How to Create a Retro Cocktail Aproncomments (5) July 8th, 2015
I can't think of anything cuter and easier to stitch up than a perky cocktail apron a la Lucille Ball. It makes a great accessory for entertaining (what a conversation starter!) or the perfect unique gift -- all for under $10 and less than half an hour of your sewing time. All you need is a vintage tea towel in a quirky print and a length of wide ribbon to give this waist-hugging cover-up a modern twist.
What You'll Need:
Vintage tea towel
2-1/2 yards of 2-inch-wide ribbon (or bias strip of fabric)
1 yard of 2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon (for backing)
Lightweight fusible interfacing and iron
Hand needle and thread
Step 1: Prepare the tea towel
Before you begin, you may want to gently launder your tea towel. Treat any stains (visit Sdahq.org for more info); then soak in water and mild soap (Linen Wash or Orvus). Rinse, dry flat; then press using a press cloth.
Step 2: Interface your ribbon
From each end, trim about 4 inches of your ribbon, cutting on a diagonal and set aside (these pieces will be used in Step 5.) Cut a strip of interfacing the width of the tea towel just shy of the ribbon width. Center the interfacing on the ribbon and fuse with your iron.
Step 3: Back sash with another ribbon
Cut a piece of grosgrain ribbon the width of the tea towel, plus 1 inch. Press under 1/2 inch on each short ribbon end, and pin it centered on the back of the interfaced ribbon. Topstitch along one long edge.
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