Bake in Style: Create Your Own Vintage Apron

Bake in Style: Create Your Own Vintage Apron

Picture this: a kitchen dusted with flour, the scent of freshly baked sourdough wafting through the air, and me, covered in a haphazard mixture of dough and excitement. Yep, I’ve become a bit of a sourdough fanatic lately, baking up a storm day in and day out. But here’s the thing – my clothes weren’t exactly on board with my new hobby. It’s like they formed a secret pact with the flour to become one big, messy canvas.

So, there I was, in the midst of floury chaos, desperately in need of a solution. That’s when fate (or maybe just a well-timed Google search) led me to a vintage apron pattern on Fleecefun’s website (https://www.fleecefun.com/vintage-apron-pattern-free-tutorial/ ). It’s like I stumbled upon a portal to the past, a link to the days when aprons were more than just fabric – they were a statement, a piece of history.

Blending my love for sewing, my inner feminine spirit, and some beautiful cotton fabric, I set out on a mission to create my very own vintage-style apron. It wasn’t just about keeping flour off my favourite tees; it was about adding a sprinkle of that classic charm to my baking adventures.

If you’re like me – someone who’s drawn to simplicity, loves the aroma of freshly baked bread, and can’t resist a good ol’ throwback – then you’re in the right place. In the upcoming steps, I’ll walk you through the effortless process of crafting a vintage apron that’s both practical and charming. So, grab your chosen fabric (maybe add an extra sprinkle of flour for that delightful nostalgia), and let’s embark on this crafting adventure.

Oh, and just a quick heads-up: this apron was actually born in the heart of my baking sessions. So, don’t be surprised if you spot a dusting of flour or a hint of dough in the mix. Think of it as a little taste of authenticity – a reminder of the fun we’re having. Ready to roll up our sleeves and create something wonderful together? Let’s get started!

Supplies needed:
* Pattern – https://www.fleecefun.com/vintage-apron-pattern-free-tutorial/
* Fabric (2.5 meters or yards should be enough) – I mostly used pieces left over from previous projects. I did not sew the extra skirt piece and triangle on the bodice
* Snaps or a button (I used snaps for closure)
* Sewing essentials (scissors, pins or clips, thread, machine ect.)
* A rotary cutter and mat (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide: Sew Your Own Vintage Apron

Step 1: Cutting

To start off, print and cut out the pattern, which you can download for free from Fleecefun’s website (https://www.fleecefun.com/vintage-apron-pattern-free-tutorial/). Make sure to gather all the fabric you’ll need for the project.

Place the bodice pattern on the fold of your main fabric. If your fabric is limited, consider cutting the front part separately from the bodice's fastening section and stitching them together. Repeat this step with your lining fabric for the bodice.

Use the skirt pattern piece on the fold and cut accordingly.  Don’t forget to cut out 1 or 2 pockets, depending on your preference.

Now, let’s cut out the fabric strips!

  • 2 strips measuring 5” by 24” for the waistband

  • 4 strips measuring 6” by 40” for the ties

  • 6 strips measuring 4” by 40” for the ruffle (If you have extra ruffles on hand, feel free to use them!)

Sewing time!

Step 2: Pockets

Fold the top part of the pockets over twice, each time by 1cm.  Press and top-stitch.  If you like, you can add some extra ruffles to your pockets.

Fold the skirt in half and measure 6 inches down, then 3.5 inches to the side.  Mark and pin your pockets to the skirt.  Sew the pockets onto the skirt with a top-stitch.

Step 3: Hemming or Adding the Ruffle

If you’re skipping the ruffle, simply hem the skirt.  If you’re adding the ruffle, sew the 6 strips of fabric (4” x 40”) together.  Gather the strip into a ruffle using a basting stitch or a ruffle foot. Then, pin the ruffle to the edge of the skirt and sew with a ½ inch seam allowance. Finish the edges with an overlocker (serger), zigzag stitch, or bias tape.  Press the seam and top-stitch.

Step 4: Bodice

Assemble and stitch together the bodice pieces if you’ve cut them separately.

With right sides together, pin your main and lining bodice pieces. Sew all around, leaving the bottom open for turning. Use a ½ inch seam allowance.

To secure snaps, add extra fabric to the ends of the bodice pieces where they will fasten.

Trim the seam allowance, notch or snip the curves for a smoother result, and turn inside out. Press and top-stitch.

Step 5: Ties

Take two of the 6’’ x 40’’ strips and sew them together with a ½ inch seam allowance. Leave one short end open for turning. If you prefer pointed ties, sew the other end at a 45-degree angle. Trim the seam allowance, cut pointed tips, turn, press, and top-stitch. Repeat with the other tie.

Step 6: Waistband

Lay one waistband strip right side up. Pin a tie to one short edge of the waistband, pleating the end of the tie to expose ½ inch on either side of the waistband. Repeat with the other tie on the opposite short edge of the waistband strip.

If you’ve opted for pointed ties, ensure they mirror each other.

Lay the other waistband strip right side down on top of the ties and pin. Sew the two short ends closed, sandwiching the ties in between. Finish the short ends with a zigzag stitch or overlocker.

Step 7: Putting it All Together

Gather the skirt to match the length of the waistband by sewing two basting stitches and pulling the threads to gather. Insert the skirt inside the waistband loop, sandwich it between the two layers of the waistband, pin, and sew in place with a ½ inch seam allowance.

Mark the middle of the front layer of the waistband and the middle of the bottom of the bodice. Pin them together at the middle, then continue pinning the rest of the bodice bottom. Sew together using a ½ inch seam allowance.

Flip the bodice up, press a ½ inch seam allowance crease around the loop (front and back), and pin the back and front waistband loops together with the bodice in between. Topstitch through all the layers.

Mark the spots for your buttons, buttonholes, or snaps. Attach your chosen closures.

Congratulations, you’ve just completed your own vintage apron! I’m thrilled with how mine turned out and can’t wait to take it for its first spin. Remember to subscribe to my blog for more exciting posts in the future. Happy crafting!

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