1950s | Aprons | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 9578 – Jane Jetson apron

By on November 3, 2012

Rosey the Robot Maid did most of the apron wearing in the Jetson family, but I have to think that if Jane needed to wear an apron for show that she’d choose something like this one.

I used Butterick 9578.  This pattern had been on my list for a while, and got bumped to the top thanks to the Did you make that? Apronalong.

 

 

The pockets are really fun – they’re basically a square sewn from two different fabrics, then you fold down the top corner.

There are a few more photos on my blog.  I’m working on the full apron version as well – hopefully I’ll get that wrapped up soon because the apronalong ends tomorrow!

 

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1950s | Aprons | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 6743 Apron.

By on September 9, 2012
“You’re the talk of the bridge club in these snappy aprons.”

I finally have my sewing groove back! To kick things off here is an apron made from Butterick 6743. According to the Vintage Pattern Wiki, this pattern was sold in 1953. I bought my copy from Etsy last year in factory fold condition. It is hard to imagine how the pattern had not been used until for over 50 years as it’s just too darn cute!

The pattern asks for one yard of fabric and five yards of bias binding. There are four pattern pieces: front section (cut 1), side section (cut 2), waist band (cut 1) and tie ends (cut 2). I selected a medium weight cotton fabric in a retro print that I thought would be perfect as a half apron. To set it off I paired it with a musky pink bias binding. I sewed up View C (original pattern photo at end of post) in only a couple of hours.

 

 

 

“Saucer patterns with novel loop holes.”


The curved edges were finished with bias binding making finishing these seam a breeze. I sewed the waist band to the apron panels using a French seam, and double folded all the tie edges to give a nice neat look and to make the bands slightly sturdier. Here are a few shot of the underside of the apron.

 

 

 

Now I worry it is too cute to use! Can one wear an apron as a fashion accessory?

And finally, here is the original pattern in all its glory…

Please feel free to follow all my sewing activities as my blog Buckingham Road.
Sam xox

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1950s | Aprons | Children | Jumpers / Pinafores

McCalls 1712

By on June 22, 2012

I made this a couple days ago as a birthday present for a little girl in my son’s class and it’s from fabulous 1952. the only things I changed was to bag line the apron instead of using like 7 yards of bias binding and I added a button tab instead of neck ties. The bag lining is much faster to sew and adds that little bit more protection in case she dumps a ton of paint on herself.

I loaded the pockets with art supplies and I think she is just going to love it.

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1940s | Aprons

40’s inspired apron

By on June 20, 2012


As I have this magazine named “La Familia” (The family) from July 1949, I decided to use one of the embroider patterns that come with it; I tryed to do the apron as the lady in the picture. My apron is not very full so it looks kind of funny.
By the way, the blouse I am wearing is Butterick 4985, a moder pattern.
I tryed to edit this post but I see I don’t know how to do it correctly because I did not wanted the order of the pictures like this 🙁

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1930s | Aprons

1930’s Sears Catalog Apron

By on April 29, 2012

I work in theatre – and for some reason, last year was the year of the apron.  Almost every production I worked on featured aprons of some sort – from mid-19th c. aprons for ‘Jane Eye’ to some super cute 30’s aprons for ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ and ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’.

I used this ad copy from a mid-30’s Sears catalog as my source material:

Sears Catalog Ad Copy

I drafted a pattern for the apron on the bottom right – cute bib, curved collar, bias edging.  The stripes made into self-bias make me deliriously happy. 🙂

More photos at my blog, here!

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My “Pass Me a Cupcake, Mrs. Cleaver” Apron

By on February 7, 2012

Hello lovely readers of We Sew Retro! This is my first post on the new Sew Retro, and only my second post to date on Sew Retro.

I made this cute little apron from Simplicity 2592, which is a retro reprint pattern from the Simplicity archives. I made view C, and chose to line it instead of sewing on the recommended bias tape.

I couldn’t decide if it looked more like a cupcake or something June Cleaver would have donned.

http://talesofawannabeseamstress.blogspot.com/2012/02/finished-pass-me-cupcake-mrs-cleaver.html

 

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Scotties in the Kitchen

By on December 5, 2011

Just in time for all the holiday parties (how many, exactly, do I think I’m going to host this season?), I finished my December apron!   If you’re interested,  I’m hosting an apron challenge over at my blog, Willow Homestead.  This month was made from a remnant of taffeta with flocked – yes, flocked, how cool is that? – Scotty dogs.  And with three layers of frilly frou-frou ruffle, this could be the most impractical apron ever.  But then, does it really matter?  More details on my blog.

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