I've had this mini skirt for a while, I love the print of the fabric but sadly it's coming to the ends of it's lifespan. I wanted to try something a little experimental, and didn't mind sacrificing this skirt for the cause! My idea was to create a 50s retro apron tutorial, with pockets and a sweetheart style neckline.
Here is the before & after:
To recreate this retro apron, you won't need any additional supplies for this (except the thread!!) so long as your skirt has lining to it. So find yourself a lined skirt and lets get to it.
**If you're feeling particularly ambitious you could do this from any fabric, but there will be more finishing of raw edges involved**
All you will need is your usual sewing supplies, scissors, pins, tape measure, thread and sewing machine.
1. The first order of business is to cut away the lining from your skirt, preserving the fabric as much as possible by cutting close to the seams.
3. Here, I have led the pieces out so you can see how the apron will take shape.
7. Hem the 2 long side edges and leave the bottom edge raw. Pin the hem of the top edge in place, and insert the halterneck straps at the outer corners, so they are fully tucked under the hem. Stitch across, and then do a top stitch on the front to secure them. To get the gathered effect to the bodice, I did a 'concertina' fold at the centre, pinned it either side and did a small straight stitch on top, about 0.5 inches long.
I think it should make cooking feel much more glamorous from now on! Let me know if you try this, and please share the results as I'd love to see what others come up with. I think these aprons are great, if like me you're in love with all things retro.
Till next time... Happy refashioning!