Vintage Sewing

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?

Simplicity 4213a

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


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


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!


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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