into a HALTER APRON
—get your scissors, let’s
cut it up!
1—cut the sides open, — —& cut off the sleeves
2—shape the front
4—create your pockets!
This is the sewing version, but,
DON’T LIKE TO SEW?
I’ll show you how to make it that way too—in a secondary post!
*A quick TIP as you begin—iron your shirt—it’s so much easier cutting crisp, smooth fabric and your cut lines will be better too!
Cut UP the side seams to the under arms to separate the front and back of the shirt.
I like to approach this in one of 2 ways–
◊ Sewing- I leave about ¼” to ½” salvage from the manufactured seam and sew some kind of trim over that extra to turn under. The manufactured seam is still the front-side finished edge.
◊ NO Sewing- I like to cut from the “bottom” side of the manufactured seam, super close to that seam—it becomes my “finished” edge and I’m done!
Cutting off the sleeves.
◊ RESIST THE TEMPTATION to just lay your shirt down and cut it in this quick/random way—you’ll lose material you may need or want for other parts! Be patient—cut up the sides, then cut off the sleeves, then shape your “halter.”
◊ It doesn’t really matter which side of the seam you cut from, but stay close to it so you don’t lose extra material.
Shape the front into a Halter.
*TIP- if you fold the front sides together your “halter” cuts will be “matching” —but it’s better to open it back up and cut freehand around the collar. I tend to freehand all my cuts, but I drew a chalk line for you to see this better below.
◊ As you’re cutting, leave ¼” to ½” extra around the collar to either turn under or sew trim to, to be turned under.
◊ Turn and iron all your cut edges under-from the side seam up and around the back of the collar.
*OR- sew trim to the cut edges that can be turned under and sewn for a crisp finish.
Cut the ties from the back of the shirt -it keeps a simple continuity to the apron.
*I typically cut off the yolk just to free up the part I am using, especially when the yolk has a pleat.
◊ Below, a couple of examples to make your tie cuts.
- Use a measuring guide, or
- as you’re cutting–fold the cut upward to create a continuing guide to keep an accurate size as you cut.
- Or just freehand it like I do—it’s all part of that “bespoke” look!
◊ SEW the sides, turn it and iron flat -OR- turn and iron the edges and just sew the finished top edge. Sew the ties on.
Making the pockets. I like to use the sleeves for this, and I like to be creative and playful doing it!
◊ Cut open the sleeve by it’s seam and cut through the cuff. Turn under and iron a ¼” to ½” edge on the “raw” side—the other should have the manufactured edge (right?).
◊ Play around with it to find the placement and look YOU like!
◊ Then pin it in the place you like and top stitch.
◊ I also like to leave the raw edge ironed flat, and sew IT down (good sides together) then turn it —only top stitching the manufactured side.
◊ Closing the bottom of the pocket—with the sleeve ironed smooth you can make orderly pleats to reduce the “size,” and cut off the excess.
◊ Fold under and iron flat, pin in place and top stitch.
◊ Another example– you can see there’s more to “gather” and fold under.
*TIP– If you don’t like pinning, you can tack it with fabric glue or
There’s a hint for the NO-SEW version!
I’ll take you through the COMPLETELY NO SEW version in a separate post
’cause look how long this one is! ; D