I pieced and stitched this cute vintage-inspired apron the other morning. The clearance-rack skull print has been sitting in my fabric coffer for 3+ years and a two hour project translated to instant gratification.
I went pattern-less for this sewing project, so first I took stock of my existing aprons to check for size, length, and general bodice shape. I knew I wanted a vintage-y gathered skirt, so it would be a two-piece construction (skirt separate from bodice.)
For the skirt, I just cut a 20″ strip off the bottom of my fabric (about 42″ wide), hemmed the bottom and sides and gathered the top.
I traced a quick bodice pattern onto newsprint using an existing apron as guide, modifying it for a sweetheart neckline. I added some darts for shaping, and grosgrain ribbon for waist and neck straps. I have two layers of ribbon sandwiching the raw bodice and skirt edges for strength and tidiness, what is an apron if not sturdy and neat?