If you’re looking for an apron sewing pattern with a little retro flair that is sweet looking, fun and easy to make, this Vintage Apron Pattern is it! This darling ruffled apron pattern is a great project for beginners!
How to make an apron
I spend quite a great portion of my time in the kitchen (and I normally don’t look this scary when I hold a whisk; I promise, I’m not trying to beat the heck out of you with my kitchen utensils!). And I realized I never ever owned an apron so I thought it’s time to reward myself for all that hard, delicious work and so I made a vintage apron pattern. I’ve always admired those cute, sweet looking aprons in round-ish shapes and with lots and lots of ruffles so I thought this would be a great time to make my dreams come true.
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I also wanted this vintage apron pattern to have a little bit of a fancy look so I added a pretty wide waistband and used a crepe satin I made this Bubble Skirt from. It may sound like an odd fabric choice for an apron but I think it looks great and ads a little more vintage flair to this retro apron pattern.
I made this apron from a pretty sturdy fabric from a tablecloth I never actually got to use as it doesn’t fit my kitchen table or the interior design in my kitchen. Not even sure why I bought it, probably the color and the print got my attention. But you can use any fabric, in any pattern and color of choice, I think those ruffles would make anything look extra pretty, no matter the fabric choice.
This vintage apron pattern is pretty large as you can see, perfect for the messy cooks/bakers (as yours truly) and it covers you on the front and the sides pretty nicely. So you can enjoy being a free spirit in the kitchen! This lovely apron is available to purchase here or get it free when you join my sewing newsletter!
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Vintage Apron Pattern
- main fabric for apron pieces and straps, about 1 yard
- fabric for ruffles and belt (similar here) – 20 feet by 2 1/2″ for ruffles and 5″ by 60″ for belt
- vintage apron pattern downloadable here
- matching thread
- soft interfacing (optional) – 2 1/2″ by 60″
- bias tape (optional) I used 1/4″ bias
- sewing machine
- ruffling foot (optional)
- Start by washing, drying and ironing your fabric.
- Download your pattern pieces from here.
- Cut your fabric according to the pattern (you’ll have 1 piece for the apron top, 1 for the apron bottom and 2 for belt)
- Cut the interfacing 1/8″ narrower than the belt then fuse to the belt.
- Sew both strips of fabric for the belt, with the wrong side out, all the way around, except for about 6″. Turn the belt right side out through the opening and gently push the corners out with a poking tool that’s not too sharp. I admit this was a bit tricky and required some time for me to get it right. Close the opening with an edge stitch then steam iron the belt.
- Make the ruffles. Take a super long strip of fabric (about 20 feet long and 2 1/2″ wide) and ruffle it using your machine settings to make ruffles. If you use a Singer 1507WC which is an awesome machine for beginners, use a stitch length 4 and a thread tension at 6. Or you can go the easy way and use a ruffling foot, which will get you beautiful, even ruffles in one go. The ruffled fabric should be enough to go around the top and the bottom piece of the apron, minus the part where these join the belt.
- Take your apron top piece, place it right side out and match with the ruffled fabric as below. Pin and sew. About 1/4″ away from where you stopped sewing, cut the excess ruffled strip and use it for the bottom piece.
- Make the straps as wide and long as you want. I made mine about 1/4″ wide and 10″ long. I folded the fabric in half, then I folded each half, then folded again where I first started to fold, then sewing on the open side of the strap. Then I knotted one end.
- Decide where you want the attach the straps and make marks then attach the straps with a pin.
- Open the bias tape and place it on top of the ruffles, with one of the folds matching the stitch where you joined the apron piece and the ruffles.
- Pin in place and stitch all the way around that fold mark, making sure to remove the pin who keeps the strap attached.
- Then fold the bias tape over to the back of the apron piece (wrong side), pin and stitch with a 1/8″ seam from the open edge of the bias tape.
- Do the above steps for the bottom piece of the apron (except for the straps part).
- Take the bottom piece and ruffle about 12″ of its top edge.
- Join the bottom piece and the belt, right sides together, pin at the top and stitch; make sure to catch a bit of the ruffle.
- Fold the belt out, facing you with the right side and place the top piece of the apron, wrong side out. Pin and stitch, making sure to catch a bit of the ruffle too.
- Finish the belt seams on the inside of the apron with bias tape as above or serge or do a zig zag stitch. I did a zig zag as I was running out of time, munchkin girl had to be picked up at school. If you use bias tape, make sure to fold the ends in.
- That’s it! Your vintage apron is ready to wear and enjoy!
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