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Art Smock

March 17, 2011 Sarah Coggins

Over Christmas while digging through the final couple of boxes of “stuff” I have stored at my mom’s house, I came across my childhood art smock.  Neither Mom or I can recall the origins but the story that it was made by me (possibly during the 4-H sewing class I took) seems to make the most sense.  Especially when you factor in that one tie was longer than the other! ha!

The smock had seen better days.  A few of the stitches were coming undone.  It had a number of stains.  But, it was mine and I still loved it.

Then I had a thought – what if I could update it a bit and turn it into an art smock for Dylan?  We’re always getting into crafty projects and he could use one.  Truthfully, the only real improvements needed were new bias tape at the top (the stitches were coming undone and pink does scream “girl”) and new stitches for the pockets (seriously, I must not have been so stuck on evenness back then as the 3 pockets were all a different width).

Dylan and I made a trip to the fabric store with the art smock in hand to pick the bias tape.  The first color that jumped out at me was a light yellow.  It paired well with the existing blue fabric and original stitches plus was much more gender neutral than the pink.  Perfect.

Art Smock: Original

This was a very simple project.  I ripped out the old stitches in the pocket area that were coming undone.  Resewed using a similar zigzag stitch and made sure all 3 pockets were equal size (yes, it really drove me crazy now – blame the architecture training!).  I used the measurements of the original bias tape and added a few inches as I based the tie length on the longer of the two ties (still laughing over those being different lengths!) to determine the length of the new yellow bias tape.

Art Smock: Pinned Bias Tape

Here I made one change and used a straight stitch to attach it versus the zigzag of the original.  I just liked the look better.  Then I tied knots in both ends and one at the back of the neck to tighten it up just a bit.

Art Smock: Complete

We haven’t had time to try it out for its intended purpose yet, but Dylan did have fun just wearing it around the kitchen last night:

Art Smock: Complete

And thanks to Allison for sharing her Roaring Art Smock on her blog this week.  This project has been on my to-do list for a while and her post gave me the kick to get it done.  🙂


  • allison c March 17, 2011 at 7:24 am
    This looks fantastic!!! We have to get the boys together to wear art smocks and smear paint!
  • Jo March 17, 2011 at 7:50 am
    Great project. It turned out wonderfully!
  • Linda March 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    What a treasure to find! The makeover came out great!
  • Bonnie March 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    And you were how old when you sewed this originally? What a fun project and story!
  • Laura March 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    Love this! So neat when we can pass things down to the boys. :)
  • ter@waaoms March 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    I remember a small half apron that I believe my grandma made me but I have not found it anywhere in years.

    I think you'll have to make Dylan a kitchen apron as well! :)
  • Staci March 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    It looks great! TFS.
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