Vintage Apron Pattern Tutorial

Vintage Apron Pattern

Here’s a vintage apron pattern inspired by the new look of the 1950’s. Don’t you just love the romantic nostalgia of the old days? Women were so stylish back then. They didn’t care if they were hanging around the house all day. You definitely need a vintage apron if you want to be classy housewife!

Vintage Apron Pattern Supplies

  • 2 different and matching fabrics, one for each side. (with a pretty vintage print)
  • 1 Sash 2″ x 30″ finished size (for the neck)
  • 2 Sashes 21″ x 2.5″ finished size (They’re for the ties. Make one end straight and the other one pointy. Leave the straight end open.)
  • Waist: two 21″ x 2.5″ rectangles (these rectangles and the 3 sashes should all be made with the same fabric)
  • 1 strip of fabric 17″ x 7″ (It doesn’t matter which fabric you use for this one)

Cutting the Vintage Apron Patterns

For the skirt: cut two 21″ x 42″ rectangles. Use a different fabric for each one.

For the chest: cut two 17″ x 9″ rectangles. Use a different fabric for each one too.

Note: I made my rectangle 9″ tall. This is the measurement that goes from above the waist to the top of your chest. I have a small bust, if you have large bust, you may need to make your rectangles a bit larger.

Sewing the Vintage Apron Patterns

    1. Make a 1″ wide machine hem on one of the 42″ sides of a skirt rectangle. Gather the other side to 21″.
    2. Pin a waist piece to the gathered side of the rectangle. Right sides of fabric facing each other. Sew leaving 1/4″ from the side.
Vintage Apron Pattern
    1. Iron the seams towards the skirt.
    2. Pin the matching chest piece to the other edge of the waist piece. Right sides of fabric facing each other. Make sure it is right in the middle. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Iron seams towards the bottom.
Vintage Apron Pattern
    1. Repeat steps 1-4 for with your other skirt and chest piece. Now you have two aprons!
    2. Place both aprons with their right sides facing each other.
    3. Pin them all the way around, making sure they match perfectly!
    4. Sandwich the sashes for the ties between the waist pieces, one on each side. The unfinished edge of the sashes should be aligned with the waist piece’s edges.
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    1. Sew the top and side edges of the apron with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Measure 2 1/4″ from the top of the chestpiece down to the waist and leave without sewing.
    2. Cut the corner that forms between the chest and waist pieces.
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    1. Iron the side and top seams open.
    2. Remember that little strip of fabric you have? Fold it’s short edges 1/4″ towards the wrong side of fabric and press.
    3. Wrap it lengthwise around the upper edge of the apron and pin. Tuck the side seams under it
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    1. Hand stitch the little strip to the side seams, making sure that these stitches don’t show when you turn the apron inside out.
Vintage Apron Pattern
    1. Turn the apron inside out. The little strip might have moved, straighten it out so that there are no bumps or wrinkles. Iron so that it lays perfectly flat.
    2. Sew straight across the chest piece 2.5″ from the top edge to secure the strip in place and form a tube for the neck sash.
Vintage Apron Pattern
  1. Put neck the neck sash in the tube, and wear.

Yay, you’re done!

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