Guest blogger series: Flattering Flirty Apron

by kath_red on 12/03/2011

in Guest Series 2011, Whip Up Tutorials

Today I want to welcome Virginia Lindsay, from the blog Gingercake (and creator of Gingercake Patterns).

I started sewing again (like many of you!) when my kids were new and I was spending more time at home while they were napping and playing. I loved all the bright and beautiful fabrics available and I became addicted to searching for new projects all the time! I eventually found myself with many ideas of my own and I loved the process of taking that idea and turning it into a perfected pattern. I wanted to create items that were useful and thoughtful for our busy lives. Since most of us already have an almost full schedule, a day spent sewing is such a treat and I wanted to create a line of patterns would be a treat for the sewer and the person she is sewing for. My favorite feedback from people who bought aGingercake pattern is not only “we use this all the time!” but also, “i had so much fun making this!” We all know that we can buy something cute at the big box store, but creating a handmade gift is not only about who is getting the gift but about how much you enjoyed your time spent sewing.

The kids and I have been baking cookies and bread together quite a bit these days. Honestly, I am not much of a baker and especially not with my 3 kids under 6! But, the weather has been so dreary and cold, we have been in need of something special like homemade cookies. Part of our routine has been wearing our cute aprons. It has added extra fun and kids love ALL types of dress up, right? My kids have cute aprons that were gifts or part of sets, but I have been wearing some silly thin gathered waist apron (now I admit I have some of my grandma’s super cool vintage aprons but I’m not wearing those!) that has been making me feel really frumpy and not at all like the patient sweet mama who is trying to bake cookies with her fighting children with a smile on my face!

This gave me an awesome opportunity to sew up a new apron just for me! Because we all know that sewing and wearing a cute apron will insure that you never yell at your children for spilling flour all over the kitchen, right? I wanted it to be fun and flirty but also flattering. Seriously, I’ve had 3 babies and the whole tiny waistband and gathered skirt was not working for me.

This apron has a wide waistband with interfacing to give lots of structure. It makes me feel all 50s cute even when I’ve been wearing my pajama bottoms all day. I also designed it using my own measurements so that it was a flattering length and the waistband came all the way around the back. Love it! Now wouldn’t you like to make a cute flirty apron too? Here’s the pattern friends! Sew up…

Download Apron PDF pattern here.

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1 electricbluebird March 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

So sad I was not included in the list of moms and shops and bloggers who supported the mag. Long time reader of this blog (5+ years), long time commenter, one of the first to buy it. My etsy shop can always use a kind word. But it is ok.


2 kath_red March 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Hi Merrill
Email me if you want to chat :)


3 Jeni March 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

Aww, love those heart pockets!


4 Jackie March 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

My mom had a set of those blue flower sheets growing up! What a fun surprise to see a vintage sheet being used in such a fun way. Great tutorial! If I ever find my sewing machine again after our move I’ll be giving this a try :)


5 Naurael June 5, 2011 at 6:51 am

Oh… Oh my! This was just the pattern I needed! I’m about to make a Victorian-style housemaid-apron, and this is JUST the thing for it’s lower half! Would you terribly mind if I added an upper half and shared it with a German sewing community? Of course including a link to this fabulous site?

(a giddily excited) Naurael


6 Linda Lansberry September 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I f I could rename the apron it would be called Donna Reeds favorite apron, because it looks so good with pearls. Thank you this was fun. Linda Lansberry.


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