Natalie’s Apron—now available for purchase as a downloadable sewing pattern from our Resources page—is a version of an apron my grandmother wore nearly every day of her life. The cut of the apron was adapted from the shape of our Camisole Dress pattern from Alabama Studio Style, and it features an optional large, two-sided pocket across the front. The seaming and wide-sweeping hem make this apron a comfortable and flattering fit for every woman’s body. It is beautiful and incredibly practical—especially for those of us that need full-coverage protection in the kitchen (and a large pocket to keep up with the bits of everyday life). I also wear a version of this apron when I help out in our café—pocket filled with pens, pencils, papers, phones, and hair ties.
Due to the popularity of this style (and after many requests), we’ve made this sewing pattern available for download—following our DIY Unisex T-shirt. The pattern comes with both full-scale or tiled-for-printing versions. See our post about printing a pattern here.
The apron is also available as DIY Natalie’s Apron Kit in our Small Polka Dots stencil for a limited time in our DIY Gift Guide. It comes with our faded fabric as a backing layer and our Black Variegated embroidery floss; choose your outer layer and thread colors. You may also choose to design your own Custom DIY Kit for this apron, or creating your own sewing pattern by altering our Camisole Dress pattern available in Alabama Studio Style as a paper pattern and Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns in digital version.
NATALIE’S APRON IN SMALL POLKA DOTS
The instructions below are for use with our DIY Natalie’s Apron Kit and were originally published on December 11, 2014.
Basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins, needles
Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, or Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: All three of these books contain the basic sewing and embroidery techniques we used to complete the design.
Complete your backstitched reverse appliqué embellishment, using embroidery floss, before beginning construction of your apron. Refer to pages 95-97 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design for instructions and photographs for backstitch reverse. Construct the apron and add the pocket following instructions for our Camisole Dress pattern from Alabama Studio Style and using Button Craft thread. Bind apron all the way around and add ties.
OUR DESIGN CHOICES
Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight organic cotton jersey
Fabric color for outer layer – Black
Fabric color for inner layer – Faded
Embroidery floss – Black Variegated
Button Craft thread – Black #2, used for construction and binding stitch
Textile paint color – Slate
Stencil – Small Polka Dot
Knots – Inside
Seams – Inside felled
Binding stitch – Cretan