Tying on an apron was part of my late grandmother’s daily routine, and my mother continues that ritual. Her aprons have been wearing thin, though, and it’s time to sew a full apron. After looking through her collection of unused half aprons and the few full aprons not yet in tatters (see some of the collection here), I decided to replicate and then tweak one of my grandmother’s favorite designs to sew a full apron. We’re not sure from where Grandma copied this design, but it is one she sewed and wore many times over the years.
Create a full apron pattern
I used tracing and carbon papers to create a pattern from the apron sewn by my grandmother, which features pretty curves at the hem. I folded the apron in half to make symmetrical skirt and bib patterns. I also added 5/8-inch seam allowances to all edges, even though I stitched 1/2-inch seams in some instances when assembling the apron. For the pocket pattern, I borrowed the general shape of another apron pocket (not shown) with a curved edge similar to that of the apron skirt. If you don’t have an apron to trace, use the photos below as a guide to draw your own pattern; you can adjust the pattern’s size and shape as desired.
Cut the fabric:
1 apron skirt on the fold
2 apron bibs on the fold
2 pockets on the fold
Two 26-inch by 5-inch waist ties
Two 13 1/2-inch by 2 1/2-inch neck straps
20 1/2-inch by 4 1/4-inch waistband
Note: This apron is a small size but can easily be enlarged by lengthening the straps, ties, waistband, and…