Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

By Mary Mulari, guest blogger

Thanks, Nancy, for sharing your blog with me once a month. I’m enjoying this opportunity to highlight my reversible apron patterns and I’m discovering new ways to make them interesting.
This month’s pattern is the Hot Dish Apron. I named it in recognition of the Minnesota name for a covered dish or casserole. Here we say, “Which hot dish will you bring to the neighborhood pot luck next weekend?” The styling is inspired by aprons worn by wait staff in restaurants and I’ve discovered that this apron fits well on women of all chest sizes!
Hot Dish Apron pattern

Sherbet Anyone?

Each time I make this apron, I choose some different features to add. This version combines sherbet colors, neckline trim, and buttons for a bright cheerful apron. 

Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Unique Feature

The bottom hemline of the Hot Dish Apron is open so while wearing the apron, you can carry garden produce, weeds, or clothes off the clothesline when you lift up the bottom edge and separate the two layers of the apron. It’s a temporary transporting device.

Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Never Enough Zippers

One side of this apron is made from zipper decorated fabric and has one pocket that closes with a zipper. Large stylish flowers trim the other side of the apron. 

I usually choose contrasting fabric for the pocket or pockets on only the left or right side of the apron. (You might remember that I cautioned you about having two contrasting fabric pockets on an apron front. The viewer’s eye travels across the body at hip/stomach level. It’s not always so flattering!)

 Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Hot Mama Apron

The chili pepper design on this apron adds heat to the kitchen! 


Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary MulariNotice the appliqué embroidery trim on the small pocket on the green side of the apron. This design is from my embroidery CD Appliqués for Aprons. The apron ties are wide shoelaces. The apron pattern includes three pockets.

Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Zipper Trim Apron

Here’s a longer version of the apron. I wanted to include three different fabrics for the apron front. Three zippers trim the front and the pocket openings are built into the side seams. The fabric for the back of this apron came from an animal print shawl I found at a thrift shop. 

Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Single Layer Version

The newest version of the Hot Dish Apron is made from a home dec weight IKEA fabric with a super large print.

Here you can see it drying on the clothesline. I serged the edges of the yard of fabric and laundered it before cutting out the apron. I wanted to see how the fabric would behave after washing and drying. It seems to be wrinkle free.
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Single Layer Apron Tutorial

In an earlier blog, I wrote about two layer reversible aprons being my favorite for their substance and the option to flip them over to show off a second side. I still prefer that, but the medium weight fabric pictured above worked well as a single layer apron. Here’s how I modified the Hot Dish Apron Pattern.
  • After cutting out the apron body, I serged all the edges except the “V” of the neckline. I decided to trim the neckline with flat piping. These are 1” long strips of fabric cut across the grain of the fabric and folded and pressed in half with wrong sides together. I pinned and sewed 8-1/2” lengths of flat piping, with the ends of the piping folded inside. 
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari
  • I cut a piece of fabric for one pocket, choosing an area that would blend into the faces on the apron’s right side. Can you see the pocket edges? I sewed it on with white thread.
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari
  • The neck and waist ties were constructed as 3” wide single pieces of fabric with my favorite fold, press, and stitch technique. Here you see the two folds pressed inside. On the opposite short end of each tie, turn under and press 1/4” for a finished end. The completed tie is below, showing the stitching in the center. With this time-saving technique there’s no sewing followed by turning ties right side out. Pin the tie ends to both the neck edges and the apron sides. 
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

  • This fabric was designed by students at the Beckmans College of Design in Sweden. I included the wording from the selvage edge in one of the apron ties, just for fun.
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari
  • Next, I drew a line on the pattern front as a guide for cutting a neckline facing, making it about 2″ wide. The outer edge of the facing is serged before the facing is pinned and stitched to the apron top and V-neck edges.
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

  • The neckties are also attached to the apron in this step.
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

  • Instead of stitching the facing edges in place on the wrong side of the apron, I fused them to the apron.
Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

  • Sew the apron waist ties to the edges of the apron with a scant 1/4″ seam and then turn and press all other exposed edges to the wrong side of the apron and topstitch them in place. You can sew Velcro® to the neckties, or knot them to wear the apron.

Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Parade of Hot Dish Aprons

In this parade of Hot Dish aprons, you’ll see Gail Brown, Natalie Sewell, me, Nancy Zieman, and Eileen Roche. We modeled the aprons after a rehearsal for Sewing with Nancy’s 30th Anniversary Special which you’ll see on PBS television this fall.

Hot Dish Apron Pattern Mary Mulari

Which apron featured is your favorite? I always like to read your feedback.
You’ll see me again next month when I’ll show you details of another favorite apron!

Mary Mulari

Zucchini Hot Dish

It only seems right to feature a HOT DISH recipe with this blog entry. I’ve asked Nancy to submit her favorite go-to hot dish. I hope you’ll enjoy sewing this apron, or using another one of my reversible apron patterns.

Note from Nancy: Picked from the garden or the farmer’s market, zucchini is prolific this time of year. This hot dish can either be the main event for the evening meal or a side dish. Enjoy!

  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced or shredded (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, snipped
  • 1 cup biscuit mix, I usually use the low-fat kind.
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Easy directions:

  • Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased casserole or baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Many thanks to Mary for her fourth installment of terrific apron sewing tips. If you haven’t read the other three apron blogs, check them out!

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Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #2 – Church Ladies’ Apron with New Twists

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Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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