Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bungalow Aprons: Is This Pattern the Holy Grail?


I'm currently slightly obsessed with the "Diane" Kimono Dress and here's why. It doesn't use any zippers or buttons, which makes it super fast and easy, but it still fits well because of the drawstring waist. More importantly, when made up in the just-below-the-knee length, it turns out to be the perfect bungalow apron! It hits all the marks--a comfortable fit, made from crisp cotton, short sleeves, and it has that indefinable 1910-20's air.

 I think it looks very lounge dress-y in the longer length shown above, but the shorter length is definitely happening! Compare here with the real thing. See, you can do the contrast inset belt and hem, and sleeve trim. All that's different is the crossover front.


16 comments:

Carol Pack Urban said...

I like it! Very pretty!

Polly said...

The picture on the pattern cover below the post title makes it look like the model is, in fact, wondering if she is wearing the holy grail of bungalow aprons.

I think maybe yes. I have purchased no fewer than FIVE dresses (online) that were attempts at a comfortable summery housedress/casual dress and all of them had to be sent back. I had lost hope. But I do have about 5 yards of pink polka-dotted drapey quilter's cotton that needs to be used sometime. I like the sleeves and the lack of closures (who has time for installing zippers with a toddler in the house? I don't.) I like the cinching-waist idea, but worry that it may lend a maternity air to the dress...those high waists are so tricky.

Have you sewn this pattern yet, Anna? If so, do you think it is flattering?

Xenia Kathryn said...

I've had that pattern for a year now, yet haven't sewn it. I even cut out the fabric for it! This is good inspiration to finish it up :) I'd love to see your versions!

Carolyne said...

So much fun to see *my* new favorite pattern here today!
I heartily agree, it fits and performs very well no matter your task (or event).

Anna said...

Polly, I've made it and it's not at all maternity, though I shared your concern. For me, at least, the waist hits in the right spot to flatter.

This dress also takes an amazingly small amount of fabric. I think it's way under three yards. 2.5 maybe?

Lisa said...

It's very cute! I have her tiered skirts pattern/booklet, which I hope to make soon.

Lisateresa

seashoreknits said...

Anna, thank you for bringing this pattern to our attention! I've been on the lookout for a bungalow apron/dress ever since you first posted about them. I'm very motivated now to purchase this pattern and try it out. We would love to hear more about how it has/will perform for you around the house.

Leah H said...

I really like this! Just went and bought the pattern. Did it fit without too many alterations when following the measurement guidelines? Did you find the v-neck to be modest without alteration? (I trust your opinion on this) :)

Margo said...

fascinating. I don't think I know much about bungalow aprons.

I do, however, know about elastic drawstring waistlines! I made a 70s sundress that is super comfy and, I like to think, flattering; it is certainly not maternity looking! (here's the blog post with a picture of the dress: http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2012/08/back-with-new-sundress.html

Anna, is this a housedress to you? Wearing to town, at all?

Anna said...

Margo, I think the degree of housiness is up to you. My first two iterations of this are definitely nice casual dresses--in fact I wore black-and-white print to church this morning.

I'm going to do it soon in something *very* bungalowish, and even bind the bodice with bias binding. Gingham, maybe.

Laura Lynn said...

This Bungalow Apron post has revitalized my knack for sewing.
I've just placed my order with Serendipity and will be dusting off the sewing machine while dreaming of fabric & notion choices for this dress.
It's what is missing in my wardrobe.
Thanks, Anna.

{{* *}}

Margaret in VA said...

Love Serendipity Patterns! I'd love to see a pic of you in one of your creations from this pattern.

Rebekah said...

Do post pictures of your versions!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the look of this dress!
Having recently become re-aquainted with dress wearing, following a rather significant weight loss, I am tempted to purchase the pattern and some lovely fabric and give it a go! However, my sewing skills are rather limited and rusty. Do you feel it too much for a novice seamstress? Thanks in advance for your advice!

Anna said...

The pattern explains things very clearly, and it's rated an easy pattern (I think). And it is easy! You will have to be able to make two buttonholes for the drawstrings to come out--but actually you could use grommets if you really wanted to.

Shara said...

Thanks for sharing the information about this pattern. I've just placed an order for it. I can't wait to try it out.

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