for Kitchen Success
Whens the last time you thought
about dressing up for kitchen detail? If youre like me, the
thought probably hasnt ever entered your mind. When I have
kitchen work to do, I put on the old duds and maybe top things off
with a corny barbecue apron.
But television housewives in the fifties
knew how to bring glamour to cooking! Not only were they well dressed
in the kitchen; they had a full wardrobe of fancy aprons for added
flair. Maybe youre not ready to wear heels and pearls as you
toil over a hot stove, but you can add instant sartorial style to
your time in the kitchen with our easy-to-make, fifties style apron.
Many thanks to my dear, sweet Mom for designing this pattern that
is custom-sized to fit!
Two yards of 45" material (Cotton,
or cotton blends work best. You can use up any leftover fabric by
making potholders to match!)
One yard of contrasting color material
Pencil or chalk for marking material
Hand sewing needle for finishing touches
Rick-rack or other trim if desired
1. Take skirt measurements. To determine
width, measure around your hips and add one inch for hems. To determine
length, measure from waist to knee and add one two inches for hem.
Cut out skirt. If your fabric has white edges (without the pattern)
do not include them in your measurements.
2. Take bib measurements. To determine
length, measure from approximately the place where your bra strap
meets the cup of your bra to your waist and add an inch for hemming.
To determine width, measure from bra strap to bra strap and add
an inch for hemming. Cut out bib.
3. Measure sash. Sash should be 3"
wide and length is up to you; measure around your waist and add
30". You may need to cut two pieces and sew them together to
create a long enough sash. Cut out sash from contrasting fabric
if you like.
4. Measure strap. Strap should be 2
1/2" wide and long enough to reach from the point where one
bra strap meets the cup, around behind your neck and over to the
point where the other bra strap meets the cup. Add 2" for attaching
to bib. Cut out strap from contrasting fabric if you like.
5. Measure pocket by measuring width
and length of your hand and creating a square that will accommodate
both, adding 1" all around for hemming. Cut out pocket from
contrasting fabric if you like.
6. Fold strap in half lengthwise and
fold raw, long ends up about 1/4". Press and sew together,
as seen here:
7. Hem or bind all four sides of the
pocket. Nows the time to sew on any rick-rack, binding material,
or other decoration.
8. Hem or bind all four sides of the
bib, folding in 1/4" and then folding in another 1/4"
on each side and stitching to create a rolled hem.
9. Press skirt. Hem sides of skirt,
folding in 1/4" of fabric and pressing, and then folding
in another 1/4" to create a rolled hem. Hem bottom of skirt,
folding and pressing in 1/4" of fabric and then folding
in again 3/4" of fabric to create a rolled hem. Sew across
top of skirt about 1/2" in along raw edge. Carefully pull bottom
thread) to create gathers to desired width. Adjust gathers
to make them even.
10. Hold apron up to your waist and
determine best pocket placement. Sew pocket onto skirt.
11. Stitch bib to skirt with wrong
sides facing. Be sure to center bib on skirt, as seen here:
12. Fold over and press long edges
of sash about 1/4". Fold sash in half lengthwise with raw edges
inside. Topstitch long folded edges together, as with the strap.
Pin sash to right side of apron so that the sash is centered at
the middle of the front of the skirt. Sew both edges of sash to
apron. The sash will cover up the waist seam, as seen here:
13. Tuck raw ends of sash inside it
about 1/2" and handstitch across each end.
14. Attach strap to wrong side of bib,
sewing on in an x pattern and then creating a square around the
you're cooking with gas!