The Crossback Apron Smock

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  While I am waiting on my corned beef to reach tender perfection, I thought I would write about my latest apron style for my shop.  It is a super-cute cross back apron.  When I saw this pattern, I knew that I would have to get it, and I am so glad that I did.

This pattern is McCalls 3063 published in 1971.  As you can see, it is styled as an apron or a bathing suit cover-up, which would be really cute if you made this in a lightweight fabric.  I decided that this style lends itself nicely to a linen/linen blend fabric.  This is how it turned out:

I love this style – it is so functional and I think very flattering.  One thing I did find was that it was rather straight, and I tend to like my dresses to be more of an A-line.  So, I did a first try at modifying the original pattern slightly to make a slightly fuller skirt.  The apron is cut as a single piece (i.e., there are no side seams), and I wanted to keep that for this pattern.  So I tried enlarging the original pattern piece where the side seam would be:
I only added about 5 inches to the bottom of the skirt (10 inches total).  After constructing another apron with this new pattern, I ended up with this:
Can you tell the difference?  Neither can I!  At least in the photos.  I can definitely tell a difference in the way it feels when I wear it (I prefer the adjusted design).  And my husband could tell the difference between the two when I was wearing them.  I am going to attempt another pattern modification to get the A-line look that I was going for in the first place.  In any case, I love this new apron style and I think that I already know the fabric that I am going to use for mine.  :)

3 thoughts on “The Crossback Apron Smock

  1. JesAndMax Philbrook says:

    Thanks for posting this! About how many inches high and how many inches wide is the pattern? I'm hoping to sew one of these, but I'm not entirely sure how high and wide to make it on the first try. Thanks!

  2. Kay Branch says:

    Id seen a cross-back apron/pinafore on Etsy made of linen and priced over $100 USD. I looked at all the views and attempted to make my own pattern. First try was made with an old sheet. Tweeked the pattern some and next one I used an old tablecloth. Then I finally worked up to one out of denim, then canvas, then linen. I’ve made half dozen. I like to slip mine on when I’ve been outside and stained up my t-shirt and shorts…I could throw a cross/back on over the dirty clothes and run to town for an errand. But I’ve always wanted one in a dress style with smaller arm holes and more covered up. I’m looking at your pattern and using my original cross/back to modify. I use a roll of brown craft paper to make patterns.

    • Arianne says:

      Good luck with your pattern modification! I like to use pattern tracing paper that I find at Joann fabric. It comes 44″ wide I think and is not stiff so you can kind of tell how the pattern will drape.

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