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VintageModern Design Challenge - Apron with Vintage Linen Bi...

Added Mar 3, 2012

by susiephill

Palmer Lake, Uni...






I chose Option #2 and began with the Slip-Over Apron in Amy Barickman’s book Vintage Notions. I did cut the pattern slightly differently, but I really made it my own by adding a vintage family linen, passed down to me from my grandmother. I cut the linen in half and used one part for a bib and the other part for a pocket. The bottom of the apron features a 4" self-ruffle with cotton lace trim.

I have my grandmother’s 1916 diary, written the year she turned 21. She was a farmer’s daughter in Kansas, and her 400-page diary is full of entries about sewing, cooking, and homemaking. Mary Brooks Picken was born just 9 years earlier than my grandmother and grew up 120 miles away from her. Mary founded The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences the same year as my grandmother’s diary, so this project is of great interest to me.

Material Notes

I used 100% cotton for the apron, along with a vintage linen and cotton lace.


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage

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    Mar 4, 2012, 11.11 AMby Itsbeensewlong

    Lovely entry… So pretty and delicate and love how you used your Gran’s Linen so effectively! Lou

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      Mar 5, 2012, 10.37 PMby susiephill

      Thank you so much, Lou. I had fun including my grandmother’s linen in my apron.

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