Thursday, April 1, 2010

Housewife Apron Tutorial


I can admit it, I'm a kid toting, school volunteering, carpool driving mom. I pretty much fit the stereotype of a housewife on every level. I saw an apron through etsy and it appealed to me on so many levels. The more I studied it, the more I knew that I was a housewife and this apron sealed the deal.

I love aprons and wear them all the time. My mom always wears an apron, my grandma always wears an apron, and now it's my turn. I'm also a messy cook, so wearing half aprons, while cute and adorable, doesn't keep my clothes clean. Usually, though, by dinner time they aren't clean anyways, but that's a whole nother post. So, I like my aprons to cover the top part. I also don't like to always think about sucking it in, you know, at least I hope you know. So I loved that this one didn't tie around my waist.





Anyways, I've made several aprons, and shared them on my blog. This is no exception - except I'm going to try to explain how I did it. I was kind of hesitant if it would turn out and just kind of hacked away, but I'll do my best. The instructions are very sketchy - but hopefully you get the gist.
I cut 2- 5 1/2" x 22" strip for the top bodice. I cut a 24"x 44" rectangle for the apron skirt. I gathered the skirt onto the bottom of the bodice strip.


Next, I cut 4" x 22" strips for the straps. I folded them in half, sewed them, turned them right side out, and top stitched the edges. I found the middle of apron bodice, measured over about 4" on each side and pinned the strip, right sides together. I wish I had brought them closer together, though. You could sew the straps, but I didn't yet. I lined up the other bodice strip, and sewed the top, making a liner. So I had it laying down in this order: The apron with the gathered bodice, the straps, and then the liner.

I turned the liner to the wrong side, and pressed under 1/4" to the bottom. Then I pinned it over the gathered seam.


For the straps that tied in the back, I cut 2 - 44" x 5" strips. I like these straps plenty long, so I can easily tie them behind my back. I folded over both the long edges 1/4" and stitched it. Then, I just stuffed the straps into the side openings of the bodice and pinned.
Next, I top stitched around the bodice. This encloses everything.
Next, I tried it on, and threw the shoulder straps over my shoulders. I had guessed where the hit the straps that tied in the back and pinned them. You see the strap that looks like a bag handle on the left of the picture below? That's where your arms go through.


My shoulder strap was a little long, so I just folded it up to make it tight like I wanted it and then stitched it.



The main apron part is done. I added pockets, because I love pockets. I just stuck my hand on a piece of fabric and measured a rectangle around it. I cut out 2. I folded each edge 1/4", and stitched the top edge down.



I put the apron back on, and marked where I wanted them. I stitched around both sides and the bottom.



Give it a good press, clip all the stray threads - and go be that house wife! I got my sister in law to model for me:







22 comments:

Letti said...

That is an adorable apron. I love that it loos almost like a shirt in the front.

Jesse said...

Very cute!

Bridget said...

I love it, very cute!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Awesome job. Super cute and love that you are wearing it over a pair of cool jeans, keeps it all young and up to date, mom and all! Janell

KC Mom said...

That turned out awesome! I'd rather you made me one though!

Emily said...

I am with you, an apron that only covers the bottom of me does not do its job in our household! I love the way it ties behind your back. Might have to add this to the project list!

Tam said...

wicked cute!

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Cute apron! And ironic, because you won my apron & clothespin giveaway! I emailed you the other day, but maybe you didn't get it? Anyway, congrats! Email me with your address so I can get it out to you.

♥ Amber

Love the Decor! said...

Adorable Love aprons too!!

italianmamachef said...

Adorable! Great tutorial and pattern. I can't wait to make one. I found you from The Apronista.

jenjen said...

That is just adorable Laurel! You are such a sewing whiz!

Cute!

XOXO
Jen

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It's so cute, Laurel! Housewives loud and proud. ;)

Rae said...

I'm really looking forward to sewing this up- and having an apron that will fit comfortably over the baby bump!

Laurel H. said...

How clever are you, just whipping up your own pattern for a fancy apron. :) Love it! I have an Etsy set of nothing but aprons; do you by chance put pix of all your aprons in one place? I'd love to see them all.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is seriously adorable. I love it. I totally agree about having full aprons. The one half-apron I own is never used because it's totally useless. Cute, but useless.

Damaris said...

This is so beautiful, I love aprons and this is a new fav.

Jill said...

This is so cute! I love putting on my apron when I want to feel like a real housewife. :)

Erica said...

So sweet. I was just looking online for a few ideas. I need to make an apron tonight for a friends birthday and was looking for some new ideas. I love this. Thanks for sharing.

Erica said...

I posted my version of this apron. Thanks for the inspiration. I can't wait to make this for a little girl using your type straps.
http://marvinanderica.blogspot.com/2010/05/its-still-there.html

Jess said...

Hey there! I featured your apron tutorial on my blog today!

http://theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com/2011/03/apron-tutorial-round-up.html

Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

Jess

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Wow!!! awesome! I like it very much! I'll surelly make it too :)

tinalimom said...

Great Job...Very Cute Apron :)

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