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Autumn Apron, 50s Style

October 20, 2013

I’ve sewn myself a couture wedding dress, I’ve sewn myself tailored jackets, I’ve handsewn an 18th century riding habit, I’ve sewn dresses and skirts galore, I’ve sewn super-complicated stuff, I’ve sewn simple stuff but I’d never sewn myself a little ol’ apron…..until the other week!  I’ve known I needed aprons for sometime, years in fact.  But it never seemed the right time.  Until Thanksgiving approached (I’m Canadian, so Thanksgiving was last weekend) and I knew the time had come!  My husband and I hosted my parents this year, which meant I spent a fair bit of time in the kitchen (of course so did my husband since this is 2013 – he wore an apron too, but not a fun one like mine).  I go a little bananas over fall colours, especially when it’s actually fall, and so I made an autumnal apron.

I chose pattern simplicity 4213, which I think is maybe……late 50s/early 60s?

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I made view 1, but took the pocket from view 3 so I’d have lots of room in there.  Voila!

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The dress I’m wearing with the apron was also made this year for Thanksgiving.  And since it’s silk it gave extra impetus to making sure I had an apron to wear over it!  The dress will be the subject of my next post and is also made from a vintage pattern

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Yay big pocket!

I’m sure many of you already know making pretty aprons is fun, but I didn’t until I made this one.  Apart from one slightly *interesting* bit of construction (which I explain on my blog) this came together quickly and easily.  What a great payoff aprons are for the time they take!  I’m looking forward to making more (I have a couple more vintage apron patterns in the stash) and am thinking of making one for each season!

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Pop over to my blog for more photos and info!

 

 

 

  1. Awesome!! I’m in the midst of making one as well! Great job and I love the colors and you dress is beautiful as well!!

  2. I love the whole mess! I just won some rather ridiculous novelty fabric on eBay yesterday that I’ll be turning into a retro apron. I hope it turns out as nice as yours! Can’t wait for your post about that stunning dress!

  3. I love the apron, and the whole outfit! I’m in need of a new apron, haven’t made myself one in a while and my favourite Emmeline apron is looking rather tired now. You have inspired me to make myself a new one.

  4. I love the whole look, but I do have a question. Is the quilting cotton really enough to protect your lovely dress? I am really wanting to make an apron for more of daily usage and I wondering what fabric to use on it. Of course no apron can protect against massive disasters, but I was thinking about small grease splatters or something that might happen more commonly.

  5. Great question! If you’re worried about lots of grease splatters than maybe a heavier fabric like a cotton twill would be better. If you’re more worried about stuff that’s dusty (like flour) or just bits of things a quilting cotton should be fine. I think there could possibly be a difference between style of apron too: one that’s got a gathered skirt is not going to lay right against your clothes the same way a flat apron would, so maybe flat apron + heavier fabric and gathered apron + lighter fabric? Does that help any (or even make sense? lol)

    1. Yeah, that makes sense. Those really gathered aprons I think of as being pretty but not as utilitarian, so I can see those being made in really light weight fabrics. Not that I don’t want to look pretty in my apron, I just want what ever is under it to stay looking pretty too.

  6. Your post is great inspiration – my mom has been asking me to make her an apron. I have a great vintage 1940’s tablecloth that is destined for this project – so thanks for getting me thinking about it. Great job!

  7. Oh Lise, I can’t think of anything more perfect to make an apron from than a vintage tablecloth (if it’s not still being used as a tablecloth, lol). I hope you’ll post it when it’s done!

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