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Pattern for apron wrap dress

ckells | Posted in Patterns on

I’m getting my adult daughter into sewing again and we are both excited about sharing ideas and especialy shopping together. She’s a beginner now (4-H was her sewing experience a while ago), and making garments for herself is what’s driving her. She saw a dress on a very stylish woman at a market on the weekend like a apron that wrapped around in back and ties in front. I know you could probably imrovise this but she’s a new sewer and that idea does not work.

My point after this long story is that I was wondering if any of the pattern companies have a pattern like this. It’s a very fun idea and I’m thinking that some pattern exists out there.


  1. Josefly | | #1

    I'm sure I've seen more than one style of apron-wrap dress, and one recently on patternreview.com...Go to the homepage, and look down the page to the "Review Gallery" - click on that and you may have to look back for several pages, but I'm sure I saw one recently. In fact, I'll go back and check it myself and post the info later. I just sent an old pattern of an apron-wrap dress to my daughter, but it was decades old, and looked like a sun-dress, with a strap around the neck, back-wrap and tied in front. Look through the big-four pattern catalogues, too...

    1. ckells | | #2

      I found the pattern, Butterick4790. They call it Retro 50's, how interesting. This is very close, I might have luck then with the big pattern companies. She's looking for a sundress style. Thanks for the help.

      1. Josefly | | #3

        Yep, that's the one I saw on patternreview.com. Did you see it in the review gallery?Good luck, I hope you find one that's sun-dressy! I wish I still had the one I mentioned before, but I'm sure it's not still available; it was quite old. It would've been one of the Big Four patterns, though.

    1. ckells | | #5

      That is such a pretty dress. Thanks. Don't you remember when everyone dressed like that?

      1. SewFit | | #6

        Oh yes....when I was young enough and "firm" enough to wear a halter dress myself. LOL..

  2. Josefly | | #7

    Just wondering if you or your daughter ever found the apron wrap dress pattern you were looking for. I found the one I mentioned earlier, which I thought I had sent to my daughter. It is Butterick 4231 (the price marked on it is $1.25!!!) and is called "Wrap-and-Go Apron Dress. Wish I had a digital camera so I could post a picture for you on the Threads discussion forum - it looks just like an apron, only longer, and wraps around the back and ties in front. The apron is square across the top, with straps that tie around the neck. Very sun-dressy. It is slightly A-line. There are two versions - long, floor-length and just-below-knee-length.You might just find a similar apron pattern and lengthen it. This pattern is very simple - no darts, zippers, buttons, or snaps - one piece for the front, two pieces for the back which lap over each other, the facings and the ties - also largish square pockets, if wanted. There is a long, floor-length version and a just-below-knee-length version.If you can't find something similar, let me know. This is a size small (8-10).

    Edited 6/9/2007 5:51 pm ET by Josefly

    1. ckells | | #8

      She found a pattern by searching on a vintage pattern site, I wish I could find the link, but she found a McCalls from 1975 which she likes. I don't remember if it had a waist set-in but it was an apron dress. Your pattern sounds nice with the A-line.

      She also found a German pattern for an apron dress for a child, very cute which I ordered from eBay.

      Thanks for getting back to me.

      1. Josefly | | #9

        Glad she found something she likes. It sounds like it's from the same era as the Butterick pattern I have. Happy sewing.

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