I have a possible private costuming event coming up in late April or early May, and I wanted to get as much finished as I could.
One of the things I had on my To Do list was an apron and neckerchief. Even though my character will not be doing work, many times fancier aprons and accessories were worn. Unfortunately, the sort of fabric I was looking for wasn’t available, so I had to get the next best thing.
I had hoped to find a very light, gauzy linen or even silk, but all of the linens in the store I had to shop at were very thick and heavy. My husband and I had both looked at some paintings so he could see what I was wanting to make, and after looking at fabrics, we both agreed this was my only option for now.
This fabric is still nice, but it was very difficult to work with. It was hard to see, and it was very slippery. It made sewing a thin hem very difficult.
I didn’t use any patterns — I merely guessed the size and shape that would work.
All of the hems were hand sewn, but I decided to use the sewing machine to sew the bias tape onto the apron.
One thing I do wish I had done on the apron was to cut the waistline in such a way where the middle of the bottom edge didn’t hang quite so low compared to the sides.
I think the apron will work okay, but I’m a little concerned about the neckerchief. They’re worn as fillers for the neckline of bodices for daytime and outdoor wear.
I’m wondering if the fabric will be a bit scratchy for my neck, and I hope it doesn’t shift around or back out of the neckline too much.
Fortunately, if it does become a problem, I do have a sheer scarf that could work until I get something better.
For next time
Next time, I would love to get some really gauzy, light fabrics like linen. I would love to have more time to embroider the apron and possibly the neckerchief (depending how I wear the neckerchief, especially — some have the ends hanging out, pinned down or tucked under tabs on the front of the bodice or stomacher). I would also try to get the shape of the bottom hem of the apron a little better for my tastes.
For now, it will work for my needs.