June Cleaver apron

Unfortunately, I did not grow up watching Leave It to Beaver. But I understand that June Cleaver would have gone nuts for an apron like this:


Though I don’t have a string of pearls to hang around my neck, I promise I was wearing my pearl studs :).

Pattern: Butterick 6567, Vintage Aprons, version A, size medium.

Materials: heavy-weight cotton and piping from Winmil Fabrics. Though I’m not sure how much of each I used, I know it was dirt cheap – the cotton was $3/yard, and the piping less than a dollar/yard.

I’m entirely predictable, it seems. Finished the skirt 7 months behind schedule, and the apron is at least equally tardy.

The vintage details which initially attracted me to this pattern took a lot of time to get just right, especially by a novice seamstress like myself. But I think you’ll agree that it was time well spent:


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from left to right: princess seams for structured coverage; flouncy ties; overtly cheerful flower fabric, with even louder orange piping; gathered ruffle at the front.

I know I have to show you the inside finishing, too. In this case, no problem, since I’m quite proud of my work. You see, with the exception of the skirt, the entire apron is lined. Lots of turning pieces inside and out, with the rest of the apron squeezing in for the ride. Thank goodness for hump jumpers!


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from left to right: the apron is lined almost in its entirety; inside of waistband, where I had to do a bit of hand sewing; joins look as neat inside as they do on the outside.

I admit that I received a lot of help from my sewing teacher with this project, especially when it came to lining the 7 pieces which make up the top of the apron, all while finagling piping into the seams. But the basics are starting to settle in – selecting a pattern and fabrics, cutting, pinning, reasoning how the pieces go together, using the appropriate features of the sewing machine… I’m feeling good about this sewing thing!

If I only felt that good about… cooking!


81 thoughts on “June Cleaver apron

  1. yaiAnn

    How funny! We both had aprons to show this weekend. I love that yours is lined. I wish mine was. Anyways, love yours. The fit looks perfect and teh details look professional. And I love the fabric as well. The blue and orange go great together. Reminds me of my favorite oranges, clementines! Great job!

  2. Lori

    I’m more than happy to do the cooking, if you keep on the sewing. Ohhh, every time I try to sew I remember how tedious and laborous it it. So many more details and steps than you ever think when you start a project. Much respect to your sewing hobby.

  3. Mary K. in Rockport

    Beautiful apron – I love the old-fashioned ones that cover up a lot, too, but I confess I buy them at a local emporium. For someone who doesn’t like to cook, you’ve got a serious set of knives there behind you!

  4. Heather

    Great fabric!

    I saw something not nearly as nice but it was at Urban Outfitters and I think it was supposed to pass for a dress?

    Yours is much better.

  5. Scarlett

    I have been sewing my own clothes since I was twelve. I think you did an excellent job!

    I love piping and think it made your apron.

    However, I am old enough to remember my mother wearing these in the kitchen and remember fondly her special christmas apron with the appliqued poinsettas on it. She would never actually cook with it, just wear it for Christmas Parties. In the sixties, everyone had huge, huge cocktail christmas parties that lasted all afternoon and into the night and early morning.

    Sigh, memories.

  6. Katie

    Very cute! I love your choice of fabric and piping. I think blue and orange are a fantastic combination (opposite sides of the color wheel, and all that).

  7. Cynthia

    I’m so in awe of your skills. It looks seriously good! Things like that end up in disaster for me all the time, I have a serious hate relationship with sewing, LOL!

  8. Danielle

    Nice job Kathy! You’ve done a fabulous job especially since you are a newer seamstress. My daughter would love playing dress-up with it.

  9. Karlie

    Cute! I made this apron too, also in a vintage-type fabric in light blue and pink, and used pink bias tape instead of piping. I also didn’t line mine, because I was limited in my fabric amount (it was a remnant). But I love it! And I love aprons with bibs, because I’m a little short and often get flour on my shirt and not just my pants.

  10. Ashley

    Oh the blue and orange together–fantastic! Beautiful job, Kathy! And I agree with previous commenters-if you can do that, cooking is no problem!

  11. Carla

    Adorable apron! The piping makes it, Kathy! I love to put piping all over the place, too, and you did an EXCELLENT job with it for the sewing novice you claim to be. Enjoy your cute apron!

  12. Amy

    Beautiful! (And moving yummy take-out onto serving dishes *totally* counts as cooking if you’re wearing a fab apron!)

  13. Tove

    You should be holding a tray of roast beef in one hand, and a vacuum cleaner in the other!

    Seriously though, it looks fantastic.

  14. Rhiannon


    I’ve used that exact same pattern, although the finished product is… not so well-finished. I would never show anyone the wrong side of my apron.

  15. Vivapia

    Lovely! I’m so jealous, I’m always running around in the apron I made in fifth grade. Though I have a matching “oven-glove” (don’t know the english term for it). I recommend you to make one if you have some extra fabric! It’s a great way to make people feel relaxed, greating them in a matching apron and “oven-glove”. 😀

  16. Marlena

    Beautiful work! I’ve come to the realization that if I want to sew beautiful clothes, I have to pay attention to the little details, like that piping!

  17. Adriana

    What a cute apron. You did a really good job with it. Though I am curious what made you decide that you had to make a vintage apron 🙂

  18. Leslie

    The PIPING! Ah, the piping! Yes, I can truly appreciate all the work you put into that apron! I was an idiot and decided to do the ‘piping’ version of pajamas for my kid and was so mad at myself for having forgotten what a PITA piping is! You did good, Girl! Piping, lining,…truly amazing…

  19. Angie

    I was just going to inquire about your sewing progress, bravo, bravo! It is a beautiful apron and well above a beginner skill level. Keep up the good work

  20. elizabooth

    Super cute! I love the pattern and the fabric. And hey, a girl can use a nice apron even if she’s serving take-out (especially if you’re clumsy like me!)

  21. Unni


    I just wanted to thank you for the pattern of Black Sea hat! I just made one for myself ;o)

    Happy New Year!

    Unni from Noway

    PS! I love your cat ;o)

  22. Brenda

    Great apron! You are really learning how to sew properly, which you will be thankful for. The fabric and piping look great. I need to start sewing again. It’s like riding a bicycle, I hope.

    Cooking is like biochemistry. Learn the terms, know how different terms should look, sound, smell and then find a good cookbook, set up your work area and ingredients, and go to it. You also need a few good quality tools. If you ever want a cookbook recommendation, just email me; I have dozens and I’ve cooked from them all.

  23. Magatha

    Really excellent job! I’ve been sewing for 37 years and I don’t think I could have done a finer job. The fabric choice is really perfect.

    Next thing we know you’ll have your very own Grumperina shaped dress form. 😉

  24. Misty

    OK, I’ve been sewing for over 20 years, and NOTHING I’ve made looks that good.

    The apron is lovely, and forget about cooking – that’s for role-playing!

    (Oops, did I type that out loud?)

  25. laurie

    Oh my Lord that is the cutest thing I have seen in ages! You are not a noice seamstress at all! Look at the piping on that sucker!

  26. kmkat

    I think it is hilarious that the urban, hip generation likes vintage aprons. I’m old enough to remember the originals, so they don’t inspire much passion in me save for a vague, um, no thanks. Aren’t we all funny in our tastes?

    Beautiful workmanship, btw, but of course we are not surprised. 😉

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