Valentine Theme Apron from Simplicity 4479 – undated pattern

by Jane Carlstrom on January 25, 2011 · 4 comments

in 1960s,Aprons

Red & Gold scroll heart shapes cotton print paired with gold tone silk dupioni to create this vintage inspired frilly Valentine theme apron. My first time using this pattern so maintained the sizing and not many changes to the original details of Simplicity 4479
However, the waist tie was kept small and the shoulder straps were cut in 1 piece instead of two. Always needing to add an original touch, met that need by creating a hair bow to compliment the apron.
Apron front view:

Apron Back View:
Well this is a very slim dressform, and still the back does not close nearly as tightly as the pattern shows Whoo Whee – this one size fits all pattern, really only fits a slim person. Waist 24 to 28 inches. Well gosh, I have not seen that size in 40 years. So it will take some revisions to make this style fit a wider range of body sizes. :D

Still, it is cute as is and will look lovely on a slim frame. I think it will be worthwhile to revise, alter and update this pattern. The frills are enchanting. It was fun to make the ruffle, even though time consuming. My ideas are: to lengthen the bib to come higher and look more flattering on a fuller bust; to increase the width of the center panel just a tad; to make neck straps that tie/or a halter strap, rather than shoulder straps; keep the waist tie narrow.

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Little Black Car January 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Adorable! I love the matching hair-bow idea, too!

It's probably from 1953, according to the pattern number.


Jane Carlstrom January 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thanks for the comment. So appreciate the dating info. Thanks so much. Jane


tammyO. January 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm

what a great apron for valentine's day!


Anonymous January 26, 2011 at 2:48 am

Isn't this the same apron as the one in the picture at the top of this blog? I've always liked it!



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