Why I do NOT sew clothing….. bring on the quilts.

I made some aprons for the guild’s, APRON PARADE.   I had the laminate fabric for a year planning to make aprons.  I had selected the laminate fabric because I was tired of getting the front of my clothes wet and dirty whenever I tried to do dishes or clean the kitchen.   I do not know how but I always looked like a mess after cleaning and wanted aprons that would protect myself.

The second reason I made the aprons was our guild is  having a trunk show by a local quilter who collects vintage aprons.   To celebrate we are bring our own aprons for a contest  …..

For our contest there will be three categories for entry:

1) Vintage, usually anything vintage is something 15 years older than you, but in this case we are going to say that vintage is anything that you claim is old, as in “this old thing….” It need not be homemade, but if it’s not homemade it has to have a good story something that might be filled with nostalgia. If the story brings tears to the eyes, the judges will be impressed.

2) Made by me. Clearly, this means something that you made yourself. Maybe the pattern is your own design. Maybe you used a commercial pattern, but the point is that you stitched it yourself.

3) Very Unique – a definition that only you can describe as in “If you see it, you will know….

 

I think my apron would fit in any category as 1/ I selected a commercial pattern that resembled the apron style my mother and grandmother use to wear. Their apron was usually made of inexpensive cotton but there were a bunch of them.  My sister and I use to be put into the aprons whenever we helped do the dishes or clean the kitchen after dinner.   2/  I did not design the pattern but just simplified it, changing the placement of the ties and eliminating some darts.  3/  I think using the LAMINATED fabric made my apron unique.   I only wished that my new aprons fit as nicely as the aprons I wore then, when I was half the size I am now. …. hee..hee…

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I am listing the mistakes I made on while making the aprons and what I learned about using LAMINATED fabrics.

 

4 mitered corner on curves = = 0990 Mitered corners on the curves did not work with the straight cut binding fabrics.
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I use 2.5 inch strips cut from left over fabrics from the apron back to make the ties and binding.

I only had enough fabric to cut the strips on the straight of grain not on the bias.

I sewed the binding from the back to the front on the arm hole and neckline of the apron.  My intent was to frame the front bringing it over from the back to add a decorative detail.  It was a total failure in part to my impatience in applying the binding and due to the difficulty of working with the laminate fabric.

I was using laminated fabric for the apron front and found it very difficult to get smooth turns and seams. I also found it difficult for the binding to go around curves. I think it was because I used straight of grain cuts for my binding pieces. LAMINATE fabric was a lot more difficult to work with than regular fabric.
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STRAIGHT of grain binding did not have the flexibility and give that was needed when sewing on the LAMINATE fabrics.  On the second apron using the commercial bias binding it was easier to apply the binding.  I also think I was more experienced in working with the laminate.  I would suggest that when working with a fabric you are unfamiliar with make some small project to familiarize yourself with the fabric.  At least that is what I plan to do in the future.

 

 

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Straight binding Straight binding buckles on the curve of the arm hole of the apron. .

The straight of grain binding was sewn from the back to the front of the apron.   The straight of grain binding buckled and folded and did fought me …. frankly it was a HOT MESS.   I think part of the problem is the binding was too wide, it would have been better to use a 2 inch strip. 

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The LAMINATE fabric would not stay flat ( like a quilt) when I turned the binding over the seam allowance.  The laminate fabric would fold over at the stitch line.  It also folded funny at odd angles.   I had less difficulty when I used the commercial bias tape on the second pink apron.  I am not sure if it was because I was better at working with the LAMINATE fabric or because I used the commercial bias tape and it worked better with the project. 

 

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bias binding COMMERCIAL BIAS TAPE gave a smoother look to the arm holes and neck line.
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On the second apron I used commercial bias binding to sew the binding from front to back of the neckline and arm holes          (traditional  method of applying facing and bindings) resulting in a much smoother and more professional finish.
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2- back of apron BACK OF THE APRON … needs the neck line button.
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I used a facing for the back closures made by folding on the center line. I used a stabilizer when sewing on the button-hole. Right now I just need a button, I am looking for a cute button. I bought a commercial pattern that was similar to the aprons my mother and grandmother use to have. I changed the placement of the belts and eliminated the center pleats.

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1- - front of apron FRONT OF THE APRON
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IF you have any questions about sewing with laminates contact me and I will be glad to expound further on sewing with the laminate.

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A friend of mine post this information in comments I am moving it here since I found it so helpful …. ….. Planning to get more LAMINATED FABRICS to make more aprons.

 

I have sold 52 laminated aprons so far. Here is the secret. Cut the binding on the bias. I use one of those notions that folds the binding for you. (Get it at Joann’s) It’s not the electrical one, but the cheap handmade kind. If you buy the one that makes one inch binding, that works very well.- You cut the stip at 1 3/4 inches andput it through the device. It will come out 1 inch. Then you can fold it in half and press. If you round your corners a bit, the binding goes on very smoothly. I usually start the binding where I am going to put a strap or ties, which will cover the start section. Lengthen your stitch when you sew. They recommend using a teflon foot, but I found that my walking foot does just fine.

Best place to get laminates:

http://www.fabric.com FABRIC . COM

 

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6 thoughts on “Why I do NOT sew clothing….. bring on the quilts.

  1. I have sold 52 laminated aprons so far. Here is the secret. Cut the binding on the bias. I use one of those notions that folds the binding for you. (Get it at Joann’s) It’s not the electrical one, but the cheap handmade kind. If you buy the one that makes one inch binding, that works very well.- You cut the stip at 1 3/4 inches andput it through the device. It will come out 1 inch. Then you can fold it in half and press. If you round your corners a bit, the binding goes on very smoothly. I usually start the binding where I am going to put a strap or ties, which will cover the start section. Lengthen your stitch when you sew. They recommend using a teflon foot, but I found that my walking foot does just fine.

    Best place to get laminates: http://www.fabric.com

  2. What a great post. Sharing your “this didn’t work and here’s why” points will certainly save the next person from similar struggles. Thank you. I think your apron is adorable. Those dots are so cheery. And I agree that commercial bias tape is a great choice when your fabric is not of adequate size to create bias tape. I love bias as it is so easy to use.

  3. My plans exactly …. I plan to make more of these aprons now that I am getting familiar with LAMINATED fabrics. AS for sew mishaps … I usually just make it better the next time around. I do not SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.

  4. Yep, there’s a reason I don’t sew clothes either!! Cute fabric though, and it’s an apron, so no one will be looking at the binding. You could save the first one for the REALLY dirty jobs!

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