A Vintage Apron Clone

I’ve always loved vintage aprons, particularly the ones from the 1920s-1930s.  They are roomy, comfortable, cover a large area and don’t have strings to tie.  I’ve bought patterns in antique shops and online, but none of them was exactly what I wanted.  Recently, I noticed a vintage apron hanging in an antique store booth.  It seemed to be exactly the style I wanted.  I tried it on before leaving the store so I knew I had a good fit and bought it for $8 – less than most patterns.

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to cut it apart to get the pattern and I was lucky that there were only three pieces to cut – front, back and pocket – so I could easily trace around the apron onto tissue paper.

The apron was easy to assemble, using 2 packages of rickrack for the edges.

The original apron was of a thin white cotton fabric with narrow binding and beautiful embroidery.

I wanted a serviceable apron to wear to cook and clean up, and chose some remnant pieces that would stand up well in the kitchen.,

The only changes I made were to shorten the apron, make the neckline round, and to make a bigger pocket.

For $8, I still have a beautiful vintage apron to wear on special occasions and I have a very sturdy clone to put on tonight when I get ready to cook supper.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “A Vintage Apron Clone”

  1. Beautiful aprons! I do not believe that I have ever seen a “no tie” apron like these. I am going to have to make one for myself. I have some vintage embroidered tablecloths that are damaged that would work well. Wonderful post… 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comments and for introducing me to your blogs. I especially like the Pumpkin Hollow Primitives blog and have started reading through your posts. I liked the one about the vintage coffeepots. Lillian

  2. I cannot believe the apron was only $8. You did such a great job! And, I really love your pocket. The apron pockets I used to make were oversized too-why have a skinny pocket?

  3. That is adorable! I cannot believe you only paid $8…score!! I love all things vintage, especially aprons and fabrics from the 20’s and 30’s.
    I have a quilt from that era and love the fabrics so much I am using “reproduction” fabrics for my new Birthday Quilt. Bee well and happy sewing 🙂

  4. I love your aprons, too, Lillian- I know you know that I love old aprons as well. But I have never seen a no-tie one before. I wonder if my girlfriend who sews could make one like these?

    Also love your granite ware covered cake dish–enjoyed seeing all the Dutch things. You have a great collection. And I have yet to figure out how to post so many photographs with an article. Thanks for sharing. – Sandy@sandychatter.

    1. Thank you for visiting and for your comments. I’m sure if your friend sews, she could make this apron pretty much by looking at it. If I ever get around to drafting a pattern that is usable, I’ll send it to you. I personally prefer no-tie aprons and always admired the 1930s ones.

      WordPress makes it easy for me to post photographs – I wouldn’t have any idea how to do it on my own. Lillian

  5. Any chance of sharing your pattern? I am unable to reach behind to tie and apron and am always hunting for no tie versions that go on easily. This one looks ideal AND I agree you did an awesome job on your clone! Thanks for this post!

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