Crossback Apron

Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was working on a secret project? Well, it was this:

This is the Crossback Apron from the Purl Soho blog, and I made it for my sister as a Christmas gift. I made it with some basic Joann Fabrics linen I paired it with a new cookbook from Claire Saffitz, of Gourmet Eats fame. Before Bon Appetit started being the worst, my sister and I were obsessed with their videos. They all wore crossback aprons, and I definitely coveted one, but online they were like… 50-150$. Which I’m sure was fine given the quality and the amount of use you would get out of it, but just was a bit more than I was willing to spend for an item that you wear in the kitchen to get covered in food.

I actually got the idea to make this apron after seeing Muna and Broad include it as their Patreon-only extra pattern in November. I’ve been stalking Muna and Broad as I slowly build up the desire and confidence to sew garments, and I think they do a wonderful job of specifically designing for fat bodies. I wanted to support their work, but given that I’m still a new sewer, I was hesitant to pay a monthly subscription just for this pattern. So that lead to some searching and I found the Purl Soho post. But, after doing this I did support Muna and Broad on Patreon and now I’m going to make their version of the pattern for myself.

In terms of actually making it, it went pretty well. I still struggle a bit with measuring and cutting the correct size pieces with straight lines, but it didn’t hurt me too much here. It was definitely a bit fiddly to make in certain parts and took me about 6 hours over the course of two days. The pattern itself is very clear and easy to understand, I like the fact that it has pockets but it’s a little odd to have on the side. It’s one size only, though there is some info in the comments about how to adapt it for other sizes. In terms of my execution, there is one seam flipped the wrong way at the top of one pocket, but overall as my first wearable sewn project and a thing for my sister that she’ll wear in the kitchen, I’m really happy with it! She sent me a photo of herself in it today and it made me smile 😀


  1. I love this apron! I have some vintage ones, but this one looks like it would actually protect clothes from splatters!! Thank you for sharing AND inspiring!

  2. It looks great! I like wearing an apron when I cook, and I really should make some that are super pretty (as opposed to the utilitarian striped ones I tend to buy). Nothing wrong with what I have, but yours makes me want a hand-made one. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful apron! I also wear my apron nearly every day (this one is my favorite: and I am dying to make one of my own. But I really struggle with garment patterns!! I’m so impressed that you braved the process and ended up with such a lovely finished product 🙂

  4. Hi Kath – I just left a comment with a link but I think your spam filter caught it! But I wanted to comment again and say that I love this apron!! You did an excellent job!

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