Pussy Play Apron Pattern (1933)

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Suzette was very fond of the little girl next door. She was always sorry because she had so few pretty things.

One day Dog Dingo came in looking very cross. “Suzette!” he cried. “Poor little Molly was digging in her garden, and got the front of her dress soiled. Her mother was so cross with her and slapped her. It wasn’t fair; she could not help it.”

“She should have a play apron,” said Lady Betty.

“Yes, poor little thing,” said Suzette, “I’ll make her one. I have a nice piece of pale grey linen that will just do, and I have just thought of a lovely way to make it.”

Suzette cut a paper pattern first. She folded a piece of paper double and cut the cat shape you see in the picture. She made it the size she wanted for Molly. When the pattern was right she folded the linen and cut out the pussy apron. Then she opened it out and drew the features, feet, legs, and markings. To get each side exactly alike, Suzette says, the best way is to draw one side, using the crease to mark the centre, and then trace the other side from it. She used stranded cottons for working it. Black for outlining the eyes, chin, legs, and for the car and head markings, and the pupils of the eves. Green for the rest of the eyes and the bow under puss’ chin; bright pink for the nose and mouth, and white for the feet. The little pocket pieces stitched on at the top of the legs were all grey so as to show as little as possible.

Suzette bound the pussy apron all round with a fine black-and-white check binding. She used a pretty green ribbon for the straps, which went the neck of from the top of each ear and made a loop to go round the neck of the wearer, and from each side of pussy’s body to tie behind.

Molly loves her puss’ play apron. She says pussy helps her to keep her dress clean what she is digging and weeding her garden.

Australasian (Melbourne, Victoria Saturday 15 April 1933)