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My empire-line apron

I love the Regency period – and sewing – so when it came to serving vintage teas at Dorset County Museum I jumped at the chance to get into character and make an empire-line apron.

details of my white empire line apronUsing some stiff white cotton material and a scrap of lace,  I first sewed a narrow rectangular bib with just a few slender darts at the front (a bit of accommodation for the bosom!). Next I inserted a lace trim close to the top, then edged the bib with long straps which were double thickness sewn on three sides and turned through.

sewing the apronThe main apron front needed no shaping at all – but I made sure it was long enough to almost reach the floor and hemmed it on three sides sewing the final edge flush to the bib along with the waist straps which tie at the back. The electric sewing machine was very helpful – though I do still have a hand singer for future energy cuts!

Finally I buttoned and made holes for the shoulder straps to fasten to the back of the apron crossing the straps over to fit along the bust line. I didn’t use a paper pattern as the apron is mainly  just rectangles sewn together – you can see me modeling the final product here together with a half-apron that I made for Jenny. Both aprons were very stiffly starched to keep them crisp and clean in the face of chocolate cake crumbs!

For my next project (the dress to go underneath the apron!) I think I’ll invest in a pattern from Sense and Sensibility Patterns who have most helpfully gathered together some excellent vintage sewing patterns and styles.

Also, if you’re interested in vintage fashions from this period – its worth checking out these pages from Austenonly featuring the Austen attired exhibition at the National Trust property Peckover house in Cambridge. A bit too far away from our beloved Dorset we think – but next time we’re over that way I’ll definitely be going – Steve is an accredited photographer for the National Trust so we may be allowed to keep some photos!

Closer to home I’ve recently found out about The Cherry Closet - an online vintage clothing agency based in Dorchester! I still have to explore their closet further but have already noticed this gorgeous parasol whilst browsing the pages. Once the dress is made – the parasol has my name on it!


Published by linda, on 17th November 2010 at 9:11 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Fashion Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off