A New Year!

Wow!  I just looked at my last post and can’t believe that it was back in October.  But, I guess that I can really believe it because that is when my busiest time is.  My shop did very well this year (or at least better than I expected it to :)), and I even made a couple of goals for my shop this year.  We’ll see how it goes.

With a new year comes a new apron pattern.  Actually, I have been dying to make this pattern ever since I bought it from this cool vintage pattern shop called Nostalgia Vintage back in November.  I am always on the look out for “new” vintage apron patterns, and I had my eye on this one for probably six months (??)  I am so glad that I finally bought it because I LOVE the pattern.

The pattern is McCall’s 1801 and is copyrighted in 1953 (!!).  It is a cobbler apron style with full coverage in the front and back and has darts at the bodice and darts and tucks at the waist and back (tons of darts!) which gives it a very feminine look.  I love this cobbler apron because the neckline is different from the boat neck/scoop neck vintage patterns that seem to be more readily available.   The pattern is labelled as a “One size fits all (suitable for sizes 12-16)”.  But, be skeptical with the one size.  I think the average waist size of a woman in 1950 was 24 inches and sizes 12-16 would correspond to something like sizes 2-8 today!
So, this is how it turned out.  I used a pretty teal Art Deco type fabric called Feathers and Fancy.  Notice the peacocks?
Tied in the Front

Tied in the Back
I lengthened the ties so that they were long enough to tie on today’s woman (not 1950’s woman) up to about size 14.
The apron will overlap on the sides as long as the waist is less than about 29″, but the ties are pretty good at keeping the apron closed.  I think that I will alter the pattern to make the waist a few inches bigger to make more of an overlap.
Here is a closer look at all the shaping with the darts and tucks:
Two Tucks on Each Side, Four Total on the Back
I really love this shape.  I have several more fabrics lined up for this style, so I will be adding more of these to my shop.

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