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Date: 3/2/10 1:07 PM

I don't know that I've ever put much thought into aprons until I saw the 50's apron exhibit at the American Textile History Museum. With the upcoming PatternReview meet up at the museum on Saturday March 13th maybe it's time I DID put some thought into it! We're encouraging everyone who comes to bring an apron that they've sewn or even something from their collection.

I started looking at reviews and patterns on PatternReview and in my research found choices galore! After looking though pages and pages of them I thought I'd share my findings with you.

Retro Diva!
These patterns fall under what I consider vintage or vintage inspired. We'll see a lot of these at the Textile Museum next Saturday. These frilly representations can be adorned and dressed up or down as much as you like. Aprons don't have to be boring!

Butterick 5435
McCall's 5643
Simplicity 4282



Fun and Funtional

The aprons in this category mean business and are somewhat unisex in shape. They're well suited to the backyard barbeque or kneading bread and should stand up to wash after wash. This style is likely found in almost every household and there's a reason for that!

Kwik Sew 2191
Kwik Sew 3613
Kwik Sew 2311


Domestic Goddess!
Amy Butler may have said it best when she called her apron “Domestic Goddess”. These evoke memories of a cabin in the woods, the sun kissed scent of long prairie grass carried through an open door on a warm summer day. This is my favorite style. They are funky AND Functional! What's not to love?

Amy Butler Domestic Goddess
Montessory by Hand - The Emmeline Apron
Kwik Sew 3686


Me, I am making The Emmeline Apron! This also gives me an excuse to buy fun quilting cottons so why not? So tell me, which one would you pick?


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Date: 3/2/10 1:09 PM

Oh goodie, this could be a fun thread! I have the Simplicity pattern, & I've been searching for the perfect material for it. Decades of Style also has an apron pattern; I think I saw it reviewed here.

I don't normally wear an apron, but if I had one I absolutely loved I would find more reasons to wear it!

I look forward to seeing what folks have done :)

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Date: 3/3/10 8:00 AM

I love aprons! Just found a new magazine at AC Moore
(apron·ology) aprons with attitude
very pricey $14.99 but lots of cute ideas so I went for it. I'll bring it to the museum if anyone would to see it.

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Date: 3/3/10 9:08 AM

I'd love to see it!

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Date: 3/3/10 10:57 AM

Oh! You have hit upon one of my passions!
I have the Emmeline and the Simplicity patterns. And many more not listed here. There are sooo many truly cute apron patterns out there. Most of the ones I gravitate toward are vintage so I often go pattern hunting on etsy and ebay.

I've had an Emmeline cut out and waiting to be sewn up for awhile. Thanks for the reminder. Off to sew.

PJ

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Date: 3/3/10 4:47 PM

I've got one apron I use that someone made for me several years ago. Never made an apron...

And then I ran across this blog... and now I want to make aprons. Like I needed another thing to start sewing!

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Date: 3/3/10 5:22 PM

What a find!!! LOVE that site! My apron(s) just moved up near the top of my priority sewing list

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Date: 3/3/10 7:10 PM

I love aprons too. They're fun to sew and sometimes you just want a quick and easy project. My new favorite is Mary Mulari's Reversible Wrap apron. Photo is here

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Date: 3/3/10 9:11 PM

I made the Emmaline apron for my sister--it is a great apron pattern. I need to make one for myself one of these days, it is a very stylish apron.

I picked up the tamari apron for $1 at a pattern sale and want to make it soon as well.
-- Edited on 3/3/10 9:12 PM --

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Date: 3/4/10 10:43 AM

Free apron patterns

Also Wild Ginger's Vintage Wild Things has aprons.

Okay, I've never made any, but I have all the instructions downloaded onto my computer along with the WG program.

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