This Vintage Apron Pattern Free and tutorial is sponsored by Fabric.com. The pattern and the words however are my own. I confess I have a weakness for frilly throwback aprons. The Vintage style that has fun details, curves and ruffles that transform a plain apron into a addition to your outfit. While most of my tutorials are beginner friendly this tutorial is geared toward an intermediate sewist.
For this project you will need:
3 yards of fabric “A” for this fabric I used Michael Miller’s Holiday Row Oh Ho No Aqua
1.5 Yards of Fabric “B” for this fabric I used Michael Miller Holiday Row Holiday Ho Red
1 package of extra wide double fold bias tape (4 yards)
1 package of single fold bias tape
1 large button 1 to 2 inches
Sewing Essentials (Thread, Scissors, Pins, etc)
Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat
Fleece Fun’s free pattern (available at the end of the post)
Step 1 – Cut out the free pattern
Print up the free pattern (you can get assembly instructions here).
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Cut one of the apron bottom skirt from fabric A.
Using your Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat cut out the following:
From Fabric A cut 2 strips that are 26″ by 40″ for the ties
From Fabric B cut 2 strips that are 5″ by 24″
From Fabric B cut 6 strips that are 4″ by 40″ (for the ruffle – which is optional, but I confess I like it)
Once you have those cut out it’s time to sew.
Step 2 – Make the Vintage Apron Top Skirt
Finish the sides and bottom of the skirt with the bias tape.
Finish all the edges of the pockets with bias tape.
Place the pocket and topstitch into place.
Step 3 – Make the bottom skirt to the apron.
With right sides together, Pin the ruffle to the sides and bottom of the skirt. Place the single fold bias tape with the right side facing down and unfold the tape and line up the edge of the ruffle, tape and skirt. Sew through all the layers using the crease of the bias tape closest to the edge as the seam guide.
Once sewn, flip the ruffle down and have the single dole tape cover the seam and raw edges. Top stitch the Single fold tape into place.
If desired add the baby pom pom trim and top stitch into place.
Step 4 – Make the Bodice
Take one of the bodice pieces.
Line up the top of the bodice decor with the neckline of the bodice. Pin down. Top stitch down along the inside edge of the bias tape ( this will give it a more three dimensional look).Top stitch the baby pom pom trim in place.
Place the other bodice piece on top (right sides together). Pin, sew together using a .5 inch seam allowance (this can be modified to a .25 inch seam allowance if you want to make the bodice bigger (for a size 14 up).Trim the seam allowance and notch the curves.Turn right side out and press. Top stitch around the outside.
Step 5 – Make the Waist and Ties
Finish the edges to the ties with a baby hem and cut to a point if desired.
Place the two ties right sides together Then place the ties on either side. Gather the ends of the ties so they come in 1/2 inch from the top and bottom.
Sew either side with a .5 inch seam allowance, catching the ends of the ties in the seam, stoping .5 from the top of the waist on each seam.
Step 6 – Bring it all together
Gather the vintage apron skirt top and bottom. Gather the bottom so is it the same length as the waist ( fabric B) and gather the top so it’s the same width as the bodice. Center the top skirt on the bottom skirt.Take the waist loop that you mad and place the gathered apron skirts in between the loop, ( making a sort of sandwich) with the ties on either side. Pin the layer together and sew down using a .5 inch seam allowance. (Note make sure that if the fabric is directional it is going the right way)
(Note make sure that if the fabric is directional it is going the right way when you flip it up)
Now it’s time to add the bodice. Flip the waistband up turning it right side out. Centering the bodice on the waistband, place the front side facing down and pin it in place and sew on, sew ONLY through the top side of the loop ( NOT the back of the loop)
Flip the bodice up. Use the pre ironed crease as a guide and have the bodice and the fabric flip down. Use the pre ironed crease on the back side of the fabric also flip down to make a nice finished edge. Top stitch along the edge of the fabric through all the layers bringing the front and the back of the waist and bodice together, and finishing off the apron.
You’ve just completed the Vintage Apron Pattern Free Tutorial.