Apron Clearance

July 15, 2011

I am currently in the process of clearing out a bunch of stock to make room for new things. As these things go, I’ve found some vintage-inspired hostess aprons that I’m putting on clearance for only $10 (regular price is $35—that’s over 70% off!)

So here’s the deal—just like past clearance sales, I don’t have time to photograph these sale items. I’m going to number the aprons, and describe the color and fabric combinations of each one. All these clearance aprons are my Oh Deer! apron design, which is this style:

These are the aprons I have available for $10 each:

Tulle Skirt: Purple
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: Light gray cotton fabric with delicate purple & lavender rosebuds
Rickrack Accents: Lavender

Tulle Skirt: Chocolate Brown
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: Cotton fabric with thin white & pink stripes Rickrack Accents: White

Tulle Skirt: Rose Pink
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: Black cotton fabric with pink rosebuds and tiny delicate polkadots
Rickrack Accents: Dark Rose Pink

Tulle Skirt: Cotton Candy Pink
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: Pink & white gingham cotton fabric
Rickrack Accents: White

Tulle Skirt: Cotton Candy Pink
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: Pink & white gingham cotton fabric
Rickrack Accents: White with tiny flecks of gold (vintage)

Tulle Skirt: White
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: Sky blue & white gingham cotton fabric
Rickrack Accents: White

Tulle Skirt: Purple
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: White cotton fabric with delicate purple flowers
Rickrack Accents: Spring green (matches the leaves in the cotton fabric)

Tulle Skirt: Light Pink
Waistband/Ties/Pocket: White cotton fabric with tiny pastel hearts in pink, mint green, baby blue, and lavender
Rickrack Accents: Pink

• US Shipping is $3, no matter how many you order!
• International Shipping is $5, no matter how many you order!

If you’d like to place an order, please send me an email at christine@flappergirl.org, letting me know which apron(s) you’d like to buy. I will then set up a reserved order for you on Etsy, and update this page as aprons are sold. Thanks!

2010 Retro Christmas Aprons

November 18, 2010

Back in September I mentioned that I was going to introduce two new holiday apron designs for 2010. Well, I can’t believe the time has come to unveil them. Here they are!

Vintage Inspired 1950s Holiday Apron

“Oh by gosh, by golly,
It’s time for mistletoe and holly,
Fancy ties and Grandma’s pies,
And folks stealing a kiss or two,
As they whisper Merry Christmas to you”

This apron is inspired by ‘A Christmas Story’ (my favorite holiday film), vintage holiday albums I listened to on my parents’ record player as a kid, and my collection of holiday elves and reindeer from the 1950s.

Features a fun retro print apron skirt with waistband & ties made from a contrasting red and white gingham cotton print. The skirt is adorned with white jumbo rickrack accents & handmade deer and heart appliques featuring hand-embroidered details.

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Winter Snowflake Christmas Apron

This beautiful, fabulous retro apron is inspired by Snegurochka the snow princess from Russian folklore, Queen Frostine from CandyLand, and the enchanting images I’ve seen of the Icehotel in Lapland.

This feminine design is made from a silky sheer blue fabric with silver glitter snowflakes. Waistband and pockets are made from beautiful, white textured vintage fabric. Ties are made from ice blue cotton. Navy Blue rick-rack accents complete the look.

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Need one of these Flapper Girl aprons to spice up your holiday baking and party plans? You can find these designs in the Flapper Girl Boutique.

Flapper Girl Halloween Apron in Action

October 26, 2010

Vintage Halloween Apron Witch Costume

Check out the lovely Theresa of Roaring Design sporting her Flapper Girl Halloween Hostess Apron. I love that she wore it as part of her retro witch costume! Be sure to check out Theresa’s beautiful blog, and the awesome pirate ship she carved out of pumpkins.

Update on Christmas Aprons

September 20, 2010

This past Saturday the rain really came down all day long, so I stayed inside and got some sewing done. I finished up the last few Halloween aprons that were lying around half-finished, and I got an excellent start on winter holiday aprons.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m creating two new seasonal apron designs for winter, and bringing back four of my most popular designs from last year.

The new apron designs I came up with are exact opposites of each other, and I’m really digging that. One is a very fancy, sparkly, and wintry hostess apron in cool tones, while the other is a very festive, kitschy, and Xmas-y traditional half apron in warm tones. Here’s a sneak peek/teaser of the latter design:

Kitschy Christmas ArponYes, I hand-cut all those tiny reindeer antlers for multiple aprons all by myself.

Oh! While we’re on the subject of production, I wanted to ask you something. While I’m making my seasonal goodies this year, is there any part of my creative/production process that you’d like me to document and share on the blog? It doesn’t have to just pertain to aprons, either. It could be about my cupcake toppers or garlands too.

Introducing Flapper Girl’s 2010 Halloween Aprons & Other Wearables

August 24, 2010

It’s time! I can’t believe it! I’ve worked so hard on this year’s Halloween wearables collection, and I’m so excited to unveil it. I love how everything turned out, and I hope you like it too!

In addition to the new designs, I’ve also brought back a few of the most popular apron designs from last year. You can see all of our latest spooky offerings over at the Flapper Girl Boutique.

Click on any image below for a detailed view.


Flocked Halloween Apron Vintage Inspired

Skull Pirate Apron

 Trick or Treat Retro Tulle Halloween Hostess Apron

Vintage Inspired Halloween Apron

 Spooky Owl Night Vintage-Inspired Halloween Tulle Hostess ApronThis last design was originally an OOAK apron I made for myself last year, but since so many people wanted to purchase one last year but couldn’t, I decided to make this design available for purchase this year!


Golden Owl Brooch

Retro Prize Ribbon

Retro Halloween Cat Brooch

Retro Halloween Ribbon

Meet Stitch Witchery, Your New Best Friend

August 4, 2010

I’ve been making aprons for over three years now. A combination of plenty of practice sewing these, and a bit of trial-and-error experimentation with my method has brought me to a place where I can make these babies pretty quickly without error, and without needing to double-check my steps.

However, the last step in my apron process has always given me a little bit of trouble. All the last step involves is finishing the waistband, and sewing the open seam in the back closed. It sounds simple enough, but it’s a little tricky, because of the rick-rack trim on the front.

I’m a perfectionist, and I make sure that my stitches never veer off of the rick-rack onto the fabric. As such, I have to sew the back waistband seam closed from the front. So I can’t see it as I’m sewing it. I have to depend on pins to keep it in place. And let me tell you, pins and me… we’re not exactly the best of friends. The pins somehow tend to let things slip around back there, and sometimes there will be parts of the back seam that don’t get stitched closed, and I have to go back and stitch them up. It’s sort of a pain.

Well, this week I made a huge discovery. I was working with some apron waistbands that were made from silky, slippery material, and there was no way I could even pin this stuff down. What’s a girl to do? That’s when I remembered I had bought some Stitch Witchery* at the Kitten awhile back, and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

Holy. Smokes. This stuff is amazing. Instead of wrestling with unruly pins, all I did was put a little strip of it underneath the seam I was going to sew.

Stitch Witchery Aprons

Then I ironed it down, using plenty of steam.

Stitch Witchery Iron

And it totally holds everything in place! I was able to do my final stitching flawlessly and everything turned out perfect. So now I am using it on all my aprons, not just the ones with the silky waistbands, and I’m excited about it!

* I admit I really love the name Stitch Witchery, and I love saying it too. Kudos to the marketing genius who thought it up. Now all they need is a rad witch logo to ago along with the awesome name.

Halloween Sneak Peek #2

July 30, 2010

Here are a few teaser shots of some of the Halloween garlands I’ve completed. There are still two designs to come. In fact, I’m waiting for one last paper ephemera element to come in the mail before I can complete my Art Deco Witch garland.

Retro Paper Halloween Garlands

Retro Paper Halloween Garlands

I’ve also got a new really awesome non-Halloween garland design completed that I’m going to unveil soon. Stay tuned!

Halloween Sneak Peek #1

July 27, 2010

I’m going to be posting a few teasers this week for my Halloween line. So far, everything is coming along great! I even have plans to make some really awesome brooches made of fabric and paper. I had think about the logistics of making jewelry out of paper first, though, but I think I’ve figured it out. I’m going to do a test run tomorrow and see how it goes. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, a few sneak peeks (with more to come later in the week).

Retro Halloween Fabric

Vintage Dresden Halloween Cats

Retro Halloween Flocked Kitty Fabric

Retro Halloween Paper Scraps

Are you getting as excited as I am? ♥
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Oh! I also wanted to mention that I stocked the Flapper Girl Boutique with some super cute Vampire Bat coffee cozies.

They are a limited edition, only available through October 31, and are $12 each. However, my Xmas in July Sale is going on right now, so if you want to score one of these cozies for only $10 + FREE SHIPPING, then be sure to do so before the sale ends this Saturday, July 31.

Sorry if you were hoping to get one of these cozies in the golden harvest colorway. I sold the last one on Sunday.

Halloween Coffee Cozies

Flapper Girl Aprons in the Globe & Mail

July 18, 2010

Flapper Girl Aprons in the Globe & Mail

I have super exciting news! Yesterday the Globe and Mail—one of Canada’s biggest newspapers—used some photos of my aprons to illustrate a story they did about the resurgence of the apron. It’s a bit surreal to see two of my apron designs featured alongside designs by Antrhopologie.

If you want to check out the story, it’s right here, and to see the slide show of apron photos, click the “Photos” tab up near the beginning of the article, or the “View Photos” tab three paragraphs in.

Acquired Fabric

December 20, 2009

Check out this awesome retro Valentine’s Day fabric I just bought! I’m thinking this will make some pretty fantastic aprons. I have a lot of new Valentine’s Day treats in the works at the moment. I can’t wait to unveil everything late next month.