Vintage Sewing

Little Miss Shirley

June 6, 2008

I have posted this pattern before, making the bib, but I decided to give the full-size bib/apron view a whirl. I now have some serious respect for mothers who made their own bias binding…yards and yards and yards of it. So inconvenient, but yet so fun. I really like the way it turned out and plan on making many more. I think making and attaching bias binding will become a new obsession for me…maybe.

The pattern is dated 1936 from Butterick with all pieces intact, never used (except by me).

  1. She is adorable! I think I just melted… but maybe that’s because it’s 90 degrees here.

    The bias binding is such a nice touch. Love your choice of patterns! I’ve started making all my own bias binding too, instead of using purchased; I find that it turns a seam finish that usually looks (to me) like a lazy and cheap cheat into a deliberate and stylish choice.

  2. Thank you for all the positive comments. I just adore sewing vintage patterns, so much class and style. I love visiting here everyday to see what you all have done.

  3. Absolutely charming! Love the dots and stripes and the model is a cutie…on the good ship lollipop.
    I bought some bias tape makers a while back and can’t wait to see how mine come out.

  4. So very, very adorable! The apron in itself is sweet, but it’s the darling girl that really makes it. Look at those lovely eyes, and those gorgeous ringlets! Too, too precious!

  5. Thank you, Mary. I will check it out. I actually did use a continuous method. What I have really been wanting to learn is how to attach where the edges meet (like on a quilt) without lapping to really perfect the technique.

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