One of those dear friends is Toni Gatlin, the face behind the homespun enterprise: Miss Merryheart Aprons. A talented seamstress whose creations have been available through The Baton Rouge Arts Market, Toni has recently taken her business to a new level by now offering her retro-inspired apron patterns in both paper and digital format.
This past month I was granted the privilege of being part of Toni’s initial test group and was allowed to take her pattern for a test drive. I was delighted with the result: a full apron with a double scalloped skirt and a lovely full sash, just like the one pictured above. It is almost too pretty to use, but I have to admit that the double skirt will be great for gathering eggs or a small garden harvest.
One of the things that I liked the most about this pattern is that it is made from a heavier weight paper as opposed to the standard tissue paper. Since the pattern is multi-sized and offers three different style options, this is a product that will hold up well and can easily be used again and again.
The unique style looks like something from a vintage 1950s kitchen ad.
The pattern be made up as a full apron with two different bodice styles, or as a half apron. The bodice and skirt are edged with seam tape (I used this handy gadget to make my own tape). It has a bit more flare than most kitchen aprons but the construction techniques required are simple and straightforward. Don’t allow the scalloped shape of the skirt intimidate you. If you can cut out a pattern and sew a straight stitch, you should easily be able to handle this project and complete it in an afternoon or two.
With the holiday season just around the corner, an apron like this would make the perfect gift for any retro-loving foodies on your list. Even the pattern itself, gifted along with some darling vintage repro fabric would be lovely!
If you would like a shot at winning a pattern Toni has generously offered to give away two: one paper pattern and one in digital format. To register, simply use the rafflecopter widget below. You know the drill! I’ve tried to make it easy: just “like” Miss Merryheart on Facebook and leave a comment below.
Also from now until November 23, Toni is offering a coupon code for 15% off one of the apron patterns listed on her Etsy site. Use coupon code FOX15 at check out.
This giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified.