Vintage Style Frilly Apron Tutorial
It feels good to be logging into the website to do a sewing tutorial instead of the adminstrator tasks.
I did promise the vintage style frilly apron tutorial before I jaunted off to Bruges for my Easter holibobs. Bruges was gorgeous and lived up to the promises…but that’s another blog post. 🙂
So here goes. My apron pattern has been tweaked and adapted over time to get the best use of the fabric with no waste. This tutorial is the final version to date. This was a very popular workshop at my ‘wee shop’ in the Craft Village; but as the ‘wee shop’ will be going online I thought it would be a great idea to share my workshops as online tutorials instead. I hope you agree!
First things first. You will need: One fat quarter for the apron front. One fat quarter for the lining. One half metre of contrast fabric. The contrast fabric is cut into 4 strips x the width of the fabric.
Cut off the selvedge edges from the strips of fabric. You will now have 4 strips of 110cm x 12.5cm (approx). Sew two strips together. This will give you one long strip of 220cm x 12.5cm. Do the same again for the remaining two strips. One strip will be the band and ties of the apron. The other strip will be for your frill. Press these strips in half lengthwise.
Following the instructions on the photograph below. Cut both the apron front and the lining in the same way; using the same measurements.
To construct the pocket: Trim the pocket piece of fabric and lining back to 40cm x 16.5cm. With the fabric folded in half; (20cm x 16.5cm), use a saucer to round the corner.
Open out the fabric and with right sides together, sew around the two sides and bottom with a standard quarter inch seam (approx 0.65cm), leaving the top open. Snip the rounded corners up to the stitching line without cutting your stitches. Turn right side out and press the pocket seams. Turn under the top edge and press. Top stitch along the edge that you have pressed.
Fold your apron front in half to find the centre (approx. 25cm x 38.5cm), and press this fold. Do the same with the pocket.
Open out the apron front and pocket after you have pressed them. Mark approx. 10cm from the top edge of the apron front. Position the pocket by matching up the two centre folds that you have just pressed, ensuring that the top edge of the pocket is straight along the 10cm that you have marked. Pin in place. Sew around the sides and bottom edge. Sew a line of stitching down the centre line of the pocket to create two small pockets.
Next up is attaching the frill to the apron front. Along the bottom edge of the apron front, from the centre line that you pressed mark 5cm out from either side of this centre. Mark another 5cm from the ‘5cm mark’. repeat this until you reach the edge of the rounded corner.
Find the centre of the frill (the seam, where the two pieces were sewn). Match the centre line of the apron (where you pressed) with the centre of the frill, and pin in place. On the frill mark 10cm out from either side of the centre seam. Match this 10cm with the 5cm and pin. Repeat this until you reach the edge of the rounded corner. Stop at the corners along the bottom edge. The photograph below shows what your work should look like.
Now, you will create the pleats on the side of the apron. Beginning at the top on the side edge, repeat what you did along the bottom edge. On the apron front, mark 5cm intervals until you reach the edge of the rounded corner. Take the edge of the frill and mark 10cm from this edge. Match and pin as before.
You can now pleat the corners. These will be tiny knife pleats. Ensure that the fabric on the apron front remains flat at you pin and pleat; matching the edge of the frill with the apron front.
Once you have the frill pinned into place, sew a scant quarter inch seam to hold the frill to the front of apron. Fold and pleat the frill fabric as you sew. Take out your pins as you go. Your work should look like the photograph below.
Next up is attaching the lining. Once you have the frill fabric sewn in place. Sandwich it between the apron front and the lining. Lay the lining fabric on top, right sides together. Line up the edges of the fabric and ensure that the frill is laying flat. Sew a half inch seam (about 1.30cm), around the two sides and bottom edge. Leave the top edge open. Trim the excess fabric from the seam. Turn the apron out the right way and press.
To attach the band and ties: Press under a quarter inch (0.65cm) from each side (lengthwise) of the remaining contrast strips of fabric that you sewed at the beginning of the tutorial. Line up the edges and press along the centre (lengthwise). Match the centre seam of the band with the centre line of the apron. Sandwich the top edge of the apron into the band. Pin in place. Turn under the edges of the band to create points for the ties.
Sew a scant quarter inch seam from one point of the tie, along the band until you reach the end point of the tie.
…and we’re done! As always, I’d be delighted to explain further any step of this tutorial. So please feel free to ask questions; or send a PM to the Facebook page. I tend to run away with myself sometimes 🙂
Thanks a million for sticking to the end of the tutorial. If you use the tutorial, I’d love to see your photos. Feel free to post them to the Facebook page which is here.