The “I like a little 70’s in my kitchen!” Apron & Dress | Casey Sew
Fabric: Vintage floral cotton – small remnant from inherited stash – $0, Check quilting cotton – 1.5m, $15, black textured poly – 2m,$50.
Patterns: Apron- self drafted, Dress – Burda Style
Notions: invisible zipper, $2.50, scrap bias binding $0
Time to complete: 10hrs including drafting time
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? yes! – though probably not at the same time!
Total Cost: ~ $67.50
So I now have a folder on my hardrive entitled ‘Apron Ideas’… didn’t see that one coming! You see, I don’t have a vintage apron pattern in my stash and I wasn’t in love with any of the free ones available online. I even asked my Grandma to call up all her friends to see if they had one I could borrow.. I thought this was a genius idea and that I would soon have stacks of patterns to choose from. I was wrong! they came up with zilch! Apparently they all just drafted their own. Well who am I to argue with that I thought, and set about collecting images of aprons that I could use as my inspiration. And collect I did. 50 images in total. It was quite the task to narrow down the selection. So this was my inspiration.. I forgot to note what year it was.. but I’m guessing 50’s maybe? I loved the ruffle neck and hem.. but I decided to make the hem ruffles go all the way up the side, and I had to have a sash waist.. with a bow. I’m such a girl!
Making the pattern turned out to be pretty easy. I used the sash pattern from my ‘stashbusting’ dress, but made two joins towards the back instead of one join in the middle. The rest is just rectangles and rectangles with rounded edges. My neck ruffle didn’t turn out quite as my inspiration. It’s a bit flat. I need to lengthen the pattern piece so that I can make it ‘rufflier’. It was total luck that I had a scrap of yellow bias binding the right length for the neck that just happened to be a perfect match for my vintage floral. But that is where the thrifting ended on this project I’m afraid. Why is it that when you need to go out and purchase something specific (like a contrast fabric for the floral, and black fabric for the dress.) does it always end up costing so much more?! Some sort of murphy’s law I’m sure. Not to mention I’d never realised how much fabric can get eaten up in ruffles and sashes.
But.. that said. I love my apron! in all it’s yellowy/orange glory. I really feel like I need a 70’s kitchen to go with it. (note.. I picked out my bangle a couple of years ago because it reminded me of a 70’s kitchen.)
The burda style dress in theory was going to be a snap. I mean, how long could it take?. it only has 3 bodice pieces and a rectangular skirt. Well it took me a while. Mainly because I decided to make a muslin of the bodice to check that it would fit. It didn’t. darn. So I had to alter the pattern. I traced one size for the bust dart and the shoulder seam (I have a short torso) and then traced the next size up for the armhole and side seam. The neck opening was also far to big for me. (my cup does not runneth over) So I made a 2cm dart on either side of the neck, taped them closed, then slashed the existing dart to transfer the excess from the neck, to the waist dart. problem solved! The bodice now fits perfectly. I wasn’t super happy about the long darts ending right on bust point. I tried to shorten them, but it wasn’t working out for me, so I left them long and thankfully the the textured fabric hides the dart seam pretty well so it doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. The fabric I used was expensive – $25/m. But isn’t it pretty?! It’s very heavy, maybe it was meant to be upholstery.. but in any case has made for the perfect winter dress. The added bonus when it came to handstitching the hem (which I never do by the way!) was that the fabric had some sort of double weave, so you could be as clumsy with the stitches as you liked and they never showed through! yay.
A big thank-you to my Mum.. who spent most of her visit today babysitting, simultaneously stitching the hem with me, and also photographing the end result. I love you Mum!
And another big thank-you to Sarah – who let me fill in for her this week!