This drop-waist apron with its jaunty suspender clips is a S4H classic that’s generated hundreds of downloads since it first debuted. We’re featuring a second look at it today in a beautiful new blend of prints from the Ambleside collection by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. The soft color palette and sweet florals of Ambleside have a country garden feel, but with the added crispness of coordinating ginghams, plaids, and wallpaper stripes. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop provided the yardage as sponsors of this new spin on a popular pattern. 

If you’ve never seen the thousands of fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop, you need to set aside a little time to browse. Not only does FQS have an amazing selection of the best quality quilting cottons, they are also one the best at showcasing the latest collections earlier and in a more colorways. And of course, if you want pre-cuts and quilt kits options galore, Fat Quarter Shop has you covered. Our thanks to the entire team of sewing and quilting experts at FQS for being such great, long-time Sew4Home supporters. 

We chose Flower Garden in Cobblestone for the upper part of the apron and ties with Gingham in Cobblestone for the skirt, pocket and lining. Packaged piping provides three lines of accent color along the top of the bodice, the pocket, and the ruffled skirt.

As with store-bought aprons, our design is meant to be one-size-fits-all. However, we realize you may still wish to make yours smaller or larger. As a reference, the  drop waist is approximately 32″, the waist ties are each approximately 29″ long, the neck is a single adjustable loop cut on the bias, the total length from bodice top to the bottom of the ruffled skirt is about 33″, and the very top of the bodice is 12″ across.

The neck loop is cut on the bias which allows it to lay nicely around your neck and shoulders. Plus, it’s very easy to adjust with the two suspender clips. 

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Mom’s Favorite Apron, go to the original tutorial:

June is 4 Home Improvement: Mom’s Favorite Apron

Our new apron was made following the same basic construction steps as in the original tutorial. 

The main difference is how we mixed two pretty coordinating prints for the front. We love how this gingham is printed on the diagonal, giving a cross-hatch look to the ruffled skirt and pocket. 

We also interfaced the entire top of the of the apron rather than stopping the interfacing at the bodice line as done originally. This gives the apron a smoother front finish while still providing enough stability for the suspender clips as well as the pocket. This additional step means you’ll want to use the armhole pattern to cut out a piece of interfacing in the same manner as the front fabric and the lining.

Want more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:

How to Mix & Match Designer Fabric Collections

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Making the Right Fabric Choice

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