I started with a remnant piece that was half of a yard. I cut a piece for the top and trimmed it on a bit of an angle so it would nip in at the waist a little.
I cut these two strips and sewed them together
I also hemmed one side and gathered it. It'll be a ruffle in a minute...
Next I cut 4" strips for the ruffles.
I hemmed one side of it and gathered it.
I sewed it on...
...and went back over my stitching with a zig-zag stitch.
Then I top-stitched so it would lay flat.
I added the smaller blue ruffle and the top was coming together nicely. I cut a piece for the bottom and rounded off the bottom corners. I gathered the top.
I attached it all together with yet another coordinating yellow for the waistband.
For the neck strap I used the yellow plaid and sewed a tube. The easiest way for me to turn it out is to attach a safety pin to one end.
I sink it down into the tube...
...and fish it through until it comes out the other side. Super easy!
I top-stitched both sides and pinned it down
I tucked the end up under itself so no raw edges were showing.
Now for the fun part! Wait...all of this was fun! I made a big flower with the 3 fabrics I used for the apron.
Each petal was backed with and stitched to the yellow plaid for stability.
I made a little fold in each petal...
...and ran it through the machine.
I cut them apart leaving each color together.
I laid it out and stitched it in place.
Repeat with each layer.
Then stack them up.
I used FabricTac to adhere the little jewels.
So this is what the top looks like up close.
And here she is in all her glory!
I made the ties long enough to tie in front on the right hip into a cute bow.
My husband liked it so much he keeps asking when I'm making one for myself!
What do you think?
Lots o' love,