DIY Sewing:
Making A Basic Apron

This is the very first apron I made (for my daughter)...

The main piece of fabric is actually a curtain panel (circa 1940's)...

The scalloped bottom piece was cut from a vintage pillow case - pre-1960...

All of the lace and the center crocheted piece is also vintage that I picked up from an antique shop.

At the top left hand area of the photo you see a trio of crocheted flowers with rhinestone buttons... I purchased those - I can't crochet to save my life - I want to give it another try...I'll keep you posted.

I used McCall's Pattern 3979 View A for this apron.

Here's a few additional photos that provide close up detail on the vintage pieces I picked up from a local antique mall.

This second apron was also from the McCalls 3979 Pattern, View C..and it was also sent to my daughter.

I spent a day trying to create a fabric flower...and finally was successful. I created my own pattern and process...

Here's a link to the Apron Flower Tutorial.  A few photos of the finished product are posted below. 

Here's my latest apron. The fabric used is a Japanese import from the Echino line and is available in the U.S.  I picked up this fabric while shopping in the Japanese textile district during my  visit to Tokyo, Japan.

Here's a bit of a distraction from the subject at hand, but if you're interested, you can check out my blog posts from this wonderful visit to Tokyo.

Japanese Tea Garden

Tokyo Metro Station

Japanese food is art on your plate

Buddhist Temple in Japan

Japanese container plants

A recipe inspired by my trip to Japan …  Miso Soup

I just love this fabric! Très Française n'est pas? I found this Parisian print at Hart's Fabric online.

There you have it … basic aprons sewn from a basic pattern and embellished with fabric flowers and rhinestone buttons.  I was able to easily create an apron from start to finish inside of a few hours.

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