Thursday, February 12, 2015

Designing an Apron

I really like aprons and there are so many pretty ones to make.
I collect pictures on Pinterest then I go through them and decide which ones might have similar construction methods. I thought some basic gathered skirt aprons might be a good place to start.

I set up my iPad and draw some designs first.

I now have a pretty good idea of how long and how wide to make things so my next step is to go over the drawings in pen so I can scan them into the computer.

I have to take my computer to the printer on the office desk.

I wasn't sure what number this would be so I used 14xx to start with. I knew it was going to be part of my Snugfit range so the first number is 14. You can see my Etsy shop in the background.

While I was doing this my DH was playing with the Klik n Cut. There is a lot of learning to do to make it work for us. He is watching a video on how to emboss aluminium foil.

After scanning in my drawings I vectorise them in Illustrator then print them out and use them to make my samples. If I need to make changes I draw it on the pattern pieces or trace them again onto paper for scanning again.

I think this first one is turning out rather cute.

It is view 1 of maybe 4 that I plan to put into one pattern to publish.

As well as playing with the aprons I am busy updating my Snugfit Elaine Open neck Blouse pattern. There are just a few tweeks required to make it closer to perfect.
I made this cute shirt by following my own instructions so I could check they still make sense long after I wrote them. Checking, improving and updating is one of the things I want to do with my patterns.

Look out for my apron collection in Craftsy soon.

Happy Sewing,