1960s | Aprons

Valentine Theme Apron from Simplicity 4479 – undated pattern

By on January 25, 2011

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. 😀

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.

For those of you who, like me, revel in details, construction specifics on my blog.

Jane of Felt Sew Crafty and A Tranquil Nook

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1920s | Aprons

having an apron party

By on December 23, 2010

I saw this original pattern for sale somewhere- on Etsy maybe?- dated 1925, and thought it SO cute that I wanted to use it as inspiration for my own version of the pattern. Then I made a bunch of aprons to give as Christmas gifts this year. I’m so proud of myself because every year I want to make my gifts and then can’t get it done. Well, this year I managed it. I can make this beauty in just a few hours time, so that was a major plus in my favor.

Here are the results:
Along with the apron, I collected a few of my favorite depression era recipes from a variety of original sources and made a small booklet to give to my family.
You are invited to download the (entirely free) recipe booklet here:
Find the apron (less expensive than the original was!) I call Clara Bow here:

Happy Holidays from Sew Chic Pattern Co.!

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Butterick B4087 – Retro Apron Cuteness!

By on December 16, 2010

I finished these aprons today. They’re little extras for Christmas for Little Tornado’s Nan and Great Nan.

I adapted the pattern a little and added the embroidery to personalise them a little. My first attempt at these, so hopefully they’ll go down well! More about it over on my blog

Oh, and I did some cute little pin cushions using the same fabric, andsome vintage buttons, for my fellow “sewists” at college. (Also over on my blog)

Happy Christmas and a happy, healthy & prosperous 2011 to all at Sew Retro.

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1970s | Aprons

A taste of the 1970s home

By on November 8, 2010

Just thought that I would share this picture from one of my recent finds, a home decor ideas book from 1976. It has a huge range of projects, mostly featuring a lot of pscyhedelic embroidery, such this apron and oven glove set. This is so of it’s era, and very fashionable at that time, but now I’m not sure if it’s beautiful or horrific.

More eye popping decor ideas on my blog.

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By on July 27, 2010

Hi! This is my first post in this lovely blog, I love to visit this blog because I love vintage fashion and would like to sew many patterns I have seen here, so I hope some day I’ll post about it. Well to sew this apron I used the reproduction of a Simplicity pattern , here I show you the original one. More in my blog.

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