NeoShell Little Sister & Brother Apron
This sweet pattern from Mary Mulari utilizes Polartec NeoShell!
You may think that NeoShell is only for rugged outdoor wear, but it’s great for aprons, too! Spills and water wipe right off the fabric surface so it’s a wonderful fabric to consider for kids’ art or kitchen activities.
With 2/3 yard of the fabric you can make both of the featured aprons, the crisscross for girls and the medium (or small) classic full apron for girls or boys. There’s little to no raveling of cut edges, so I have just turned under the edges and topstitched. Fabric edges can also be covered by serging or trimmed with pinking shears.
The classic full apron (above) has two separate pockets with narrow trim added and edges cut with pinking shears or a pinking blade on a rotary cutter. Colorful striped shoelaces form the cords which slide through a casing on the wrong side of the apron. Notice the large buttons sewn to the waist ties—they stop the laces from sliding all the way through the casing. This tip was shared with me by a customer who recognized the problem of apron ties that get separated from the apron!
The Crisscross apron (shown front and back) is highlighted with decorative trim from Renaissance Ribbons on the top edge of the horizontal front pocket panel and the ends of the bands. Buttons from the Dill Button Company add a coordinating accent on the bands. On the apron back, small pieces of fusible interfacing are applied to the areas where the buttons and buttonholes are added to the apron.
For best success, the recommended sewing machine needles for sewing NeoShell are either the Schmetz Super NonStick Needle (size 80) or Schmetz Chrome Stretch Needle.
Find this pattern, many other reversible apron patterns, and an adult version of the Crisscross apron at my website: marymulari.com