Womens Retro Apron Pattern and Tutorial



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This is a complete professionally drafted apron sewing pattern and tutorial that I created using a CAD software program and Publisher for the tutorial. The pattern pieces are easy to download, print and tape together, and the apron is easy to sew.

Women’s one-size fits most (US 4-14): Waist 26”
Women’s XL (US 16 and up): Waist 39”
Length 14-15" long

Girl’s (8-12): Waist 23"
Length 13" long

Toddler (4-6) Waist 20"
Length 12" long

There are 3 layered skirts, a heart-shaped bib, a pocket, neck ties, and waist ties. The skirts are a full circle each so they are extra cute and flirty. This style is my signature Diner Waitress style that I have been making and selling here on Etsy since 2009.

I have made it really simple to print the pattern pieces. All pieces will fit on a standard sheet of printer paper, in sections, so that you can print and tape them together. I have gone to the trouble to make it really simple for you. Because I care ♥

About easy to medium difficulty; you should have some experience with the techniques below.
• Sewing bias tape around a curved edge
• Sewing bias tape to a heart-shaped edge, with a pivot point
• Stay-stitching around a curved edge, clipping curves
• Attaching a curved edge to a straight waistband

• Main fabric, for the top shorter skirt, and bib: 1 1/4 yards
• Accent fabric for the under skirt, and all ties: 2 yards
• Bias tape, double fold double wide: 3 packages
• Ric Rac: 1 package
• Purchased ruffles: 1 yard
• Thread

FAQ: ❤
Q: Can I use this apron tutorial to make aprons to sell in my Etsy shop?
A: Yes!

Q: What if I can't find my digital download PDF that I purchased?
A: This link should explain how to find your files:

Q: I see your pattern listed several times in your shop, with different “cover” photos, are they the same pattern with different pictures?

A: Yes, they are the same. The reason I do this is to show the many different styles you can make.
See my policies, and FAQ: http://www.etsy.com/shop/dottiesdiner/policy

Thank you for stopping in dolls, I appreciate it!.
❤ Dottie

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5 out of 5 stars

I love this pattern so much!!! I made the toddler size and am starting a plus size next. So freaking cute!!!

seabean831 May 20, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

This was my first try at a child's apron!

Jennifer Brogan-Price Dec 30, 2020

2 out of 5 stars

You will actually need 4+ packs of bias tape... also it isn't clear which layer is the extra layer, and you will need more than 1 pkg of bias tape for that, so the extra trips to the store were annoying. I did 3 skirts and used 5 or 6 packs of bias tape for the entire thing... then I used the pattern piece to cut the bib out and it had markings for where to place the top straps... well it doesn't match the tutorial placement and now it is too late, because they are attached with the bias tape... it made the straps almost go under my armpits instead of up around my neck without making the bib bow out. I turned them up to topstitch in a better place but the bib still won't sit right. So now I need more bias tape. I won't refer this pattern to anyone and suggest an update to the pattern to match the pattern pieces that come with it

Aimee Taylor Oct 20, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

I made some minor adjustments to this pattern but overall it was pretty easy to sew. Planning to make a few since this one may be too nice to cook in!!

Natasha Wilde Apr 13, 2021

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