How about this for my very first pattern?
Okey dokey, I've been searching and searching for my "dream apron." It is hard to find: smock style, ideally with criss crossing straps in the back (so no ties or buttons), or a simple single button at the top of the back.
I finally found Simplicity 5201 (link to image is below).
1. This calls for bias tape, more specifically a looooooooooong piece that goes around the entire edge. I don't want to attempt bias tape on my first project. It sounds like exactly the detailed and careful type of sewing that would easily frustrate me. Also, I would prefer a reversible apron. So, does it seem reasonable to make this 2 sided?
2. I found 2 blogs of women who made this apron. They both said that the armholes stuck way out, and that in order to make it look like the picture, the arms had to be taken in (around 2 inches), and the sides tapered. Well, that alteration would not be good for a brand new beginner like me, right? Is it generally true that many patterns need to be tweaked like that in order to get them just right?
Here is a link that might be useful: