|This is a review of the pattern as I helped my son, Romeo, to make it up. He did the sewing, but being only 8, doesn't have his own Pattern Review profile yet.|
Yeah, the above is the description from the back of the envelope. It's a basic apron shape, but it comes with multiple pocket options and has a neck band and ties in the back.
Kid's size 3-4 through misses/men's size 42-44
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
We left off all the pockets but the one large one across the entire apron. Other than that, yes, it looked like the envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They are pretty easy to follow for someone with sewing knowledge and/or an adult vocabulary. Since this is only Romeo's second sewing project, I read through most of the instructions and explained in detail what he needed to do. It's an easy pattern, but the instructions aren't detailed or basic enough for a very young beginner. In the interest of building his confidence, I'm tackling the instructions for now and we'll work on learning how to read the instructions during a later lesson.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
For kids, the way the neckband/ties is setup is really great. The curved side fronts of the apron have casings and the ties/neckband are all one long piece threaded up one casing and down the other. This makes it really easy to make it fit right, even for a growing kid.
For a full-busted woman, however, this setup is not very comfortable. When I've worn the one I made for my husband, it tends to pull over the bust area, trying to settle somewhere with some additional ease which makes it tighten across the back of my neck. I wouldn't ordinarily consider an FBA for an apron, but this would be the pattern that needs it.
Quilting cotton (chosen by Romeo since this is his project)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Just leaving off some of the pockets. He won't be grilling in it that he would need that many pockets.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't know if I'll make it again, but as Romeo grows, he might have to. I would recommend this to someone looking for a relatively easy beginner project. As a side note, the pockets and turned under edges that are part of constructing this apron led to great beginner lessons in how important pressing is when sewing.
This was a fun sewing project to coach my son through making. I think he did a great job.