There are a number of questions that we are often asked – hopefully you will find the answer to yours below or in one of the videos. If not, please drop us a line at email@example.com and we will do our best to help.
> Should I make a toile or mock up?
The apron shape, open style at the sides and crossover design which flares out very naturally is remarkably forgiving, it always surprises us and our customers when they try on the apron at shows! It is a loose fitting garment and this is why each grade covers an approximate range of sizes.
That said, if you want to be sure of the fit or are considering making some minor adjustments then please make a toile out of inexpensive fabric first as you would with any dress making pattern.
> What sizes does the pattern cover?
The curved and cross-over shape of the back pieces allow the apron to expand and flare out to allow each size in the pattern to cover a range of dress sizes. The chart below provides approximate sizing guidance.
> How much fabric do I need?
My apron is full lined, so you need fabric for the outside and the lining, nominally around 2m of each. However, it depends on the size and whether your fabric is plain or patterned and directional. The table below provides a guide.
For example to make a 3XL size using 45” wide patterned fabric for the apron and 60” wide plain fabric for the lining, you need 3m for the apron and 2m for the lining.
> What type of fabric should I use?
For my original Artisan Apron, I used an expensive medium weight cream linen to make the outside and for similar you can look here at The Cloth House, London (fab shop and walking distance from Liberty!). Beware, it was about £38/meter! This was lined with a much more reasonably priced 100% cotton.
However, I have made several aprons in my own Moda fabric lines, so Moda 100% cotton does work very well for the outer and lining.
We have also recently sourced some medium weight ivory colour linen and a 100% cotton yellow striped lining so you can make an apron similar in style to my original. Take a look in my Etsy shop for these and my Moda fabrics.
> Are there easy pattern adjustments I can make?
There are a number of simple adjustments that can be made to the pattern, just take care
to consider the curved shaping.
If you are making adjustments, or want to check the fit of a size, please make a toile out of inexpensive fabric first.
- Remove the bust darts to allow for a fuller figure
- Add length to shoulders to lower the neckline
- Add width to the centre front by pinning pattern further away from the fabric fold to increase the size and width of neckline
- If you have narrow shoulders, or to reduce the size remove a little width from the centre front by placing the pattern off the folded fabric to narrow the neckline
- Decrease (or increase) the 1cm / 1/2 inch seam allowance for finer adjustments at the shoulders and apron edges
We have posted a few 'hints and tips' videos in an Artisan Apron Playlist on my YouTube channel. The first video on alterations is a really good one to watch before you start anything and discusses some of the above!