>Reproducing Vintage aprons

>I have drafted paper patterns for most of the aprons from GGH. I have about 4 more to go out of the 30 + aprons. A few of the aprons have chicken scratch or smocking on gingham which makes them a little tough to write a pattern for. But having the original in front of me, I can do something fairly similar just by counting stitches and reproducing that as I go, or measuring, in the case of the smocked one. These are not exact replicas of the old ones GGH had because I wanted bigger pockets and the gingham is not the exact size as the originals. This is because I was using gingham I already had on hand. Which is fine with me since I only planned on making one of each of these type so I could have the pattern on hand when the aprons are gone. I have never done chicken scratch before, nor have I smocked gingham, but I have done normal smocking before. So I figured I could do this easily enough.


This pink apron you have seen the original of already; it was black and posted on day 7. Some day I will own a dress form or mannequin or something so I can take pictures of clothes easily; ’till then, oh well.


This next apron I have not posted the original yet, so this is sort of a sneak peek at a future apron of GGH. The original was black and the same gingham as day 7. But this one had chicken scratch embroidery.


waistband detail


hem detail


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annemarie
    Jul 02, 2008 @ 16:05:00

    >Chicken scratch is actually very easy. As talented as you are, I know you will have no trouble with it. I wish I knew how to smock – it is on my “to learn” list. I hope you and your family are doing okay as I know this is a difficult time for all of you.


  2. sunshine
    Jul 02, 2008 @ 16:17:00

    >Annemarie these are the reproductions. Smocking isn’t hard. Chicken scratch in most cases is just cross stitch in a few it incorporated tenerrife lace which I do as well but there is none of that in GGh’s aprons. These two I get to keep and have already used to make a cake today for my middle daughters birthday.


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