Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vintage Apron Patterns

Springtime is a great season to visit estate sales. It seems each weekend there are signs positioned at the end of streets pointing the way to another sale of some sort. Recently we were pleasantly surprised to discover a terrific sale right in our own town. 

While rummaging through fabric and other crafting supplies I noticed a shoe box containing patterns. Much to my surprise there were eight vintage apron patterns! Some of which I had pinned on Pinterest and had hoped to someday add to my vintage apron pattern collection.

Now if you have ever searched for vintage apron patterns on Ebay or Etsy you know how expensive they can be. I was astonished when I asked the price and was told 50 cents!!! It was truly a blessing and gift from the Lord!  : )
I think these two patterns are from the late 1950's or early 1960's. They offer some cute ideas for embellishing a simple apron.
 Aren't the illustrations on the 1940's apron patterns charming?! The pattern to the left includes transfers to create pansy appliques.
I really liked the pattern to the left in the picture above, but was a bit disappointed to find that all of the pattern pieces were missing. The instructions are there, as are the applique transfers. I am hoping to replicate the style using other apron patterns I have.
The last two patterns are my favorites! I had long admired these two patterns on Pinterest. The pattern to the right is so simple, but classic; I have already sewn two. The pattern to the left reminds me of an apron worn by Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy". This past winter we watched "I Love Lucy" a lot, and whenever Lucy wore her apron, similar in style to this pattern, I would think  how I would love to sew one! Now I can. : )


  1. Those are so beautiful! Aprons are wonderful. Haha, over the years as I've been growing from dressing like a tomboy to more of lady, I've realized the importance of aprons to protect nicer clothes!
    I think my favorites full length ones, though, those waist aprons from the 1940s are awful cute! Sale finds are always awesome!

  2. Those are some really great finds! I love vintage aprons :)

  3. Hello Dear, What fun and I am so glad you were the one to find them at that sale as you know the value and will use them and cherish the sweet spirit behind being a homemaker and wearing her apron! I need to make some new aprons myself and a few for some gifts! I hope you are doing well! Hugs, Roxy

  4. Wow, I'm sure that I saw my grandmother in some of those.

  5. Oh how lovely! You sure did find great things. I don't think I have ever found that many aprons patterns all together! I love them! Aren't aprons fun to sew!

  6. Oh my, what a find!! I too have loved (and searched for!) that one you bought with the missing pattern pieces. All of that rick rack?! It's like vintage heaven! ::winks:: I own the 40s "necktie" pattern and have made a couple of aprons from it. It's a fun one. Happy sewing!!

  7. Oh Sarah, what delightful patterns! And I'm sure you will be having some fun in your sewing room in the near future :)

    Have a blessed weekend. Hugs!

  8. Oh what a find! What will you sew first?

    1. I have already sewn two using the pattern shown in the last picture, to the right. : )I am hoping to sew the other pattern shown in the same picture this next week!

    2. Excellent! I'd love to see photos!
      Thanks for talking back at Harvest Lane Cottage!
      I'm going to look around and go see your Etsy shop, too. I'd like to get my shop going, but I just cannot seem to make enough sewing time right now. Perhaps I need to reconsider priorities!

      Be blessed,
      Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  9. I like the one on the left in the second to last photo that is missing some pieces! I'm sure you'll be able to replicate it!
    They're all so nice. I like that last one on the right too. Looks like you hit the jackpot! Happy sewing!
    Have a nice weekend ♥

  10. What a treasure trove! How wonderful that some of the patterns were ones that you'd even had on your "wishlist!"

    I'd tell you to enjoy them, but somehow I think you don't need any encouragement in that direction. :-)


  11. Oh your blog is charming. I came over from The Art of Homemaking. What a bargain you got on the patterns!
    I'm sure you were delighted. I loved visiting you. I am following you now. I hope you'll come over and visit me. I don't know how this comment thing works. Just in case I'm at

  12. Dearest Sarah!

    What a gift from the Lord indeed...these vintage apron patterns are simply gorgeous and I love the unique designs...I am sure you are very eager to try a couple!
    I have been very inspired in my sewing lately and hope to take a few lessons soon as self-taught as I am, there are techniques that I love would to be able to know how to do! And you always erve as an inspiration...
    Hope you and your sweet little girl are well!
    Blessings to you,
    {Beautiful Girlhood}

  13. What a find! My daughter would LOVE these goodies too!

  14. Good evening, sweet friend! I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving such an encouraging comment on my book review. I smiled when you mentioned Grace Livingston Hill as I have recently had the joy of reading her books. My sister-in-law introduced me to her books and then for the last tea cup exchange I received one :) I have so enjoyed her wholesome writing and I am looking forward to reading more of her work. Thank you for mentioning her, dear Sarah.

    Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs!

  15. What a wonderful find, Sarah! Enjoy making aprons! :)