Fabulous Free Vintage Apron Pattern
Why is it that women drool over vintage aprons? The thought of actually being a 1950’s housewife toiling away in the kitchen appalls us. But the fun, frilly aprons are just too cute.
A good friend’s son is getting married and his beautiful bride-to-be is a great cook. So I whipped up a retro-style apron to give at her bridal shower. I can just see her making her yummy crepes in this little number.
I love the fact that it is reversible. I knew it turned out OK when my husband said it looked like it came out of one of those shops all the women love that he refuses to enter. Also when my teenage daughter squealed upon seeing it.
The design is based on a free retro apron pattern I found online. The directions are pretty clear. Kudos to the designer for sharing. I did change a couple things. The original has the bias tape going all the way around the sides. If you only want it on the top, bottom and pockets like I have, then just put rights sides together on both the apron and flounce, sew seams, right side it out and proceed. I have two sewing machines, both vintage without an automatic buttonholer. So I did not want to make button holes. I switched up the top ties a bit and did not use buttonholes. When you sew the buttons on, be careful to only go through one layer so you do not see stitching on reverse. I also added a pocket on reverse side. I made a square for a different look, and also because those angled pockets were hard to sew!
I have seen other pictures on the web of crafty women who have made really cute aprons using this pattern.
I also bought a retro apron pattern from McCalls, so I may try that next. Hope Jemma likes it.
A great selection of retro apron patterns are available at Amazon.