Meghan’s Dress-to-Apron Reader ReFash

Earning My 80's Stripes
Layer Your Way to a Different Era

I am a fan of aprons. If you cook, there is absolutely no reason to not wear one to protect your clothes. While I have a sentimental attachment to my old Starbucks apron from my barista days, you might not have one readily at hand.

Luckily, just about any cotton dress can be transformed into a fun & customized apron!

Enter Meghan with a most practical Reader Refash:

After baking bread for the millionth time and getting flour all over my apron-less self while kneading it, I figured I should probably just suck it up and buy one, or be forever covered in flour. Enter this skater dress that’s been hanging in my closet since high school, and unworn since college:

Before (1)

The fit was fine, and the print is fun, but a bit loud for everyday wear for my own taste, so an apron seemed just the thing for this frock’s next life.

I ripped the seams attaching the straps to the back of the dress, and with my husband’s help ( I couldn’t decide how to angle the front), I made a couple snips to the sides and pinned for a new seam. Then, I cut out a healthy chunk from the back of the dress and did some more pinning, leaving the sash attached.


Now, I’ve never owned an apron before, but for some reason, I felt that it needed pockets. I used the hood from another item that hadn’t made the cut in my closet clean-out and cut out a couple of small (basically useless) pockets, and ironed on some leftover interfacing from a t-shirt quilt I made so that they’d be easier to work with. I also decided to add some scrap ribbon to the top of the pockets and made a somewhat poor first attempt at using a decorative stitch. I got to use up a lot of odds and ends on this project. :)


The only thing left to do before baking more bread was trimming up the old straps and sewing them together for a simple halter strap.

Presto change-o, the final product!

Front After

Back After

This is an awesome example of how, rather than getting rid of something we don’t wear anymore, we can adapt it to fit our needs.

Way to go Meghan! Happy Baking!

4.8 (96.64%) 137 votes

21 thoughts on “Meghan’s Dress-to-Apron Reader ReFash

  1. Great idea. I had a neighbor friend who was old( 92 yrs)she gave me some of her “practical” not necessarily super pretty aprons that she had made. My favorite one was….she had taken a heavier weight linen type of fabric(for the base of the apron)then on the front she gathered then added a neat vintage hand towel(terry cloth type)I love wearing aprons when I cook. When I wash my hands, which I do all the time, because I love mixing everything with my hands, I love being able to dry them on the front part of my apron so the rest of the apron doesn’t get saturated. I wore that apron out and for some reason have not bothered to make my own. :)

  2. Brilliant! Why oh why didn’t I think of this before I donated two dresses similar to the one you’ve shown??? They were so cute, but a little short for my preference. They would have made darling aprons. Next time, I’ll have to look at them with a different perspective. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks great! I also make aprons out of left-over sheeting etc. I find it useful to have a pocket for my cell phone or a spoon or something. I have 3 aprons, two to choose from, one in the wash! I also made just waist level ones as gifts for my sisters from bed skirting (already gathered!), decorating them with left over rick rack or lace bits….

  4. Love the print. This kind of apron is one you will look forward to wearing while baking. I am a messy baker and always seem to get flour everywhere even when I wear an apron. I almost need to wear a HAZMAT suit to keep clean. Awesome refashion. Cheers, Michele

Leave a Reply