Audrey Hepburn Girlie Apron
This cotton celebrity apron has all the feminine touches of the legend herself. Little details like the wide sheer hem, the polka dots, and the rhinestone neckline accent will make you feel a star in the kitchen. Wash all the elements before making the apron to insure it won’t shrink with later washings. I made two changes in the original pattern: the straight neckline, and a shorter bias cut hem ruffle - mine is three inches. Serging the edge of the sheer fabric with the rolled hem feature, resulted in a ruffled look edge. I airbrushed the image on the apron but you can also paint it on with a brush or sponge. The stencil source is listed at the bottom of the page.
BEFORE PAINTING, ALWAYS WASH AND DRY FABRIC (WITHOUT FABRIC SOFTENER). DURING PAINTING, COVER EXPOSED FABRIC TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.
step 1 - Cut out all pattern pieces being sure to cut straight across the top of the apron. Trace fabric to create a matching interfacing.
step 2 - Press a soft crease in the apron from the neckline to the hem to mark the center.
step 3 - Prepare the fabric for painting by slipping cardboard under it. Spray adhesive on the back of the stencil then center it on the bib portion of the apron. The top of the image should be about three inches down from the top edge of the fabric.
step 4 - Spray the stencil. When paint is completely dry, remove the stencil. Allow the paint to set for 24 hours. With a protective cloth over the ironing board, press the back of the painted fabric for 30-45 seconds to set the paint.
step 5 - Sew the facing onto the top of the apron. Press the facing to the wrong side.
step 7 - Sew the sheer hem fabric across the bottom of the apron and finish off the seam with zig zag stitching or a serger. My sheer ruffle is shorter than called for on the pattern so I added the difference to the bottom of the cotton piece.
Not all paints can be set in the same way. Be sure to read the directions on the paint you choose.
- 2 yds. white cotton fabric
- 1 yd. sheer fabric
- 1 1/3 yard polka dot ribbon 1.5” wide
- rhinestone buckle
- sewing notions
- See & Sew Apron Pattern B5125 or Butterick 4945
- painters tape
- repositionable adhesive stencil spray
- Paper towels
- ColorArtzairbrush kit and Black Tie paint color pouch