It has pockets! I think we’re all so excited when something has them because we always have stuff we need to carry and lots of women’s clothing skips them altogether. I’ve got you covered with this apron though. You can’t tell by looking at it, but there are secret side pockets for your phone, glasses, or even your hands!
To make this you’ll need:
cotton fabric in two different prints, if you’d like the contrast
this pattern for the pockets
Cut the following from the fabric:
18 x 30” for the skirt - one from print A and one from print B
5 1/2 x 30” for the ties - two from print B
6 1/2 x 21” for the waistband - one from print B
pockets - four from print A using the pattern (flip the pattern over for the second two, or cut with fabric folded)
Pin the pockets to the sides of the skirt, with right sides together and the straight edges even on the side and the top. Repeat with the pockets on the remaining skirt.
Stitch 1/4” from the side of the skirt down the length of the pocket. Don’t stitch across the top of the pocket. The left sides should be a mirror image to the right.
Press the pockets and seam away from the skirt.
Pin the two skirts and pockets with right sides together.
Mark the dots from the pattern in the seam allowance near the pockets.
Stitch a 1/4” seam from the top edge to the upper dot between the skirt and pockets.
Stitch from the top outer corner of the pocket, around the pocket, pivot at the lower dot, down the side of the skirt, pivot at the corner, stitch across the bottom, then up the other side in the same manner. This is what that should look like:
Clip the corners and clip into the seam under the pocket.
Turn the skirt right side out. Press. The pockets should remain tucked between the two skirt layers.
Top stitch close to the bottom edge of the skirt only.
Stitch two rows of long basting stitches about 1/4” and 3/8” from the top edge of the skirt, leaving the thread tails long. Set the skirt aside.
Fold the tie lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch 1/4” from the long edge and across one end. Repeat with the second tie.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press.
Turn the short ends of the waistband under 1/2” and press.
Fold the waistband in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Press.
Unfold. Fold one long edge under 1/2” and press.
Pull the long threads to gather the top of the skirt until its width watches the waistband (with the ends still folded under).
Lay out the waistband right side up. Unfold the short ends. Lay the skirt over the top, front side down, with the raw edge even with the remaining raw edge of the waistband. The sides of the skirt should be even with the folds on the short sides of the waistband. Pin well.
Stitch 1/2” from the edge.
Press the seam and waistband away from the skirt.
Fold the short ends of the waistband back under, over the ends of the seam. Press.
Fold the waistband with wrong sides together, on the original crease. Pin over the seam, leaving the ends open. The bottom edge of the waistband should just cover the stitching line.
Tuck the raw end of the tie inside the end of the waistband by 1/2”. Pin in place. Repeat with the other tie on the opposite side of the waistband.
Stitch down the ends and across the bottom of the waistband, close to the edge.
If, like me, you got a little overzealous with the overlap and the stitching isn’t close enough to the edge on the back, add a second row of stitching. This is what mine looks like from the front:
And this is the back. By the way, this apron is also totally reversible!
Can you see the pockets in this picture? Of course not!
But they’re there, right next to my daughter’s baby bump! 💕