Denise in Apron

Men’s Shirt to Fancy Little Apron? Yes! And it was such a fun project. However, I was not the first to think of this.

If you look around the web you will find many great ideas that use men’s shirts.

Here you see it modeled by my OLDER sister, I swear it is not me!  She hadn’t done her hair for two days and she looks a little chubby around the middle. But her arms look okay, I guess. Geez, if you are going to have your picture taken you really should prepare properly! This is not my finest moment – my husband snapped the picture and husband’s don’t always consider the most important component of a picture is in capturing YOUTHFUL beauty. Ahem

But I digress. 

It started with one of my husband’s work shirts. Since he retired he never wears them except to funerals and weddings. So I confiscated a nice blue one and started cutting.

The first thing I did was to cut up the side seams and remove the sleeves, cutting around the arm hole seams. You will use these sleeves to create the ties.

Shirt back but from front

Next I separated the back from the front. From the top of each arm hole I cut the front shoulder line seam to the collar stand and then trim the back away from the collar stand, cutting as close as I could (don’t snip through the stand!). This leaves you with a shirt-back to create something else! More on that when I get an idea.

Trim collar

Lay the shirt flat, stand collar up and use a long ruler to draw a diagonal line from under the collar at collar stand (note the top picture and you can get an idea of where to start) to a point on the shirt where the tie would go – so about at the waist. Cut on that line.

Stitch from neckline to bottom

I prepared to machine hem the diagonal cut but switched to pink grosgrain ribbon to finish the edge as it was easier and faster and it looked colorful! Trim as close as possible to the ribbon for a nice finish.

Grosgrain ribbon trim

I used the machine to hem each side of the apron straight down from where the ribbon ends to the hem of the shirt.

Sewing Seam

I am sorry to say the my tie-making pictures did not turn out well but I started with the sleeve (cuff removed) and ironed it flat. I measured 1″ out from either side of the center line of each sleeve on so I had a 2″ strip the length of the sleeve. Square off both ends then fold the strip matching the long cut edges and stitch together with a 1/2 seam. Create a diagonal on one end of the tie or just stitch it square. Keep one end open and turn to the right side. It helps to have a long wooden dowel to gently press into the sewn tie-end while turning. Press well. Alternatively, you could also use ribbons for the ties making it super easy!!

Sew the ties onto the shirt, reinforce by stitching a square where the tie meets the shirt.

Princess Bride Beer Break

At this point, I took a break! Sewing causes a mighty thirst. I always put beer first! (Stop rhyming!) Get it?

Onward and upward. I did not want to remove the existing pocket but I did want it fancier! I traced the pocket and created a pattern on a piece of cute fabric adding 1/2 extra to turn under and press on all sides. Then I unpicked the existing pocket about 3/4 down on either side. I placed the new pocket on top of the old and pinned on tucking the new pocket top under the old pocket.  Lazy = genius I always say.

Inside pocket view

The I stitched around the pocket to secure.

Front with pocket

And voila! Cute new apron.  I just have to tell you that the form this apron is on is actually one my husband and I made to fit the shirts and jackets I make for my adult son. (Thus no breasts in the picture…haha!).

One day I’ll have to tell you how I made the form…. it was pretty funny.  But I’ll save that for another time.

If you have any questions you can email me denise(at)bebetsy(dot)com. Here is link to another blog for their instructions: Gabriel’s Good Tidings

Hasta la vista, baby!


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2 Responses to Men’s Shirt to Fancy Little Apron

  1. Amy says:

    Very clever, Denise! And I think you (I mean your older sister, sorry!) looks mah-velous!

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