HTC Fusi-Form Lightweight Interfacing 1950's Vintage Apron Project
By Laurie Pessetto
I am fortunate to have inherited aprons from grandmothers on both sides of my family. They wore them, and now I wear them. These women were lucky to have a machine that sewed a straight line and some fabric scraps. Most likely, they did not have patterns. It is fun to see the hand-stitched button hole and how grandmother Noni put the pieces together on her apron. Sadly these aprons don’t last forever. My daughter is hoping she gets them next. Some of them will make it, but others are becoming quite thin. This day-long project will keep Noni’s apron alive for a new generation, even if the fabric is not the same.
Fusi-Form Lightweight Interfacing was a good match for the weight of the fabric. The ability to fuse the interfacing gave stability to the yoke, back and pockets. The effect is crisp and neat giving the apron a very finished look.
You might trace your pattern using a needle tracing wheel and butcher paper, or you can create a re-usable pattern with Pattern-Ease, a nonwoven tracing and interfacing material. A pattern created with Pattern-Ease will last through multiple uses without tearing or wrinkling even where it is pinned. As you create your pattern organize the order of construction for each piece, ie. the edging on the pockets must be completed before attaching them to the apron.
A companion to this article, “HTC Pattern-Ease Vintage Apron Pattern-Making Project,” includes complete step-by-step instructions on how to create a pattern for this apron. Click here for the companion project.
This project is an easy sewing level. Hemming the curves and keeping the rick rack placement even as you sew are the things to focus on for a beginner.