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Butterick B5506 Apron Pattern Review

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The Butterick B5506 Apron Pattern is a fabulous pattern because it has one feature that is just so handy – an adjustable neckline strap!

This is perfect as you can easily slip it over your head and then adjust the strap through the casing to ensure your apron fully covers your neckline area to protect your clothes.

Watch my video below which features 6 aprons I made from the Butterick B5506 pattern as gifts to my family in Serbia!

This year I had my first trip to Serbia, my father’s home country and I had the opportunity to meet with 4 of my first cousins for the very first time in my life, it was such a fabulous experience!

Here are some pictures of my Serbian family wearing the apron’s I made for them, and by the way they turned out to be the perfect gift because they all do an enormous amount of cooking and certainly presented us with a delicious spread of traditional Serbian food for us!

My beautiful new friend and tour guide Lola, wearing her chef style inspired apron

Butterick 5506 Apron Pattern


Ljilijana’s loved wearing her Rooster inpsired apron!

Butterick Pattern B5506 Apron 4

Emily serves up a delicious tray of Serbian food in her bright and colourful apron!

Butterick Pattern B5506 Apron 6

Snezana’s butterfly inspired Apron

Butterick Pattern B5506 Apron 2

Slobodanka’s was pleased with her biscuit & baking inspired Apron too!

Butterick Pattern B5506 Apron 5

Making your own gifts is such a wonderful experience! If you would like to join one of my sewing classes to sew Christmas gifts this year, I’m taking bookings now for Term 4 and there are just a few spots left up for grabs!


Have you made Butterick B5506 Apron pattern or are now inspired to sew one up yourself? If so, please leave a comment we would love to hear from you and see your sewing projects too.

Happy Sewing,




For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666

McCalls 6035 Pattern Review

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

McCalls Pattern 6035 is a fabulous shirt pattern.

Check out my new ‘Hibiscus’ themed shirt I made from this pattern, my feature video & 5 sewing tips below for making the McCalls 6035 pattern.

McCalls 6035 Shirt 01

You Tube – McCalls 6035 Pattern

My Top 5 Tips when sewing McCalls 6035 Shirt Pattern are:

  1. Stitch the curved hemline BEFORE you sew the side seams.
  2. If you have an overlocker (serging machine) use it on the curved part of the hemline using a differential feed feature. This gathers the curve so when you take the hemline up, the fabric easily eases around the curve and sits perfectly flat.
  3. When stitching the buttonholes, use a small amount of fabric fray glue on the wrong side of the buttonhole. This prevents the buttonhole from unraveling or fraying.
  4. Introduce a contrasting fabric for the collar stand and front tab for added interest.
  5. When using a contrasting fabric ensure it is compatible with the main fabric used.

McCalls Pattern 6035

McCalls Pattern 6035 has 4 shirt views, princess line and a variety of sleeve styles for your selection. Suggested fabrics are: lightweight fabrics such as cotton, cotton blends, challis, crepe de chine, silk rayon & linen.

Have you made this McCalls M6035 Shirt pattern too or are inspired to sew it up for yourself?

Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing,




For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666