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Cook’s Apron from The Great British Sewing Bee

Time was running out for me in The Monthly Stitch’s Challenge – ‘something from a book”.  As I only own 1 sewing book I wasn’t exactly spoilt for choice.  

This month has been really busy.  I’ve made a big start on making my Christmas gifts, and also I’ve had 3 birthdays and an anniversary which I’ve made pressies for too. Before I knew it, there were only 2 days left in November for me to make something for the Monthly Stitch, so it had to be something simple. 

I chose the cook’s apron as it would be a nice pressie to go with the peg bag I’ve already made for my Auntie Kath. Here it is:

Here’s it is with ‘finishing touches’ that aren’t on its own blog.


When I made the apron I didn’t have any graph paper, so armed with a pencil, French curve and tape measure I marked out the outline directly onto the back of the fabric. I worked out the measurements and wrote them into the book. 


I decided to make 1 or 2 changes to the pattern:

  • I didn’t use a contrasting fabric as I didn’t have anything suitable. So for the front I used the pattern piece for the back. 
  • I didn’t follow their instructions for the pleated trim on the bottom. Instead I used my ruffling foot. 
  • Instead of slip stitching the top part lining in place at the back I stitched in the ditch from the front. 
  • I made all the lengths needed 3 inches wide when I cut them out, ie the ties and the trim. I did this as I used the ruler on my French curve to measure and it was easier. 

As per usual with all the gifts I make, I want to keep it!! It’s very pretty and girlie. My hubby thought it was a dress when he saw Gertrude modelling it.

Here’s something I prepared earlier….. 



I made this in the summer and previously blogged about it here. This is the free pattern which comes with The a Great British Sewing Bee book. 


Here’s a sneaky preview of a bag I’m knitting for one of my nieces for Christmas. 

I have all the bits made, it just needs sewing together….

Top left: flower before being ‘sewn up’. Bottom left: the handles.


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