Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Apron from Men's Shirt

I have to give credit where credit is due. While surfing through the endless pages of Pinterest I came across a post of an apron made out of an old men;s button down shirt. If you click on the picture it will bring you to the board I used as my inspiration.

upcycled t shirt ideas | Upcycled Apron made from Men's Dress Shirts by DontBlameTheBacon:
This got me to thinking, I can easily make one of my own and see how it turns out. I am all about the up-cycled product and finding good uses for forgotten things that are no longer being used.

I have a shirts I am going to work with that is a very good quality fabric it's nice and thick, it feels almost like a canvass so I am going to choose that one for my base for sure. How can you expect something to protect your clothing if it is too is out unless I use a backing.

So step one was to iron my shirt, they have been sitting in a box for a while waiting for me to decide what to do with them. My husband and I are moving (hopefully soon) to a new home as soon as we find one that we like and I have lots of things packed away so I don't have to rush and get it all done in a day. So this shirt will now have a new life if all works out.

Next I cut the sleeves off.

After that, I searched the internet for a few measurements and found this:


Size NameWaist SizeHip SizeLength
x-small26" - 27"33" - 34"19"
small28" - 29"35" - 36"19"
medium30" - 31"37" - 38"20"
M232" - 33"39" - 40"20"
large34" - 35"41" - 42"21"
L236" - 37"43" - 44"21"
x-large38" - 39"45" - 46"22"
2X40" - 41"47" - 48"22"
3X42" - 43"49" - 50"23"
This chart is great for the next time I do an apron, but as a first timer, I am going to use my sleeves as is and work with them to make my life a little easier. I cut the seams out of my sleeves and sewed the two pieces together.

Next I cut out two pieces of contrasting color for my apron strings, I like mine long so mine were cut 88 inches long by 3.5" for the width.

I sewed the two pieces together and pressed them then I connected them to the top of my apron

I have to say, I do like the little button detail that was on the sleeve, I saved it and incorporated into my apron and it gave it a little vintage look.  I made sure all of my seams were clean, all of my hems were sewn and I had no loosey goosey strings hanging around.

This is my final result.

I am definitely going to make more aprons and try some new styles, but if you are like me, you want to try everything at once and forget about all of the rules. Don't be afraid, I had fun and the entire project took about 2 hours with all of the planning, changing ideas, figuring out attachments and so on, but I think the next one will really take less than an hour now that I know what I'm doing.

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