The “Not Exactly an Apron” Wrap

I submitted this one back in November for the apron challenge, but it’s been languishing in the “pending” folder and never got posted.  So, in the spirit of Re-Doing, I’m Re-posting and hoping it will get published!



HAHAHAH  Sorry for the crappy photos this week and for disguising myself with a Dia de los Muertos sugar skull.  Believe me, the skull looks more lively that I did when I took these quick snap shots at about midnight last night, just before I took the scissors to my creation.  Full story below.

The Facts:

  • Fabric:  Vintage cotton blend from charity shop ~$4? (it’s 4m and they usually charge $1/m)
  • Pattern: McCall’s Sample Butcher Apron = $0.69
  • Year:  1975
  • Notions: none
  • First worn: Not
  • Wear again?:  Ummm…no.
  • Total cost:  $4.69? I’m getting worse at estimating the cost as I move deeper into my stash of fabric  and further back in time.

I don’t need any more aprons.  We have a family member who has made some beautiful western and Japanese style aprons for us, and they should do for many years.  I have had this apron dress pattern kicking around here for a couple of years and it’s close enough to an apron to qualify, I figure.

I remember everybody had apron dresses back in the mid-late ’70s. Does anyone have the backstory of this pattern?  There is no number, just “sample” written across it.  Was it a free in-store promotion?  Did anyone sew this in 1975?

One warning:  the bodice is drafted quite flat.  I mean, I’m an A cup on a good day, so I cut a petite bodice, and the sides still gape open on me, revealing a little too much side boob for my liking (and probably anyone else’s, except my man, who helped me take a good look at it from every angle.) I guess that if you had big hooters, they would kind of hold the bodice firmly in place, but then you’d get a big eyefull on the side.

Because it’s backless, you can’t wear a bra, so you really want a good tight fit to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions.  It’s too bad, because the back view is quite flattering, if you ignore the free show:

I’ve tried putting another dart in there in front of the arm, but because of the curve, it makes the seam uneven.  I also toyed with a little elastic running for 20cm or so under the arm, but that looked a bit too Becky Homecky and I picked it out.

Meh, they can’t all be winners, can they?  I’m looking on the bright side:  It will become a very nice 1/2 circle skirt and separate bustier top in the near future!



Vicki used to sew when she was young and free, but then raising young'uns and bringing home (some of) the bacon took up all her time. Now her closet is full of skinny clothes, maternity clothes and post-partum clothes, none of which fit properly. Maybe that's why she started sewing again in 2010.