Occasionally, you discover a pattern that is simply timeless. Even though fashions continually evolve and change, the strong appeal of these designs remains and stands the test of time. Such is the case for one of my favorite apron patterns from the Retro Aprons pattern booklet from Cindy Taylor Oates of Taylor Made Designs.
In 2006, a pattern booklet for Retro Aprons was published and quickly became a very popular pattern. I especially appreciated the way Cindy used the rick rack trim to finish the edges of Apron A, my favorite version of her retro aprons pattern booklet. Here’s a brief overview of how to create a finished edge with rickrack.
1) You begin by placing rickrack next to the finished edge on the right side of the fabric and stitch through the center of rickrack with thread that matches the rickrack trim.
2) Fold under the rickrack and edge of fabric and press.
3) Using thread to match apron fabric, topstitch through all layers 1/16″ from folded fabric edge.
4) This creates a hem, where 1/2 of the rickrack will be showing.
This is such a great way to not only add a bit of color and trim to your apron, but it also finishes the edge of your apron. This method can be used in a variety of ways to finish other sewing projects as well.
As you know, I love rickrack and I’ve made dozens of aprons from this pattern. They make great gifts for your favorite hostess, a wonderful wedding gift and you can also make mother/daughter matching aprons too!
In 2007, Cindy released the “Little Retro Aprons for Kids” Pattern booklet. This pattern resized the styles from her first apron book to provide the same styles for children. It also included an adorable apron pattern for 18″ dolls.
Recently, I asked my granddaughters what they wanted for their birthdays this year.
Since they have outgrown their “Disney Frozen” aprons, they both asked if I would make them a new apron and they wanted it to look like “Mommy’s apron”, which I had made several years ago for my oldest daughter.
It just so happened, I made Alecia’s apron from the original Retro Aprons pattern and I was delighted to be able to make similar aprons for my granddaughters. I also decided to surprise them and make matching aprons for their American Girls dolls.
They each chose the fabric for their apron and it was so fun to see how the fabric they chose really fit their personalities. I had a stack of fabric for them to choose from and Belen chose the red print fabric I would have chosen for her. Eloise found a cute, more modern fabric, for her apron and I got to choose the color of the rickrack trim for each of their aprons.
On the morning of their birthday celebration (Belen and Eloise had a joint celebration with the family), the girls were delighted with their aprons. Belen chose not to have a pocket on her apron, but Eloise wanted a pocket. They were THRILLED with the matching aprons I made for their dolls and Eloise was delighted to pose with her doll in its matching apron. What a fun birthday gift for the girls and their dolls!
What spring projects have you been working on lately? It is such a great time of year to be sewing!