I just had to make another one of these. For this one, I gathered the front just a little and used a machine blanket-stitch around the yoke-binding. If your sewing machine has built-in decorative stitches this is a great place to have some fun with them. For the armholes and straps I used a continuous bias-strip cut from the same fabric this time.
The technique is a little tricky but really something worth mastering because you can get an incredible amount of bias trim from a small square of fabric. I always feel like I'm doing a magic trick when I start cutting and yards and yards of trim keep reeling off that tube.
BTW *thank you* to everybody who stopped by and left comments about my other aprons too. Some of you have asked about the pattern I used for the enchanted garden smock so here's a little more about it.
I've had this pattern since 1972 and it was my all-time favorite pattern for years. Still is actually, but I'm having trouble with the notion that something I bought new is now considered vintage. (ahem!)
The original pattern was sewn with a closed back, but I started making these with ties instead. I think the coolest thing about this though, is the facing. It's turned out instead of in. So you can make a contrasting yoke and facing all in one. And what could be easier than dolman sleeves? (Click on pattern to view it larger.)