"You're the talk of the bridge club in these snappy aprons."
I finally have my sewing groove back! To kick things off here is an apron made from Butterick 6743. According to the Vintage Pattern Wiki, this pattern was sold in 1953. I bought my copy from Etsy last year in factory fold condition. It is hard to imagine how the pattern had not been used until for over 50 years as it's just too darn cute!
The pattern asks for one yard of fabric and five yards of bias binding. There are four pattern pieces: front section (cut 1), side section (cut 2), waist band (cut 1) and tie ends (cut 2). I selected a medium weight cotton fabric in a retro print that I thought would be perfect as a half apron. To set it off I paired it with a musky pink bias binding. I sewed up View C (original pattern photo at end of post) in only a couple of hours.
"Saucer patterns with novel loop holes."
The curved edges were finished with bias binding making finishing these seam a breeze. I sewed the waist band to the apron panels using a French seam, and double folded all the tie edges to give a nice neat look and to make the bands slightly sturdier. Here are a few shot of the underside of the apron.
Now I worry it is too cute to use! Can one wear an apron as a fashion accessory?
And finally, here is the original pattern in all its glory...
I have about a dozen sewing projects floating around my head at the moment. I have a few meters of Liberty Betsy and Mauverine just asking to become summer blouses. Then to top it off Gertie's book arrived and I am already tempted to make at least 5 projects from it too. This will be a busy Spring!