. This apron shows a combination of white and a dainty colored material in a one piece apron with a bib. The colored material is cut to fit the outside edge of the apron and scalloped as you see in the illustration.
No. 4. This model is much like the one described in this lesson. It is more elaborate with lace trimming and hand embroidery.
Straighten one end of the material (Chap. II, Par. 102). On one selvage edge measure down 24 1/2" (the length of the apron plus the hem). Draw a thread crosswise and cut on the line. The strings and band are to be made from the remaining material. Measure out 4" the width of one string. Draw a thread lengthwise. From the line formed, measure out again on the same edge 4", the width of the other string; draw a thread lengthwise. From the line formed measure out 21/4" for the band. Cut on the lines and pin together the pieces for the strings so they will not be mislaid.
As this apron is to be made the width of the material, the selvage edges may be used for the edges of the apron. As it is not gored it is necessary to gather it across the top to make it fit properly.
Before gathering, mark the center of one end, with a pin, call this the top. Gather one edge of the material (Chap. II, Par. 141), draw up the gathers until the top of the apron measures about 16" wide. Find the center of the band by laying the two ends together, crease on the fold; lay this crease on the center crease of the apron; pin and baste one edge of the band to the top edge of the apron, turning the seams toward the right side. (This will be stitched on the sewing machine after the strings have been basted into the ends of the band.) Turn in the raw edges on the ends and the unstitched edge of the band; fold the band over the gathers just beyond the first stitching; pin, baste carefully in place. This is to be stitched with the sewing machine after the ends of the strings are basted in the band.
Turn a narrow hem (about 1/8" wide on each long edge), baste and stitch on the sewing machine (Chap. II, Par. 164) or hem by hand (Chap. II, Par. 114). On one end of each string turn a 1/2" hem; baste and stitch or hem in place. To set the strings into the band, lay two or three pleats in the unhemmed end of each string to make it just fit inside the opening at the ends of the band.
Place the pleated end of one string inside one end of the band about 1/4" and baste in place; insert the other string in like manner.
Stitch with the sewing machine on the right side, entirely around the edge of the band.
Make a hem 5" wide at the bottom of the apron. If you desire the apron longer, make the hem narrower, or if you would like it shorter, make the hem wider. Baste the hem in place with even basting and stitch in place with the sewing machine. Overhand the open edges of the hem together (Chap. II, Par. 109). This hem may be finished with hemstitching (Chap. II, Par. 115 or 116) or with featherstitching (Chap. II, Par. 121) on the right side.