Saturday, January 21, 2012

Vintage Aprons for Dolls


     My twin sister and I have enjoyed researching and collecting antique apron patterns and bringing them back to life in our fabrics. One of our favorite patterns is a mail order pattern from the 1940's we call our “comes to a point” apron. Remember the days of those wonderful swingy skirts of the 40's and 50's? This apron pattern captures that skirt. With a lovely swing to the skirt, a hemline that dips to a point, and topped off with a sweetheart neckline, this apron is flattering to all shapes, sizes and curves.
     
     One morning I woke up with the idea that I could scale down our “comes to a point” pattern to fit our American Girl dolls and our Waldorf dolls. Working on pattern paper first, I made some adjustments, and tested out my pattern on scrap fabric. It fit the dolls nicely. I decided to sew two different fabrics together to make it reversible. Two different aprons at once! Adding a velcro tab on the back made this apron easy for even the littlest hands to put on and take off. Next was  choosing what fabrics would be the right scale pattern for this little  apron only 5" long.  I couldn't resist our pink leaves cotton print  and our kiwi and strawberry cotton which we enjoy in  our Mom-size aprons.  The dolls beamed with smiles when I put on their aprons.

It seemed our American Girl doll needed to have a bitty oven mitt to match. Not something that sort of looked like an oven mitt, but a real mitt. Yes, a mitt with cotton batting and quilting to give is some poof, just like the oven mitts that get used in the kitchen. As a little surprise, inside the mitt is a lining of delightful bright chartreuse.






I thought it would be fun for girls to have an apron to match their dolls. So the next step was scaling our Mom-size patterns to fit  girls. When I made this apron set for my niece, she and her doll danced around the room in it! So now Blue Star Vermont has aprons to match for all the girls in the family - for moms, for girls and for dolls.