It's been a dream of mine to create aprons from many decades. For no reason. I don't wear aprons but I remember my grandmother who was born in 1897 always, always, wearing an apron. Nothing fancy but she cooked on a wood stove and had 13 children and I imagine an apron came in very handy. When I found this 1924 Apron and Cap from Repeated Originals on Etsy I immediately purchased the downloadable pattern.
Then I printed it, cut it for assembly, found a twin size sheet that had been on the guest room beds in a previous home, and immediately moved on to another project. That happens sometimes, doesn't it?
The sheet is cut for front, back, pockets, and the crown and band for the cap.
Quite a few years ago I purchased some items from an historical costumer in a facebook destash group. If you have read any of my other blog posts you have read that I'm a huge fan of these groups for buying, selling, and trading unused items. When I received my package with my purchase the costumer had included two beautiful embellishments. They were mirror images and I had set them aside for the cap for this project. I was going to remove the pearls but just didn't have the heart. I'm so glad I didn't and I'll tell you about that later. I had bias tape for the edges and while not very elegant or colorful, it was in my stash and would work well.
I tried my idea and loved it!
As I was sewing snaps I started to realize that the crown diameter seemed small compared to the band height. I tested the fit on my headform and cut 1-1/2" off the band.
And inside of crown and front of band.
When snapped together, even gathers are created in the crown.
Finished cap underside.
Finished cap front, back, and side. A pretty cap for working in the kitchen, don't you agree?
Now for the apron. This pattern is a sewing tutorial all by itself. The Finishing page explains how to sew a French seam, how to sew snaps, how to finish the edges with bias fabric or bias tape in several methods, and even directions for hand sewn buttonholes. A very inexperienced seamstress could be successful with this pattern.
First step is French seams to attach the front and back at the shoulders.
Using the same method for binding the upper edge of the cap band I added bias tape to all edges of the apron and the pockets. The pockets are sewn to the apron where they seemed natural for me. Lastly I sewed two buttonholes on the back sides of the apron and added the pearl buttons to the front.