Monday, June 30, 2008

Vintage apron-dress

My neighbor gave me a few vintage aprons that she found in her basement from her mother in law. As we were drooling over them, her husband had the great idea of making them into dresses. She gave me two, and I headed right home to experiment.
I came up with a very easy idea, that does not even require a sewing machine.




I love this one, it is very small, and did not have a pocket. I just added a strip of fusible interfacing to either side, and added some snaps with my snap press. You could even do the same thing with sew on snaps, or make buttons holes with your machine, and sew on buttons.



The front of the apron was the perfect shape, but it took me a while to figure out how to do the straps. I just crossed them in the back, and sewed them on with my sewing machine. You could also hand sew them on, or add more snaps or buttons.
If your apron does have a pocket, it will most likely fall in the back of your dress, so just take your seam ripper, rip it out, and sew in on the side or front.
I am so glad I found a cute way to wear these more, because I love vintage aprons!
If you want to make one, and have any questions, please, let me know and I will get back to you.

17 comments:

Sarah and Jack said...

This is super cute. A million moons ago I made some tote bags from them (vintage chica has a tutorial I think), and it occurred to me that they would make great smocks for kids just by doing something similiar.

Julie said...

How cute... and so creative!

Karen said...

What a wonderful idea! So cute.

QuiltedSimple said...

What a wonderful idea - I'll be finding some aprons and emailing you!!
Kris

lucky knitter said...

Wow, that is a great idea, and the fabric is adorable!

Shannon said...

So cute! My sis and I have been talking about making aprons wearable because what woman doesn't love a pretty apron, ruffles and all. You are so clever!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a great way to repurpose a beautiful old apron!

Meg said...

Very clever idea! Makes such a sweet dress! Meg

amandajean said...

that has got to be the cutest thing I have seen in a long time! it makes a perfect dress.

Elise said...

What a super cute idea!! Love it!!
Elise

Levin (and Emily) said...

that dress is amazingly gorgeous. what a clever idea.
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Marcia said...

Very cute! Such great colors too.

Louise said...

Very sweet and summery - a lovely idea!!

FinnyKnits said...

GREEEEEEEEEAT idea! This is a great way to share the apron love I have going on in my kitchen.

Steph said...

LOVE it! I will give this a try.

Kate said...

Great dress!

a friend to knit with said...

how fabulous, katie!!!!