Pattern Review ~ Sunday Dinner Apron

on January 7 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 38 Comments

From Beth: Toni has a great way with color and pattern. Her designs often feature some of our favorite fabric collections! Learn more about Toni and find links to her blog and shops in her introduction, then be sure to enjoy her pattern review below.
Sunday Dinner Apron from Vanilla House Designs
This halter-top apron is totally modern with it’s varied fabric options and figure fitting style. The pocket embellishment completes its trendy theme. (from pattern back)


Sunday Dinner Apron by Toni, Toni Hamel Designs

Fabric Recommendations
Any quilting cotton would do for this design. I wouldn’t recommend working with anything too heavy.
From pattern back: Based on 42″ minimum wide fabric washed.
For complete details please click on “View Larger Image” below the pattern in our shop.

Overall Design 4 stars
I think the design is adorable, but changes would have to be made for larger bustlines. The pocket cut outs are super cute as well but could be a little deeper of a pocket.


Pocket detail.


Written Instructions 4 stars
The written instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

Diagrams / Images 4 stars
Since there is an “A” version and a “B” version of the pattern, I think it would be helpful to the beginner seamstress if there was a fabric layout diagram that shows which pieces to cut from which fabrics to get to the desired “A” or “B” design.

Pattern Pieces 5 stars
The pattern pieces are easy to cut and understand.

Overall Level of Difficulty Beginner to Intermediate
The overall level of difficulty is beginner to intermediate. Fairly easy to assemble but for some beginners they may get confused with the pocket cut outs and lining. (Very creative idea!)


Bustline detail.

Modifications + Tips
I would most likely modify the bodice slightly to adjust the pattern for larger bustlines as well as fit it a little more along the sides to prevent puckering.

I really love the design of this apron and can see myself recreating this for myself and friends/family after a few modifications of course…

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38 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Sunday Dinner Apron

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  12. Staci says:

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  13. love this apron! thanks for the review!

  14. Kristin says:

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  15. Felecia says:

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  16. Becca says:

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  17. Toni says:

    Thanks so much everyone! I really enjoyed reviewing this pattern. Sharon, my tip for bias tape is to PIN PIN PIN! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I put my pins in lengthwise and with this particular bias application, I used a zig zag stitch so they would have a little ease, being circular and all. Hope this helps.

  18. Emily Swell says:

    I was going to suggest “Friday Night Apron” as a new title, considering the low, flirty neckline, but Vanilla House already has a Friday Night Apron, with an even deeper, v-plunge neckline. This one IS modest, Sunday-wear in comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Christi says:

    Does anyone know if the Friday Night Apron will accommodate a larger bustline easier?

  20. Annie says:

    Totally adorable. The fabric is SO PERFECT!

  21. Anna H. says:

    Super cute choice of fabrics and the pockets are delightful. In the short time that I have been sewing, I often find that the bustline needs adjusting to fit a larger bust. Hmmm. I wonder if there is a tutorial out there that could help with this issue? hint, hint ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. barbe says:

    I agree, its cute! I am especially in love with your pattern combinations.
    I have hesitated to buy this for the very reason you mention about larger busts. I’m a DD and flat triangles for the bust just wont’ work. I have a vintage Simplicity cobbler apron that has darts but I need to resize it.

    Hope the designer comes out with a Version 2 of this pattern with the bust adjusted!

  23. Meredith says:

    Thank you for this review, the apron is delightful!

  24. Betty says:

    Great details on this. Very contrasty.

  25. I love this apron!! It almost looks like a dress!!

  26. Rachel says:

    This review is so timely. I was thinking about making a new apron. There are so many patterns to choose from. Thanks for the tips on the pockets and bustline. If I choose this pattern, I’m make a mockup of the bodice with muslim before I cute into the good stuf..

  27. Cheryl says:

    Oh, I am so glad you reviewed this pattern. I have been eyeing it and the “Friday Night Apron” as well.

  28. Teddi says:

    Love your fabric choices – very sassy! I’ve made a couple of aprons from this pattern – the pockets can be a bit tricky – just be careful when cutting! Also, the neck strap buttons are purely decorative as written in the pattern. I think the next time I made it, I might tweak the pattern to make button holes and make at least one side functional. Just a thought… Love your apron Toni!

  29. Lola says:

    I love that Apron!! I love the fabrics that you used too! Great review, makes me want to try the pattern out! Thanks!

  30. This is adorable! Love the fabric, too. Very much not your grandmas apron. Thanks, ladies!

  31. Sharon Gollman says:

    I always have trouble sewing bias tape and catching it on both sides of the fabric. Is there any tricks to doing this? Otherwise, I love this pattern and fabric choice and can see myself making it for several birthdays coming up!

  32. Jill says:

    I think this pattern is a great young & creative version of our lowly predesessor the working apron.This would take our home duties up a notch just donning this!! I love the look of using many coordinated fabrics !!

  33. I completely agree with Toni about increasing the bustline. I made a Christmas version, and it is WAY cute, but even for my small butsline, I would have liked for it to have had a little more coverage (mostly lengthwise for me). And I didn’t think about it (maybe because mine is Christmas-y and I haven’t worn it much) , but deeper pockets would be helpful- and such an easy modification. Thanks, Toni!

  34. Cocoa says:

    So adorable! I love the fabric choices.

  35. Natalie Edwards says:

    I am in love with this apron. How darling. I would love to have my husband come home to me wearing this!!!!

  36. Thanks for a helpful review. What pretty aprons!

  37. Kathleen says:

    Cute apron and great fabric choices!

  38. Libby says:

    The apron design is very pleasing and the choice of fabric is spectacular.

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