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Inspiring Vintage Aprons

Sep 19, 2017
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A treasure trove of vintage half aprons offers inspiration for sewing your own apron.

I recently came across a collection of seldom-used and new full or half aprons in a linen closet at my parents’ home. Many of the aprons in that pile are handmade and were given to my mother by friends and family who knew that this practical woman has worn an apron nearly every day of her adult life. The aprons’ interesting construction and pocket details may serve as inspiration for sewing your own full or half aprons, or even an entire garment.

Check out our post on how you can sew a copy of one of the full aprons found in this collection here.

Half aprons collection

A treasure trove of vintage half aprons offers inspiration for sewing your own apron.

Full white apron

This exquisite full apron with straps that cross in the back is made of a fine cotton and trimmed with cotton lace. Its pretty scalloped hem and beautiful construction make it one of my favorites from the collection.  

Reversible blue apron

A reversible two-layer blue-and-white apron with curved and bound edges features a semisheer fine white cotton on one side . . .

Reversible blue apron print side

. . . and a striking blue print on the other side. The print shows through in muted color to the white side. Each side of the apron has a wide, curved pocket with bound edges.

Reversible red apron

Another reversible apron in a slightly heavier-weight cotton has contrasting pockets on one side . . .

Reversible red apron print side

. . . as well as a wide waistband and fuller skirt. It seems perfect for wearing during the holidays in the kitchen. 

Gray-and-white striped apron

A heavier-weight cotton version features four deep pockets across the front that are made from one strip of complementary fabric. The pockets could easily hold cooking utensils, oven mitts, or pot holders. 

Handkerchief pocket apron

A delicate sheer apron has a unique pocket made from a scalloped-edge handkerchief sewn to the apron on an angle. The handkerchief’s top corner is gathered slightly into a plastic curtain ring.

White eyelet aprons

In the family for many years, these simple fine cotton aprons are trimmed with cotton eyelet. The little pockets are made of the same white eyelet. 

Ruffle edge apron 

The 2 1/8-inch-deep ruffle edge complements this fine cotton apron’s muted floral print. The rounded corners were in keeping with the soft look, and likely made it easier to sew the ruffle all the way around.

Rickrack apron

The black waistband, pocket, and fabric band provide contrast without overwhelming the apron . . .

Rickrack apron closeup

. . . and the rickrack is stitched in place with contrasting thread for a striking look.

Child's blue apron

There were even some children’s aprons made by my grandmother in the collection.

Childeren's twin aprons

These matching twin aprons were part of a trio worn by my sisters and me. Though simple in design, they were helpful in keeping our clothes stain-free as we helped out in the kitchen.

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  1. p829692 September 26th

    good post

  2. Pyafu September 25th

    fajny post

  3. bartek31211 September 25th

    dobrze zrobione

  4. bartek31211 September 25th

    dobrze zrobione

  5. Zkibi September 25th

    bardzo ładne

  6. Sefadoci September 22nd

    nice post !

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