Saturday, June 14, 2008

Emmeline Apron

The Emmeline Apron pattern from Sew Liberated (formerly Montessori by Hand) was one I had been admiring for months. Then I saw that Stacy Sews and Monkey Foot Designs were having a sew along contest featuring that pattern. It was just the impetus I needed to get me sewing! Fortunately for me, they extended the deadline to June 15-- so I can still enter my version into the pool (so many gorgeous entries!).

Though I do love Empire waistlines, they sometimes don't work so well on my rather buxom figure. But making an adjustment to account for that ended up being really simple. I measured from my high bust, down and over and under the fullest part of my bust to about where my bra band sits. I took that measurement and then just lengthened the pattern piece to match (I ended up adding about 4"). I didn't mess with the width or the top or bottom accent bands at all because I felt they would provide plenty of coverage across my front as is.

I'm really happy with the finished apron—it's really pretty flattering, I think. And I love that it is reversible!

Emmeline apron, front side

Emmeline apron, reverse side

I used a home dec weight cotton for the front and a regular quilting cotton for the reverse, both from Hancock Fabrics.


  1. Hey! Thanks for commenting on my site! I love how your Emmeline apron turned out! Great job on the alterations - I think it really looks great on you and it is definitely flattering! I want to make one for my SIL, and she is a bit more buxom than me, but I didn't know what to do with it to change it - Now I know!

  2. Hi, I just happened upon your blog, I love it!
    I really love that apron, that's a great pattern, very feminine.

  3. Your apron looks really great! I have this pattern, too, and have been wanting to try it out. That extra length trick will really help, too, awesome.

  4. Robin! Check you out in that gorgeous apron. You are the cutest thing since the tickle me Elmo doll! It and you both look fantastic. I myself don't have an overly buxom issue (I run a bit on the underly side) but I have some friends that could use those alterations whom I have been wanting to make something for. This would be perfect. Good luck in the contest! I am glad I don't have to imagine you any more, he he. Have a great week girlie. Love Stacy

  5. I love this apron as well. I will have to make one of my own.