InstructionsThe skirt is about 60cm long, gathered in a smocking pleater across the top, so it ended up about 40cm wide. The neck straps are 20cm wide each at the bottom and taper to about 5cm wide at the end - I didn't taper it evenly or straight - I used a french curve and kept it wide around the bust area, then tapered a lot up to the shoulders, and is narrow along most of its length for ease of tying. ...
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Retro / Vintage, Traditional, Holiday
"Australian Herbs" print quilting cotton - about 1m long, 120cm wide; white cotton fabric; embroidery floss; sewing thread
What was your inspiration?
I saw some 1950s-style aprons in a local shop that were just begging for some embroidered details. The fabric I have had in my stash - I was going to make shopping bags, but I think this is better.
What are you most proud of?
I made it as a Christmas present - I hope the recipient will like it! (She's on the other side of the planet, so I haven't given it to her yet.)
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make the top straps taper really quickly - I think mine are still too wide - mine are actually about 8cm wide at the narrowest, but I put in the instructions that they should be 5cm to match the waist straps.
The print on the fabric is really dominant - I probably should have used more strands of floss or done more zigzags closer together to make the smocking stand out over the print.
The apron also looks good if you tie the top straps to the waist straps, rather than around the neck. (I personally don't like having a bow at my neck because it tangles with my hair.)