Vintage Sewing

Vintage style patchwork apron

August 2, 2011
Am I stretching it to call this vintage style? To be honest, I think of most aprons as ‘vintage style,’ simply because I feel that aprons themselves are sort of vintage! Do you agree?
I made this apron of out of some fabric scraps I found at my parents’ place (and some not-so-scrappy pieces, too!). I didn’t follow a pattern, but just sort of drew out a plan of how I wanted it to look – I might post a tutorial on my blog if anyone is interested. 
The bodice part is made up of 4 squares, and the skirt is made up of 4 rows of squares, sewn into strips and gathered.
Here I have the straps crossed over in the back, but the straps themselves aren’t sewn to the waist ties – the bottom of each strap is just a loop that the waist tie can be threaded through. Due to this, you can wear the straps as I am demonstrating, or as straight straps, or as a halter neck!
Given it was the first thing I sewed by myself since finishing high school and home economics classes, I think it turned out pretty well! What is the first garment or item you remember independently sewing or otherwise crafting?
  1. For those of us who love too cook, aprons are not quaint, vintage garments. They're functional, everyday fashion. (Especially for those of us who have a tendency to spill or splatter.)


  2. Agreed, which is one of the reasons I didn't post any close ups of this – it is well worn and well splattered! Even so, cooking in itself almost has a vintage feel about it nowadays, when so many people rely on fast food and freezer meals!

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