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.
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.