There’s a romantic nostalgia in old things. Every time I see pictures from the past I want to go there and see how things were back then. That’s not possible until someone invents a time machine. Meanwhile I can dream about it and play dress up.
Inspired by 1940’s apron designs, I made my own vintage apron patterns. It turned out really cute, and it’s perfect for looking flirty while you bake a cake! You could also use it while you’re cleaning and dusting.
The one I made is for my 8 year old niece. If you want to make one for yourself, follow the same instructions but cut the pieces a bit bigger.
- Main fabric (make sure it looks vintage!)
- Contrast fabric
- Little girl who likes to cook
- 15″ x 16″ (without the sash)
Note: These measurements are for a little girl. If you want to make one for yourself, follow the same instructions but cut the pieces a bit bigger.
Your vintage apron patterns will be all rectangles. Cut one of each with the following measurements:
- Skirt: 26″ x 11″ from main fabric
- Pocket: 12″ x 4 1/2″ from main fabric
- Pocket edge: 12″ x 2 1/2″ from contrast fabric
- Waist: 17″ x 7″ from contrast fabric
- Bottom edge: 26″ x 5″ from contrast fabric
- Sash: 32″ x 6″ from contrast fabric (cut 2 of these)
- Make two sashes. Fold your sash pieces lengthwise in half with the right side of fabric inside.
- Cut one of the short edges in a diagonal line.
- Sew this edge and the open long edge closed.
- Clip the corners and turn inside out. Press.
Make the pocket
- Match the pocket edge piece to one of your pocket’s long sides.Their right sides should be facing each other. Sew them together.
- Press the seam open.
- Fold in half so that the short edges match. Sew along the three raw edges, but leave an opening in the bottom for turning.
- Clip the corners. Turn inside out and press flat.
- Sew the bottom edge piece to one of your main fabric’s long sides. Use a french seam to encase the raw edge.
- Press the seam towards the bottom.
- Make a small hem on the two short edges and the bottom edge of your apron.
- Sew the pocket in place
- Gather the top edge so that it measures the same as the waist piece.
- Press the waist piece’s long edges 3/8″ towards the wrong side of fabric.
- Fold in half with the wrong side of fabric inside and press again.
- Pin the apron’s gathered edge to the waist piece. Make sure their right sides are facing each other.
The waist should be 3/8″ longer than the apron on both sides.
- Sew them together with a 3/8″ seam allowance.
- Fold the waist piece over the stitch you just made so that you’re seeing its right side. Hand baste a sash to each of its edges.
- Fold the waist over the sashes. The waist’s right side is now inside and the sashes are sandwiched in it.
- Pin to hold in place, and sew with your machine.
- Clip the corners and turn the waist inside out.
- On the wrong side of your apron, you´ll see that the waist covers the raw edge. Pin so that it’s straight and sew with your machine.
Now you’re ready to bake some cookies!