Thursday, June 12, 2014

Civil War Apron (A construction and picture post)

 Well, Summer is here, and as if it won't be hot enough at a local NM reenactment in July, I have another piece to wear with my Civil War outfit!
This apron was sewn mostly by hand and was actually salvaged from another project turned sour. 
So, I cut up that other project, said goodbye to hours and hours of work, and moved on to make this apron up. This apron makes me feel more like a camp lady ready to do some work!
Normally, it is a general rule to not mix plaids, but after seeing my dress "check" fabric with the apron's more bold plaid, I found it pleasing and really complementary. I also realize that aprons rarely are made to match and outfit.  Anyway, I am super pleased with this.
 Simple, cute and practical for camp life. And it is very "Lexi-ish".
I have made a vow that I won't make a historical garment just because it is "correct"--I need to like it and feel comfortable in it.

A sewed a bow with white thread near the middle of the top of the apron front bib.
The bib front does not have straps, in the CW era, you pinned the edges up temporarily.

I made pockets, more to keep my hands somewhere than to put items in! I am a pocket freak!  Look how the green accent on my sleeve compliments the apron plaid.
Notice the cream bows on the pockets.

Cream lace accent on the waistband.
Notice (above the waistband) the bib apron-front is slightly gathered.
Notice (below the waist band) the pleating on the apronskirt. They are pleats that meet in the center.

You will notice the apron bib front is slanted near the bottom (where it is attached to the waistband). Even though it is gathered at the bottom, I still cut the bib piece wider at the top, and smaller on the bottom.

The tie ends (which are an extension of the waistband) tie in a bow, although you can make them shorter so they touch edge-to-edge and and close with hook and eyes.

The apron skirt curves around the edges. and forms a beautiful sweep up the edges of my dress, rather than cutting off abruptly with 90 degree edges. The only hard thing about doing the apron skirt this way, is that pin-tucks (to raise the hem) are harder to make.

 So, that is how I made this apron! Very simple and fun! I hope YOU are encouraged to make your own!
Draft your own apron, don't settle for a pattern, have fun, put yourself and personality into it!