The Seamstress Apron Pattern

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It is finished!  IT REALLY IS!  I’m so excited – this pattern-writing thing has taken a lot of time and energy, and even if it doesn’t earn me a dollar, I feel really good about being able to put this together in a way that I’m proud of. 

First of all, I’d like to send huge hugs and thanks to Kathy and Kimberly who test-sewed through the pattern and gave me wonderful suggestions, encouragement, and comments on how to make it better.  Ladies,  your copy of the pattern is on it’s way to you!

I realize that I’m no famous, hot-shot crafter, but I wanted to make this pattern as professional and user-friendly as possible.  One of the things that drives me nuts about traditional patterns is that they are on huge sheets of paper that I must unfold to use and somehow refold to squeeze back into an envelope.  So starting with the layout, I made the pattern into a booklet that is stapled down the middle.  No more folding and refolding.  When you get to the end of one section, just turn the page. 

The pattern pieces are by no means rocket science.  Everything is at right angles, but I have paid $10 for a pattern before that told me to cut a piece 12″x13″ square without a pattern piece and I seriously felt ripped off.  At the time, my cutting mat was very small and I wasn’t confident at getting my squares squared up.  I got out my paper cutter and made my own pattern pieces, feeling increasingly irritated.  So even though the Seamstress Apron is made with all rectangles, I have included a sheet of pattern pieces for the seamstress that might not have a rotary cutter.  This adds significantly to my cost ($2 per sheet of large-format paper), but it is really important to me.

Lastly, I couldn’t afford to hire a model or a photographer, and hubby wasn’t going to model, so yours truly is modeling the apron.  On the day of my self-imposed photo shoot day, I was having a seriously ugly-feeling day.  Now these don’t happen to me often, but when they do, the feeling is strong.  Not only did I feel ugly, but when I went out grocery shopping, I couldn’t help feeling everyone else was ugly too!  That has never happened to me before!  It must have some sort of bizarre modeling stage fright.  So I guess the one thing I wish I could do better is to have a more professional-looking cover shot.

So the pattern is here.  I’ve listed it in my shop.  It’s not going to make me rich, I know, but I feel really good about it.  Whew!

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I made this one with fabric from the Bohemian line by AnnaMaria Horner.  Purdy fabric!

24 Responses to “The Seamstress Apron Pattern”


  1. 1 jennifer w. October 9, 2006 at 11:30 am

    What a great accomplishment! Best wishes to you, and I know you will sell a lot of these!

  2. 2 Kimberly October 9, 2006 at 11:47 am

    I know you’ll sell tons-this pattern is really a good one. I’ve used mine and absolutely love it. Ingenious! I love the fabrics on your latest one.

  3. 3 Wendi October 9, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    I’m so happy for you! (And can’t wait to receive the copy that I just ordered!) Congratulations on your first (of many, I’ll bet) pattern!

  4. 4 beki October 9, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    Look at you! Way to go ;-)

  5. 5 Randi October 9, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    You are so awesome! I am going to pop over to your Etsy and buy one before they are all gone!

  6. 6 Torrie October 9, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    Wow! You created a pattern! That is so cool. I love that you made it a booklet. I hate folding up those huge sheets and trying to stuff everything back in the little envelope. I just looked at your Etsy shop and I think you look beautiful on the cover (but I know what you mean about an “ugly day.”).

    Congratulations!

  7. 7 capello October 9, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    Wow! I didn’t even know you were doing that!

    So, ::cough cough:: is there dimentions for those of us who… oh, how do I say this… are more voluptuous?

  8. 8 Belinda October 10, 2006 at 12:33 am

    the pattern looks great, I’m heading over to pick up my copy now

  9. 9 meg October 10, 2006 at 5:53 am

    How exciting! Good for you!

  10. 10 deb October 10, 2006 at 11:49 am

    congrats to you Linda. on my way to go visit Etsy. :)

  11. 11 Cathy October 10, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    You have put so much work into this pattern! you should really be proud of that. Congratulations and much success!

  12. 12 Sue October 10, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    Congratulations on the published pattern! That’s quite an accomplishment. I know how much work it is to put a pattern to paper so I know how good you must feel that it’s done.

  13. 13 Adrienne October 10, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    I love the picture of you Lindiepindie!! You did such an awesome job, it looks so professional. I love that you have found something that you love to do so much!!

  14. 14 Linda t October 11, 2006 at 11:23 am

    Wow… from one linda to another linda… so excited I found your site!
    Great stuff… inspiring… I’ll be checking back!

  15. 15 lera October 11, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    first, you were NOT ugly in your picture!!!!!

    second, you had me seriously cracking up yesterday when I read that everyone you saw was ugly!!!!!! that is totally hilarious!!!!!

    (i would have commented yesterday, but my hands were full at the time :-))

  16. 16 Sarah October 11, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Congratulations Lindiepindie. What a fantastic achievement.

    I hope this is the first of many we see from you.

    And I agree wholeheartedly about some patterns. Some instructions leave a lot to be desired and while that is fine for those who have sewn before I hate seeing beginners put off when they are just starting out.

  17. 17 kathy October 11, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    Way to go Linda! You are seriously inspiring me. Thank you.

  18. 18 quenna October 12, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, you’re a designer and a model :). Kudos for pattern writing and making it more user friendly! Great, great job :)

  19. 19 Suzy October 13, 2006 at 12:23 am

    That bag is too cute! :)

  20. 20 Monica Solorio-Snow October 13, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    Fab, fab, fab Lindie!!! Congratulations too! I’m wishing you soooooooooooooooooo much success!

  21. 21 Stacy October 14, 2006 at 8:58 am

    Congratuations! How exciting, you’re a pattern designer! I wish you lots of success!

  22. 22 Debbie October 15, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Your pattern looks so professional and well done. Something to be truly proud of. Way to go!

  23. 23 Judy October 17, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Congratulations and thanks for your thoughtful approach to instructing and sharing with so many of us. While I don’t have your many talents, I’m greatly inspired by you and appreciate the kick-start you’ve given me in a time in my life when I needed one. Many blessings!


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 10, 11, and 12), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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