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Here's an unusual thing.  An apron with only one edge.  And one hole.

The nice thing about it is, you don't have to tie it.  You just put it on.  I like the broader shoulder straps and the fact that it's not hanging around the back of your neck.  Plus it kind of drapes nicely.  It's almost a dress really.







 
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Step 1: Materials

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sewing machine
1-1/2 yard of fabric (~58" wide)
thread
scissors
chalk
printer

Step 2: Print out the pattern pieces

Print out the 24 attached images on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper

How to print out the pattern pieces from Chrome:



How to print out the pattern pieces from Firefox:

go to "about:config"
set browser.enable_automatic_image_resizing == false



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How to print on A4 or other larger sized sheets of paper

Download each image in it's 'ORIGINAL' size. You can do this by clicking once on the image, then again to get to the image downloads page. From there select 'ORIGINAL size'. Right click and download the image. Print using the software of your choice without resizing the image. The original images are sized to 8.5 x 11, so if you are printing on A4, there will be a small segment of the paper that will remain blank.

Step 3: Assemble the pattern

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lay out the pieces and tape them together.  cut out the pattern shape.

Step 4: Cut the fabric

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Lay the pattern shape along a folded length of fabric as shown.

Trace around the edges with chalk

Cut the pattern out of the cloth.

Step 5: Sew opposite shoulders together

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Right sides together, sew the shoulder seams together as illustrated.

Step 6: One giant hem

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Get ready to sew the largest hem you've ever made on a garment. 

Start somewhere, fold over a half inch of cloth or so and sew that to be the hem. 

You can just keep sewing all the way around the whole thing until you come back to where you started without stopping!

To make the hem lay flatter, you can top stitch it again a little farther out.




Blue Rose2 months ago
I love this apron and plan to make one soon. Unfortunately I don't have access to letter size paper (8x11.5"), we only have A4 here. Printing on that will distort the pattern?
Author, could you export the pattern on A4 paper please?
foobear (author)  Blue Rose2 months ago

Download each image in it's 'ORIGINAL' size. You can do this by
clicking once on the image, then again to get to the image downloads
page. From there select 'ORIGINAL size'. Right click and download the
image. Print using the software of your choice without resizing the
image. The original images are sized to 8.5 x 11, so if you are
printing on A4, there will be a small segment of the paper that will
remain blank.

Blue Rose foobear2 months ago

Thanks foobear, I will be back with pictures :D

watchmeflyy9 months ago

This is ingenious!

sci511 months ago

This exactly what I have bee looking for. I may add deep pockets, make one for working outside, one for painting, one for science lab!

foobear (author)  sci511 months ago
sounds awesome! please post photos if you do it!
grannyjones2 years ago
Brilliant!
I've got to make mine!
foobear (author)  grannyjones1 year ago

Show us a picture if you make it!

sandycraig02 years ago
This is great. I'm a wheelchair user and this will be a perfect overdress for me because I don't need to worry about trying to get material under my bottom. I can put it on in a seated position. Also I can have a quick top clothes layer change when I inevitably spill something on my lap. Also great for careers and people who struggle with zips and buttons. Thank you.
foobear (author)  sandycraig01 year ago

Thank you!

Dr. P2 years ago
I love this! Your photo sequence is helpful to those of use missing the part of the brain that controls mirror images, crown molding cutting, and mobius stuff. (It took me a while to figure out how to put the apron on. Duh.)
foobear (author)  Dr. P1 year ago

hehe. I know what you mean about putting it on. I could not find the right words to explain it. The first time I put it on was easy. Then a few times after that I got confused. Then I finally figured it out.

DeeRilee2 years ago
I have a suggestion....by using a felled seam at the shoulders and finishing the edge with bias tape, you could make this apron reversible.

Get one side dirty, turn the other side out! Or by using a fabric that is reversible, but looks different on the reverse side, it would give you two different 'looks'.
foobear (author)  DeeRilee2 years ago
ooh , good idea. I was not happy with the seam anyway
DeeRilee2 years ago
Very nice! Any idea of what range of sizes this would fit?
foobear (author)  DeeRilee2 years ago
I'm not at all sure. But what I would try is, measure the person from their shoulder to as long as you wanted it to go, say, the ankles. And then print out the pattern so that the longer width of it was approximately that length you measured. That might work for a very tall or small person. It if was a portly person, I'm not sure what would happen. You might measure their circumference at the widest part and then scale the pattern in the other dimension accordingly. But I have not done any such experiments, its just conjecture.

darrenhall2 years ago
Really clever - pretty much one size fits all and gravity holds the item nicely in place, I could see this this having some broad applications.

Big respect
foobear (author)  darrenhall2 years ago
Sweet! Thanks! Like what kind of applications?
darrenhall2 years ago
Me again - I had had a thought - if ya turned this round and cut the material slightly differently would it not make a cool sarong for down on the beach or even a great fitting dress.

Thought provoking and cool - well done.

See ya.

DZ
foobear (author)  darrenhall2 years ago
I was kind of thinking that too! I want to think about how to recut it so you could turn it around and wear it as some kind of dress.
capricorn2 years ago
This is inventive and really elegant. I like it.

Thank you for sharing :)
foobear (author)  capricorn2 years ago
Cool! Thanks!
Ooh Fun! So easy to make :)
foobear (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
thank you! thanks for the feature!