A Retro Bib Apron with Gathered Skirt

I had a friend recently asked me to make her an apron.  The only apron she owns is a plain black canvas chef apron that is pretty heavy, and she wanted something in a lighter material for summer and with more color.  After we talked about it a bit, I decided to create a brand new style for her.

She still wanted the basic shape of the chef apron, but I wanted to make it a bit more feminine for her.  I decided on a retro style bib apron with a gathered skirt that would have a few improvements over their vintage counterparts.  I made a larger bib that would provide full coverage during messy jobs.  Instead of the traditional ties at the neck, I made an adjustable neckband with a loop and slide.  This band was the trickiest part of the construction because it is also sewn into the sides of the bib to add a pretty trim.  This detail means the loop and slide need to be attached while the band is being sewn onto the bib.

Closeup of bib

Closeup of bib

I made the waist ties extra long so that they could be tied at front or back.  All in all, I love how it turned out and will be making more to add to the shop.  I love the endless and fun possibilities of fabric combinations for this style.  Here I am showing Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern Fresh Poppies in Fuchsia and a Susan Winget Butterfly fabric.



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