vintage pinny pattern

Phew!  Almost didn’t make this deadline.  Ennui set in and I just couldn’t get up a head of steam this month.  But several hours before midnight here in my neck of the world, and my project’s completed.  Here’s an overview!

Backtracking a bit.  I’ve been looking for my quintessential apron pattern for some time, having none in my pattern stash.  Unless you count the dim, distant memory of using a yard of 36” wide cotton that was my first sewing project in school home economics class a bazillion years ago.  Ugh.  Talk about uninteresting projects.

Then my friend Samantha reminded me of the word “pinny.”   Oh!  As in pinafore?  I vaguely remembered the term, but realized, after looking it up, that it accurately described my idea of a great apron: something without sleeves or ties around the waist, and some fabric around the back, in case of spatters!

Back to September…  With too much to choose from in this month’s category, our uncooperative weather left me totally undecided.  A dress?  A blouse?  If I couldn’t wear it, I’d be disappointed.  Long or short sleeves & hemline?  Couldn’t decide until last week, when I stumbled upon some free patterns on a U.S. fabric site.  One, from a man on staff, was a pattern for an apron his grandmother had made and he contributed it in her memory.  Hmm.  Might just do…..

A few revisions, a weekend, and 2 contrasting cottons from the stash later, here’s the result: a reversible, pockets on both sides, over-the-head pinny with a side-tied bow.

For details, click on over to my blog.

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    • Thank you so much, Dear One! I love the word, too, and have been watching Phryne Fisher’s butler, Mr. Butler, wearing his own pinny, which buttons onto his waistcoat so he didn’t have to pin it! Don’t know if you’re getting that Aussie series, but the costuming is fascinating me…
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  1. love the print! I actually use aprons all the time since I make a lot of bread, and I prefer these with full coverage. Also like the fabric I see in the back- is it double so you can turn it inside out as well?

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    • It sure is totally reversible ~ click over to me blog to see the other side, as I forgot to take that photo yesterday when I was doing this write-up.
      I also bake, more scones than bread, and wanted good coverage, too!
      Thanks so much for commenting!
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    • Thank you so much, Shelley! Hope you enjoy making your pinnies as much as I enjoyed making mine.
      Be sure to check out my blog posts for a few hints before making your own final decisions, as I found the 45″ fabric barely wide enough, and the 1 yard length questionably enough!
      Love to see your final versions, and do let me know if you run into problems.
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    • What a precious memory for you! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Do let me know if you make the pinny for yourself, and be in touch if you should have any questions.
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