This is the "armhole" for want of a better description. If you want to vary the neckline with a "sweetheart" shape or any other shape that takes you fancy, you can draw this in and cut out also.
When pinning the two pieces together, make sure that one dart faces one way, and the other faces in the opposite direction so they butt up to each other nicely.
REMEMBER follow the order of stitching, for ease of construction!
Now we will approach the side seams. These were completed by folding over once and then folding a second time. I used the glue stick to keep them in place, (pins will be sufficient) and gave a light press. You can see from the photo that this seam incorporates the facing.
Now top stitch in order - side, bottom, side.
Now we have to take care of the armhole area. Press the facing into postion and pin the facing down to stop any puckers. First top stitch the outside edge. Use the slits you made on the top edge as your guide. Sew each of the two outside edges first. Next, using the quilting guide, you are going to sew the channel for the tape. To set the guide, line up your needle with the edge of the slit (it doesn't have to be bang on it - to the side slightly is fine) and adjust the guide until it sits on the top stitching line you have just sewn.
The pockets are made from the leftovers. I had enough left to make one piece for the front of the pocket, and joined the two pieces from the armhole scraps for the lining. The best way to sew these is to leave a gap in the lining pieces and press open the seam. With right sides together, sew all around the pocket shape in one piece and use the gap in the stitching to turn through. This makes for a neater edge. Slip stitch the seam together, press and top stitch the top edge. Find the centre of your apron and the centre of the pocket, and sew in place. My pocket is a rectangle, with a centre seam forming two pockets.
FULLY LINED APRON
For the fully lined apron, you will need to cut two pieces, one main and one lining fabric. The darts and neckline will be cut as above. Again, mark your darts and pin and check that they fall well. Adjust if necessary, and make the same adjustments to both pieces.
There is a slight change of order, when doing the fully lined version of the apron. Sew the neck edge first, leaving the holes for the tape/strap to feed through. Press open as before and top stitch.
Thread the strap through as before, try on and mark for pockets if desired. I attached the pocket, sewing through both layers.
Bye for now. Sue xxx