Monday, August 1, 2016

McCall's 1105

Back in June I shared with you the beautiful collection of vintage apron patterns I found at an estate sale. Finally I have found the time to share some pictures of the first aprons I sewed using my favorite apron pattern from that collection!
"Slimming Apron for Stout Women" is the caption printed on this apron package. I have to agree the style is very flattering. The bodice features vertical darts and a slightly curved waist line. The option to add bias trim or ric-rac to this curved seam adds extra waist definition.
When my mom first saw the pattern package she exclaimed "This reminds me of an apron my great grandma wore!". One of my customers said the same thing when she purchased an apron I sewed from this pattern. I love how aprons evoke so many happy memories of grandmothers and days gone by.
I was so happy to discover that all of the original pieces were included, and it went together quite easily. Sometime vintage patterns can prove to be a puzzle since directions are minimal.
McCall's 1105 has definitely made it's way into my little box of favorite apron patterns I will use time and again. In fact I already have three more cut-out just waiting to be sewn up!


  1. The aprons are beautiful!! :)

  2. Very pretty!! I love the pink rose one you sewed up.

    I had to laugh at your remark of vintage patterns being confusing at times. I've had a 30s and 50s dress in mid-production for a couple of years now because of being stumped. Determination to finish both of them before going back to college has been enough for me to pull out the instructions yet again. ;)

  3. Oh, how cute! I chuckled at the little quotation on the envelope. Sometimes they put things rather offensively back then. haha! In any case it does look to be a very flattering fit. I loved seeing these!

    Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

  4. Oh how beautiful are these vintage aprons you made, Sarah... I love the very flattering indeed! You must have enjoyed creating these...aprons are a must in any kitchen and mine is in shocking state right now. I think I'd best set to work sewing something pretty and practical soon! Youbve inspired me!
    Blessings and love...have a wonderful month of August!

  5. Good morning, sweet Sarah! I must say your pink floral apron is quite the beauty! You always do such precise and lovely work, dear friend.

    Have a glorious day! Hugs!

  6. So cute! I really like the pink one! :-)

  7. Oh Sarah ... You do beautiful work. My grandmother wore an apron like the ones you have shared and she absolutely wore them out!! Blessings to you 🙂

  8. How fun to use your vintage pattern to sew these aprons, Sarah! They are lovely.

  9. Dearest Sarah,
    How lovely and finely made your beautiful aprons are! I can see why you were so drawn to this pattern, it is just lovely. And what a slimming silhouette/cut indeed. The fabrics you chose are so ladylike and perfect. I just love the way the apron wraps around the back of the shoulders and the bow at the back of the waist- there are many apron patterns that are so pretty in the front, but leave little detail in the back, but this one is so nice.

    I so enjoyed visiting you this afternoon and pray that your weekend is a very blessed one!

    Hugs to you,

  10. They are just lovely. They loom excellent.. I jus purchased a pattern on line for a vintage apron that I want to make as well.. Im a new follower please join me as well. Happy Monday with love Janice

  11. I looked this up and it's from 1944. No wonder it's awesome!
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

  12. What a beautiful apron! The style does look very flattering. I feel inspired to sew aprons now! :)

  13. Is there any way to get a copy of this pattern? I was a pattern that my mother used for years. I have 4 sisters and would like to make one of them for their Christmas present next year. It would be soooo special.

  14. Thank you for sharing your lovely aprons! I adore aprons as well and enjoy making them for myself as well as gifts for friends and family. I have been looking for McCalls apron 1105 pattern to buy for months and can't find one anywhere. Is there anyway I could purchase from you a copy of this pattern? My email is

    Thanks for helping aprons make a resurgence!!!!


  15. I have been looking for a copy of this pattern for quite a long time, too. I have an old tablecloth from my Grandmom that is like a broken in tea cloth that I want to turn into an apron like the one she wore. Is there any way to reproduce the pattern to share? It would mean the world to me! Thanks!

    1. Hi Deb,

      Thank you for your comment! I have received many requests for a copy of this apron, and as much as I would love to share a copy it would prove time consuming to make a copy for each request. I do hope at some time to make a pdf copy to either sell or share. I just need to learn how to make pdf patterns. : )

      I am sorry and hope you will understand.


  16. Beautiful work. IF you ever do make the pdf copy to sell or share please keep me in mind. I would love to make one for my mom who is in her 70's. She is the described stout woman the pattern is made for. I know it would mean so much to her if I were to make her one like she use to wear on the farm.

  17. I have been looking for this pattern since you made this post. I finally found one and am so anxious to make it. I just received it in the mail 😁. Thank you for introducing it to me 🌺

  18. Would love to buy a copy of the apron. Thank you so much. Janice Overman

  19. Sarah,
    I absolutely love this pattern! How fortunate for you to find so many older patters!!Any idea where I can find this one (McCalls 1105) to purchase?

  20. I found my pattern at an estate sale, but occasionally this pattern will become available on Ebay and Etsy. You can create a saved search for the pattern on Ebay and they will notify you when one becomes available. Hope you find a copy!