I’m excited because I have a new apron design that I hope you’ll like. Last week I received a special gift in the mail from my friend, Patty, who loves to rescue old tops and blocks which she transforms into beautiful quilts sold in her Etsy shop, Petalier. The gift was a vintage 1920s embroidered apron, probably a stamped design ordered from a Herrschners-type catalog. Once I finished admiring all the elements of the apron, I went right to work making a pattern, because although the design is a simple one-piece full apron in the front, the back is unusual and so cute.
I decided to use another one of my Brunschwig & Fils sample fabrics, but this time it’s not a historical design like I’ve used in the past. This is a contemporary print called Tahiti, and I think it looks refreshing and summery. The straps and bias binding are made with a cotton lawn fabric, which I backed with cotton canvas. The original apron maker used tiny buttons with hand-stitched buttonholes, but I was worried about being able to reach back and fool with trying to fasten those buttons. I ended up using heavy snaps under my buttons, which also have the advantage of being able to swivel, so the apron seems to hang better.
Unfortunately, because of the style of this apron, it won’t fit everyone. It was made to fit my size 10 dress form, and I would call it a medium size. The easiest way to get into the apron is to undo the middle snap before putting it on — it’s not too difficult to then reach back and snap that one.
A drawing will be held on Friday morning, August 8.