Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cooking Up An Apron for Mrs. Claus


Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas
and it will be a merry one in this 
wonderful Christmas apron for
Mrs. Claus!


Maybe you have figured it out by now, 
but I have a soft spot in my heart for 
dear
Mrs. Claus.

I am WELL AWARE of how hard she works and
she rarely gets any credit.  She needs a little TLC
this time of year so I created this
gorgeous ruffled apron.


I think we should make up a song for her
that goes a little like
"Mrs. Claus is going to town...
in this apron."


This isn't her everyday work apron, this
is her Christmas Eve party apron.


And she deserves something this dressy 
after all she does to get Christmas ready.

Take my basic directions for making ruffled
aprons from here.
I purchased 1 1/2 yards of red gabardine,
1/2 yard of black gabardine and 
1/2 yard of white Minky fur.
I altered the pattern just a little by making the
bottom of the apron flare out a little more - about
two inches more on each side.  Then I cut the apron
across at the waistline because I wanted the first
ruffle to be inside the seam.

Measure for 3 ruffles (doubling the fabric) about
6 - 7 inches for the first and 6 1/2 - 7 1/2 for the
other two.  Cut white Minky fabric out to 4 1/2 inches
by the length of each ruffle.  Turn the Minky fabric
wrong sides together and serge onto the bottom of your
ruffle pieces.


Also serge a piece of Minky fur onto the top of
your apron bodice.
Finish all edges of the bodice by serging.

Finish the edges of the apron bottom by serging.

Serge all sides of the ruffle pieces, then sew in a gathering
stitch along the top side.  Pull gathering stitch up 
and pin onto the right side of the apron skirt.  Serge
the ruffle on, adjusting gathering as you go.  Then
serge the skirt with the attached ruffle to the bodice
with the fur trim.

Repeat the application of the fur, finishing the edges
and making the gathering stitch and attaching it to the
apron front.

Turn under the serged edges of the bodice and topstitch
in place.

Cut out black fabric 4 1/2 inches by width of your
apron and enough to tie on each side.  You may have to
piece this depending on the length of your fabric.
Sew a seam lengthwise and close off one end.  
Turn, press and finish second end.

Find the center of this black belt and the center
of the apron.  Pin in place and topstitch over the
waist then topstitch on the other side of the band.

Do the same thing for the neckband, determining
the length you need.  Then attach the neckband
on the wrong side of the fur trim.

Attach a buckle by hand sewing it into place.

And your Mrs. Claus will be ready
 to hit the town.

Mrs. Claus will be partying in her new apron with


All fabric and buckle bought at
Hancock Fabrics



Jacqueline
Jacqueline

Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.

57 comments:

  1. That is adorable! I LOVE It!! I believe Mrs. Claus would wear it year round!

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  2. Mrs Claus will be very elegant! I love the jeweled accessory!

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  3. Looks like she's ready to par-tay in that pretty apron, lovin' the bling! It turned out great Jacqueline-have fun:@)

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  4. This is so so so nice !!!!!!!.....love it !!..........xxx...


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  5. THIS is so darn CUTE!!! I don't know if I'll get to it this season, but your tutorial is now in my favorites, for when I CAN get to it!! Thanks for sharing how, and hope you and yours are enjoying the weekend, and this wonderful holiday season!! ~tina

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  6. Mrs. Claus is just so stylish. What a great idea. Love it.

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  7. Very Styling Mrs. Claus!! Love it!
    Perfectly done and you wear it well!

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  8. Now THAT is awesome!!! lucky mrs.claus! anne

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  9. And you sew, too! This apron is adorable. I love the pearl buckle. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

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  10. Hi Jacqueline
    Mrs. Claus is looking awesome, love the bling on the apron.
    Judith

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  11. You are so talented! Love the Mrs. Claus apron and the blingy belt ;)

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  12. thanks for the comment girly! and umm...this is so fantastic--you have mad skills! love it~

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  13. This is just too cute! You did a great job! Hurray for Mrs. Claus!

    XO,
    Jane

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  14. That is just about the cutest Mrs. Clause apron ever!

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  15. I love the apron! I would so wear that - but only when my company was arriving, not when I was really cooking. I wouldn't want to get it dirty!
    Candy

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  16. Oh my goodness, this is way too cute. I simply LOVE it!!! And I was just writing about Mrs. Claus not getting enough credit earlier this week. ;)

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  17. Very cute! I love your creativity!

    Merry Christmas.
    Pam

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  18. From one Mrs. Claus to another...that is FABULOUS! Soooo deserved. You are going to rock the party in that apron! Nicely done. Merry Christmas to YOU!

    Kristine

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  19. This is such a fun and fabulous apron, Jacqueline :) Perfect for a stylish Mrs Claus!

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  20. Wow this is amazing! It is the cutest apron I have ever seen. So cute, what a brilliant idea!

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  21. WOW. WOW. WOW. JACQUELINE....YOU!!!!! This is a must-do project for me over the holiday!!! I WANT A RUFFLED APRON! I actually wore an apron a couple of weeks ago for Thanksgiving and I felt like the grand hostess! And it was so beautiful! But imagine a ruffled one for the spring in summer in some pretty PURPLE or aqua colors? LOVELY DEAREST!!!!!

    And thank you for visiting and for leaving such kind comments. I HUNT for photos and somehow, they speak to me. I am an artist, but SO ARE YOU DEAREST! Pinterest is the place! I had lost my password and to get INTO pinterest again is no easy feat, but I will try again to set up my pinboards. THANK YOU FOR A LOVELY YEAR of friendship my dear! Wow, that is a lovely apron....Anita

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  22. Cute, although I picture Mrs. Claus as a much "rounder" lady, you know one that has sampled a little too much of the cookies and candies. LOL. Merry Christmas!!

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  23. I love it girlfriend! You should sell these babies! That's money right there!!

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  24. Very Chic and Fab! I've loved your blog for a long time but didn't have a way to follow until now. Following and looking forward to your posts!
    Cindy

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  25. How cute is your Apron.. I love it and my daughter would just die for one like this.. I'm going to make one although it may not get to her in time for this year.. it could be a gift for next Xmas...
    Happy Holidays
    Sandy

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  26. Cutest Christmas apron EVER! We would love to give one away to one of our facebook fans next year if you ever go in business!

    We featured your page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/RomanticMarriagescom/166621056713428?ref=ts

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  27. That's the most beautiful Christmas apron I've ever seen! Great job!
    xo Merry Christmas Mrs. Claus!

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  28. Hi Jacqueline, Thank you for following my blog! I am new here in Blogland and I am having sooooo much fun! I am truly honored that you would follow me as I have been a long time "stalker" of your lovely blog. ;) I will follow you on Pinterest too! I agree with you, my sis just sent me the invite and I signed up but nothing seems to show up in my profile although I know things have been pinned. Well, a task for the New Year I guess. Cheers!
    Cindy

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  29. This is the cutest apron I have seen for the holidays! Happy Holidays to you!

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  30. that is a nice apron perfect for the kitchen.

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  31. It's time Mrs. Claus gets her due! It is so cute and festive.. I hope you made Mr. Claus one too! Joni

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  32. Hello my dear friend!

    How are you doing?

    I just wanted to drop by to wish you a very Merry Christmas and to thank you for your kind words!!!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  33. Just beautiful Mrs.Claus :)
    wishing you and yours a very joyous Christmas

    xo~Mari

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  34. Ow.. you are such a talented Mrs Claus. Enjoy your xmas, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!!

    When you survived yesterday, you are much stronger today!
    -MrLightUp

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  35. I'd hit the town in that get up too! I love it. I have to make that!!! I collect aprons and I'll have to add this to my collection. Thanks so much!

    Happy holidays!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's for Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  36. You'll be the best dressed person in the kitchen. So cute. Merry Christmas.

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  37. LOVE it! Mrs Claus will certainly be making a statement this year. You are so creative...I must make one of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo
    Pat

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  38. LOVE it! Mrs Claus will certainly be making a statement this year. You are so creative...I must make one of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo
    Pat

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  39. How cute is this Mrs. Claus apron!!! BIG SMILES HERE!

    Visiting from French Country Cottage linky party today,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois
    Merry Christmas!

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  40. You are sooo right. Mrs. Clause deserves a lot more credit then she gets.

    - The Tablescaper

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  41. This is adorable!! Makes me wish I knew how to use the sewing machine my husband got me for Christmas 2 years ago...that's still sitting in the box.

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  42. This is awesome! That brooch is perfect! I love this! What a great gift it would be. I'm pinning this so I remember for next year.

    I'd love if you would link it up to my party!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/12/latest-and-greatest-friday-12-features.html

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  43. So fabulous! I'd love to have one :)
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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  44. Hi! Visiting from tt&j! Love your apron.. its beyond cute!

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  45. this is so CUTE! I really want to make one.

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  46. You've been featured!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/01/features-from-last-weeks-party.html

    I'm so glad you linked up last week...I just loved this! Hope to see you this week too!

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  47. Oh my GOSH! That is the cutest apron! I'm not a great seamstress but I have made one very basic apron before without a plan or pattern and it was just okay. This inspires me to try it again!

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  48. This is so adorable. I may just have to make me one for next year. thanks.

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  49. Jacqueline, this is beautiful! I do not sew, so won't be able to do this but LOVE it. YOU desreve it for sure. Love the LING:) XO, pinky

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