Sewing a Basic Smock Apron

Construct this classic smock apron and embellish to dress up or stick with a basic design for an everyday apron. 

February 2018
By EllynAnne Geisel


The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017), by EllynAnne Geisel showcases new and vintage aprons, four basic apron patterns and a full-size bib apron pattern, recipes, tips on collecting vintage aprons, heart-tugging stories, and the fascinating and enduring history of aprons. Geisel, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado, is the creator of Apron Chronicles, the traveling exhibit and her designs have appeared in Vogue and been worn by Bree in Desperate Housewives. The following is from Chapter 2, “The Anatomy of an Apron.”

You will Need

2-1/2 yards of fabric, 42–45 inches wide; matching thread, scissors, a ruler, a pencil, and straight pins.