Hot! The “As you like it” Apron | Adey Lim

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Fabric: 2.5 metres black linen with black embriodery from Shanghai $11.60, 2 metres poly lining $3, 1 yard Patty Young fabric $6 on sale from Moopie Fabric, 1.5 metres pink/orange polka dot fabric $7 from chinatown and scraps
Pattern: McCall's 1877 and Burda Magazine 02/2011/101
Year: c.  1954 for the apron
Notions: Buttons, zipper, lace, ribbons and ric racs $1.40 
Time to complete: 5.5 hours for apron and 4 hours for the dress

Wear again? The dress- yes, but only with a thick bright colored belt. The apron- the next time I bake!

Total Cost: ~$29

I smiled as I saw Mena's post on the Kiss the Cook theme. It's the exact pattern I chose to use for this week's apron project! 

To be honest I wasn't terribly excited to work on an apron as I hardly enter the kitchen these days. I used to cook and bake a lot before my girl was born and totally enjoyed it. Reading cook books (my favorites were Nigella Lawson's and Jamie Oliver's), trying on new recipes and baking were what sewing is to me. But, seeing a cute apron pattern totally spurred me on. It's from the year 1954 and came with an interesting bib. I imagined that with a cheerful print it would look really lovely and flattering over a black dress. I used a pink and orange polka dot and mixed it with a bright green flora print.

Neither did I plan to venture into an ambitious project since I thought I wouldn't be using the apron I have made. However, after reading the instructions, I somehow didn't fancy the idea of having an apron finished with turned in side seams and all round the bib so I made the decision of making it totally reversible. Two looks in one. Used as you like it. I had to totally not refer to the instructions of the pattern and use the techniques I had learnt from making my gal's reversible dresses.

Here's the more subtle reverse side. 


When I bought the black linen used for the dress, it was near the rolls end. The lady asked if I wanted the extra bit on the roll and was willing to give that to me free as it didn't come with any embroidery. Using the rolls end and left over pink/orange polka dot fabric, I embellished the reverse with some ribbons and and scraps. 


I also shortened the hem a little so that the pink and orange polka dot fabric on the other side ends up as border for this side. The most difficult part was getting the ric racs on both sides of the apron waistband to match and sewn back to back.

The burda dress was pretty easy to put together and I did so without referring to the instructions. I used a black embroidery fabric from my stash. The dress turned out all right, not exactly flattering at the waist. This is my first black dress sewn and I think I would only wear this with a thick bright belt. I just have a thing for more vibrant colors and prints and suffered from color incongruency when I put it on.  


Having said that, I do love the black embroidery on the dress and managed to match them on the side seams.

IMG_0388After finishing my Pendrell Blouse (my last UFO! Yay!) and loving how the prints matched, I'm totally into matching them now! I didn't like the idea of cutting the back bodice pieces separately especially when the zipper is on the side, so I cut it on the fold instead.

My hubby has been asking for the Dense Chocolate Cake, one of my best discoveries from the 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' book. We have purchased all the necessary ingredients but I have just been feeling too lazy to bake. This apron might very well be the push I need to revisit my 'old flame'-baking- once again. Now, to decide which side to use…


More photos and info on Behind the Seams this week if you are interested! Have a great weekend!


Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.


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  1. Once again Adey you have presented something amazing! I love the way you use colour and patterns – much braver than me. The fabric you chose for your dress is gorgeous as well. I’m zooming over to your blog to see what tips you used to get everything matching so well.

  2. Wow! That is beyond fabulous that you made a reversible apron! You’ll have to do a tutorial on that…I would love to learn how to make some reversible garments! The apron is so cute and I love the fabrics you choose. The dress also looks really good on you! Great job!

  3. Wow Wow Wow!!!! you’ve just blown me away. The apron is amazing and I can’t believe you matched the embroidery pattern on the side of your dress. Way to step it up Adey!

  4. So adorable as always! I love the reversible apron. I love your fabric choices so cool and hip. The dress would be so much fun with a bright belt or sash. I always enjoy your creations!

  5. gosh you have been busy! both aprons are bright and sunny, you look great. also the burda dress is also a sucsess!

  6. margueritedesigns

    This has to be my favourite – the colours are good enough to eat! Love the green fabric.

  7. That is amazing that you matched up the embroidery on the side! And a reversible apron? Girl, you’re on fire this week.

  8. Amazing!! I love how you matched the embroidery on the side! The apron really pops with color. Reversible aprons are great….two for the price of one!! Great job!

  9. Wow Adey! You showed up and showed out with a reversible apron and an embroidered dress! You did a fabulous job, very inspiring!

  10. Your apron(s) are so cute! Adorable in fact! Your dress is just lovely! It all makes me smile! So very pretty! Love your cuckoo clock in the background, adds to the overall fun! So well done!

  11. You are so talented!! I love the two-sided apron! I have a thing for aprons and this one is wonderful.

  12. You are a genius! I can’t believe how incredible this apron is. It is beautiful both sides. The dress is beautiful and you look lovely in it, no belt needed. What really blows me away is how you matched the embroidery pattern.
    (I hope you make the cake for you husband I know he will love it.)

  13. Beautiful apron and you look beautiful…Hope that chocolate cake turns out wonderful for hubby..

    I love the style of apron, and your modern colours (on both sides!) are superb! I think I prefer the black and red side (my fave colours!) the best! But such a great idea!

  15. Thanks sweet! I still can't decide which side I like better though the non black side seems to photograph better. Glad you like the idea!

  16. Haha…it's still in the pipeline but I really want to get it baked soon. Thank you so much for the sweet comment and have a great weekend Judy!

  17. Aw, thanks so much Sue! Am so glad you like the apron on both sides and I'm thrilled I matched the embroidery too! I'll be baking soon, I hope!

  18. Thank you so much Jessie! Love the vintage simplicity pattern you found too (the one with the collared red dress)! How I wish we have vintage shops selling patterns and laces here too.

  19. Aw, thank you so much Cathe for encouraging me! Am thrilled you like them all. The cuckoo clock unfortunately is no longer in working as it was meant to, thank goodness the clock is still on time but no more hourly chirping. BTW, I am in love with so many of the photos of structures and landscapes you have posted on your blog, they look amazing!

  20. Thank you so much Kimmoy! I'm so glad you found them inspiring!

  21. Thank you so much Mary!  I really enjoyed making the apron(s) and dress and I think it also took less time to finish the reversible apron compared to making two of them. Yay!

  22. Thank you Lisette! I'm so amazed that you found so many half size vintage patterns…to be honest i didn't even know they existed. How exciting, am gonna look them through!

  23. Aw Margueritedesigns! You truly made my day!

  24. Thanks so much Charlotte! Busy week indeed!

  25. Thank you so much Rebecca! I'm already on my lookout for a bright belt, hopefully something vintage.kekeke.

  26. Thanks so much Casey Sew! I wasn't sure if the side of the dress was gonna match but just decided to give it a try and it did! What a thrill! 

  27. Thanks Debi! Sorry I was too busy with this project to actually take shots to document the process but I'll see what I can do if I create something else reversible in future. It's actually not too difficult but pretty fulfilling.

  28. Thank you so much Debbie! I was too busy to take shots and document the process this time but will try and do that next time. Have a great weekend!

  29. It’s so beautiful Adey! Love the reversible design and the dress is gorgeous!

  30. Thanks Sarah! Missed seeing your creation this week and looking forward to seeing next week's! Blessed weekend!

  31. Ah but the clock is such a nice prop! It just adds that extra touch of fun even if it doesn’t keep time.
    Thank you for your kind thoughts on my blog. I love photography and find I walk a balance between sewing and picture taking!

  32. the reverse on this is mind blowing!