Guest Blogger—Mary Mulari
It’s Mary Mulari back for my monthly blog presentation. This time, apron pattern #8 is the Chatterbox Reversible Apron. I like to describe it as the apron with a sweetheart neckline and an umbrella hemline. Like my other apron patterns, this apron is made from two 1-yard pieces of fabric, but you’ll see that I like to do a little mixing and matching for the reverse side.
The neckbands connect behind the neck with Velcro, so the fit is adjustable.
The apron is assembled in a unique way. The front panel is sewn with openings on each side for the side panels to be inserted into and topstitched in place (see apron pattern image above). You’ll notice that each side panel also has a pocket. My preference for pockets is to make one of a contrasting fabric and the other to match the apron fabric. If you’ve been following my apron pattern entries on Nancy’s blog, you’ll remember that two contrasting pockets draw the viewer’s eye across the hip area. Enough said?
The black prints of this apron help to hide spills! Of course there’s always the option of turning the apron over to wear the clean side out. When you sew this apron for a bridal shower gift, and I highly recommend you consider this idea: Trim a coordinating towel with fabric remaining after cutting out the apron. The wide band sewn to the towel is trimmed with folded strips of a coordinating black fabric. Then, because I couldn’t resist it, I added black Sashiko stitching for another design detail. The Sashiko sewing machine is an exclusive from Baby Lock; it produces a running stitch that looks just like hand stitching.
This cheerful combination is another great bridal shower gift suggestion, because who doesn’t like polka dots and cupcakes? The apron ties are striped grosgrain ribbon, a time-saving choice, instead of fabric ties.
Combine an abstract print with polka dots for another version of the apron. This apron also has grosgrain ties.
Here are Luci (right) and Nora (left) modeling Chatterbox aprons. They’re enjoying a family gathering and a fall break from college. As for the pie, we devoured it as soon as the photo session was over!
The Chatterbox Reversible Apron is a little bit vintage and a little bit modern—maybe that’s why it’s so popular. This apron is a great accessory for your little black dress or a functional coverup for a cake baking session…or both, with the appropriate fabric choices for each side of the apron. Give this stylish apron a try!
Here’s to more fun hours sewing aprons!
Speaking of baking cakes…here’s the recipe for this month’s apron blog:
QUICK LUNCH BOX CAKE
2-1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
1/4 c. soft butter
One 15 oz. can fruit cocktail, undrained
1 c. chocolate chips
3/4 c. chopped nuts
Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ pan. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips and nuts, in a large mixer bowl. Blend well, with the lowest speed of the mixer. Beat two minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into the pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 35–40 minutes.
Here are links to Mary’s previous guest apron blog postings: