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If you’re a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we are apron enthusiasts. A quick check of our Project Index shows nearly 40 entires in the Aprons category, and they’re always one of our favorite options to consider when we’re designing a new series. Today, we have a fabulous Mother-Daughter set initially designed for the Alfabeto Italiano Collezione, which debuted in 2010 from our friends at Michael Miller Fabrics. A quick run through Etsy and Ebay revealed a few cuts of Alfabeto still available for the dedicated searchers, but we were also delighted to find a new Italian-inspired collection from Dear Stella: Va Bene – 21 prints and solids, including cans of tomato sauce, Vespas and cobblestones. We’ve re-drawn our original aprons with specific selections from this fab new collection. Molto bello per mamma e bambina.

Our aprons were originally inspired by the fitted yet flouncy dresses Sophia Loren wore in her wonderful movies from the 1960s. We combine a lovely wrapped bodice with a full, peek-a-boo skirt and a tattered flower accent at the waistband. It’s sophisticated yet fun at full-size for Mother, and is cute-as-can-be in a mini version for Daughter.

Va Bene is a fairly new fabric, but we found a great selection already at Marketplace vendor, Fat Quarter Shop.  

We offer downloadable patterns for the bodice (both the large and small versions) and, as always, our great step-by-step instructions make construction easy. 

Go to the original Mama Apron using Alfabeto Italiano Collezione.

Go to the original Bambina Apron using Alfabeto Italiano Collezione.

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