Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sew for Victory... A Wartime Style Pinny

The BBC has always been a great production company.  Many of the British shows that are loved here in America, are produced by the BBC.  And it was the BBC who produced Wartime Farm.  It is a peek into the life of farmworkers during World War II, and well worth watching if you can find it where you are.
Anyway, one of the things I loved on Wartime Farm, was Ruth Goodman's apron.  She actually had several, but I loved the practicality and the bound edge.
What *I* really wanted though, was one I saw on 1940's house.
You can just about see it here:
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and the side here:
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So I set to work.  Initially, I looked for a period pattern.  Ideally the pattern would feature a wrap around apron or coverall.  Well, that is a lot easier said than done!

First I found this one.

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It seemed perfect.  Only I could not find it anywhere!
Then I found this one:
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Right era, but it is only a PDF of the instructions for making your own from scraps.  Well, I can figure out that much.
Then I remembered.  Many women from that time would use old aprons or make their own patterns to make new aprons.  And so, my wrap apron was born.



It is shorter than I planned.  Primarily because I only realised later that I really need to make the front in two pieces rather than one.  Apron 2 will also have the ties a little higher.  You can just about see my pocket, with its bias edge.

Back.  You can see my ties.

The pinny was really quick to put together (this had 4 seams, the change will add two more).  The bias binding edge, on the other hand, took FOREVER to do.  I placed a gap in each side seam so the tie can come through, whichever way I wrap my pinny.

Side.  You can just see the tie...

The fabric, was $1.50 a yard from Walmart.  It is a polycotton blend, as far as I can tell.  They said undetermined.  But I'd guess 80-20 Poly-cotton.  That aside, it looks a lot like the kinds of fabric I remember seeing such aprons in.  I got three yards, which was plenty, and would probably be more than enough with my newest adjustments.  I'll let you know later.

I should also add something else I made recently: Kitchen Curtains.

 Here you can see the view from my window now :)  Cheery red curtains.

 

I made the sash to hold it back, and added some decorative stitching from my new sewing machine.



And I matched the base of the curtain to the sash, with a couple of rows of the decorative stitches.  Pretty huh? :) (You don't have to answer that!).


14 comments:

  1. Very cut and I love your curtains!

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    1. Thanks Anthea :) They definitely warm the room!

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  2. Adorable! I bet it's more fun to clean house when you get dressed up for the occassion! :-d

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    1. Thanks Michelle :) Actually it is... and it prompted my DD to turn up at the bedroom door yesterday (I was cleaning it) in her own pinny LOL

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  3. I LOVE that pinny!! Clever you. I've never seen a pattern for them either. I think I might just have to look a little harder :o) I always clean and wash up in my apron, a cleaning must in my book x

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    1. Thanks Lucy :) Let me know if you DO find one- I'd certainly love a pattern number! I have lots of aprons (mum sends me them at Christmas) but I really liked the idea of being COVERED when spraying bleach or chemicals (I also cleaned the bathroom with it on LOL). And as for baking- if I don't wear one, then my skirts get wet (partly because I wipe my hands there from the habit of having a pinny on lol) and I get covered in flour (also partly from wiping my hands on myself LOL).

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  4. What an absolutely wonderful apron/pinny, dear Rachel. I adore the serene colour palette of that timelessly pretty fabric and think the finished length looks terrific. Back when we used to live in Toronto, I often saw similar style aprons being sold in a couple of the shops in the Little Italy part of town, but none of them was anywhere near as lovely as your handmade pinny.

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. Lovely! I've been looking for a WWI full apron pattern like that. I have been hesitant to purchasing the .pdf. It must be from a pamphlet of the time, like this one: http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6276/

    If you watched The Wartime Kitchen & Garden on YouTube there are great examples of the wrap utility apron, which has made me want a full one!

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  6. I'm back again. I've found examples of the apron, but they are house dress patterns. There are none available right now, but keep your eyes out for 1930s New York Pattern #81. #18 from the same time period has a collar, but very similar in style, also. Here's an ebay offering that has pictures of both patterns. 18 is still available: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-unprinted-1930s-NEW-YORK-sewing-pattern-dresses-coats-size-18-Your-pick-/380369018064

    I also think the "Hooverette" dresses have a similar style and could be adapted to be an apron instead of a house dress.

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  8. I always like those aprons of the 30th and so I bought one through EBAY They are so comfortable doing housework and decided to order one more.They sure are cute looking and motivates me doing my housework.

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  9. such a lovely apron, I too loved watching those programmes (especially all the farm ones) I've also searched for a pattern, but can only find the small ones on ebay. Any pattern advice would be helpful as yours looks so professionally made, love the pretty pattern too

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  10. I love my wraparound crossover pinny apron and would not want to be without that apron. It so much motivate me to do my daily housework

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