Hello, Smocket

April is for aprons.  Here is #2: the smocket.

 

I sketched out the pattern based on the original smocket shape from Amy’s Happy Things blog (Mayfly’s pattern pdf is sized for a toddler, besides the fact that we don’t have a printer) and measurements/adjustments based off the previous apron.  This is not the most efficient way to measure and cut fabric, but it’s the best I could do, and it got the job done.

 

sketching out the smocket 'bat'

sketching out the smocket 'bat'

 Notice how many times the lines shifted:

 

many minor adjustments...

many minor adjustments...

As with the last apron, I pinned the two layers together (right-sides together) before I started cutting.  I cut half of the fabric, and folded over to double-check the symmetry:

 

half a bat

half a bat

*some* of those lines are the right ones...

*some* of those lines are the right ones...

 

 

I made two lined pockets, one for each side, and sewed them on before sewing the two sides together.  If you’re following along my vague pseudo-tutorial, be sure to leave a 4″ (or so) gap open so you can turn it all right-side out.

 

finished smocket, side A

finished smocket, side A

finished smocket, side B

finished smocket, side B

 

Yup, it’s fully reversible.  (Can something be only partly reversible??)

And in case you haven’t checked out the links to see what the finished product actually looks like on a person:

 

smocket front

smocket front

smocket back

smocket back

The two outer ‘wings’ of the bat shape criss-cross in the back to attach to the front shoulder bits.  The original smocket has the two parts tie together at the shoulder; I’m adding buttons instead (four buttons: two sewn back-to-back, on each shoulder, with button holes on the outer wing straps).

 

For what it’s worth, here are my sketched out measurements, for a smocket for a small adult:

 

my smocket "pattern"

my smocket "pattern"

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~ by ... on 13 April 2009.

One Response to “Hello, Smocket”

  1. […] this machine, I’ve pieced a quilt, sewn two aprons, hemmed some pants, and sewn some other assorted bits and pieces.  I’ve also used it to sew […]

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