Cut the following parts to size; the measurements already include the seam allowance:
for the ruffle: 22 cm, so a full fabric width of 137 cm
for the appliqué: Choose the flower(s) you like, cut them out, closely following the outlines, and affix using Vliesofix.
For the ties – 2 strips: 85 cm x 13 cm
For the bolster – 1 strip 65 cm x 12 cm
For the upper edging on the pocket: 13 cm x 33 cm (cut to size diagonally)
When making the main part of the apron, you will need to round the armholes yourself while cutting. It's really simple: Place "Tilda Kitchen Stripe 1" along with this, doubled length-wise (in the crease). Measure 18 cm from the centre of the upper edge to the middle and mark this point. Also mark a point, measuring 35 cm down from the upper edge. Use the tailor's chalk to draw an arc that joins the two points just marked and cut along this line.
2. Armhole edge (armscye) and neckline edges
First sew the bias binding onto the armhole edge (armscye). To do this, fold the bias binding back on one side, place it so the finished sides face each other, edge to edge, on the curve of the armhole edge (armscye) and pin together securely. Now sew into the edge of the bias binding crease. Fold the bias binding into the reverse side of the apron and iron. Now stitch the bias binding using narrow stitches. Do the same with the other armhole edge (armscye).
Now proceed with the apron's upper neckline and the drawstring for the satin ribbon. First iron 2 cm, then 5 cm. Use narrow stitches to secure the hem. Sew a further seam for the drawstring; this should be 3 cm away from the seam previously sewn.
Cut a small slit into the middle of the drawstring where the satin ribbon can be tied to the bow. Then cut the satin ribbon down the middle and thread it through the channel. Stitch down each of the ribbons at the outer end.
3. Neck strap and waist ties
Place the 65 cm long and 12 cm wide checked strip for the neck strap such that it is 4 ply. To do this, first iron the longitudinal crease, then one quarter of the longitudinal crease. This will result in a 3 cm-wide strip that you will now top-stitch using narrow stitches. Sew the scalloped trimming onto this strip. Now sew the finished neck strap to the outer edge of the apron such that the scalloped edging stops at the armholes.
The waist ties: For the waist ties, place the long strips of checked fabric together 2 ply such that the finished sides face each other. For the lace on the waist ties, you must cut out a portion at each end in the shape of a triangle. Then sew, allowing a clearance of 1.5 cm from the edge. Twist the ties and top-stitch them once again close to the edge. Take the side hem of the apron, fold it down 2 x 2 cm and top-stitch. Incorporate the waist ties within the upper edge as you do this.
4. Ruffle and pocket
Now for the ruffle. Fold 2 cm of the long side of "Portia 6" to the reverse side and iron the edge that is formed as a result. Serge them. Place the untrimmed long edge into the crease of the edge that you have just ironed and serged and iron the longitudinal crease, which will subsequently become the lower edge of the apron. Fold in the side seam allowances and sew them down. Now feed the fabric slowly through the machine, creating the folds. Once you have secured the folds with a stitch, sew the ruffle into the lower hem of the apron. External pocket: Iron the upper edging for the pocket in the longitudinal crease and fold a 1 cm seam allowance into the long sides. Secure this to the "Tula Cotton" piece that has been cut to size. If you would like to embellish your external pocket with an appliqué, first iron the Vliesofix onto the appliqué, then onto the pocket and secure it with a narrow zigzag stitch. Once the appliqué has been securely sewn on, iron the side and lower edge of the pocket, allowing a 1 cm seam allowance on the reverse side and position the pocket on the apron. Use the waist ties as guides. Sew using narrow top-stitching.
The romantic kitchen apron is ready.