Sunday, June 5, 2011

Finished: "Apple or Cherry, Darlin'?" Apron

Ya want apple or cherry, darlin'? As soon as I slip this apron over my head I feel like a waitress at a diner barking out pie flavors with a thick southern accent. I can just see myself slinging orders of sausage gravy and hashed browns at customers while I pour hot cups of coffee to all the regulars. Okay, okay, maybe my imagination has a tendency to take off on a high speed chase, but just go with it.

Alright, lovely readers, now that we've settled back down into reality, lets take a closer look at the apron that can seemingly transport me away to Route 66.

The details
  • Pattern: Butterick 5474 which is a modern pattern. 
  • View made: E
  • Fabric: Cottons (Free from my aunt's stash) The yellow fabric depicts "The Little Old Lady who Lived in a Shoe"
  • Make again? I think I might make this again, perhaps as presents for Christmas. I'd also like to make some of the other views and already have ideas in my head for them.
  • Recommend to others: Most definitely
Construction Details:
  • I made the collar and undercollar from two different fabrics. I did this because I didn't have enough of either to cut two pieces.
  • There is a small error in the directions that states to construct pieces 13 and 14 in the same manner as view D. You should, however, only do steps 36 through 40 of view D and then return to the first illustrated step for view E.
  • The directions for the collar piece are well written and well illustrated, which was a huge plus since I had never attached a collar of any sort. 
  • You can't see them very well, but there are ten pleats on the green apron skirt, underneath the yellow contrast skirt. 
  • Overall, this is a super cute apron. I love it!
Happy Sewing!


  1. Love it!!! Such a great apron!

  2. OMG, I want one! I love it!

  3. Cute and I love stuff that makes me feel like a waitress in a fifties diner!

  4. I love the diner feel of this. You seriously need to make a pie wearing this.

  5. Thank you all for the sweet comments!

  6. Just wanted to let you know that we like your version of B5474 so much we posted a link to your blog from our Butterick Patterns Facebook page. Great work!

  7. Thanks for your review/blog post on this apron. I am about to attempt my first version and I am SURE your info will help me BIG TIME!

  8. I recently made this apron for my mother as a gift. I had trouble with the last couple of steps attaching the apron to the bodice and the facing of the waistband. Did you have trouble with that part. I found the illustration confusing and something was off about the steps. I ended up doing what I figured was right but I'm still wondering what the steps should have really been. If you can let me know what you did I'd appreciate it. Email me at libybstiles(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Littlebit- I tried emailing you but for some reason the email keeps coming back as "failed to deliver". If you could email me at wannabeseamstress at hotmail dot com I'd be happy to help out! :]