As the title suggests, in the days before the DidyouMakethat Apronalong I used to spoil my best clothes, well not really my best clothes, I’m not talking about my cocktail dresses (of which I clearly have the need for 20) or my pin-striped skirts, but invariably I would feel the need to clean the loo, wipe the kitchen worktops in my newest clothing (come on, don’t tell me you change clothes to do the cleaning?). Just like when I garden (I also garden spontaneously in whatever clothing I might be wearing – thankfully I am always clothed you & the neighbours will be pleased to hear- I feel the cold don’t you know).
At best, pre-Apronalong (time P.A.) I could be protected (but very confused) thus:
So Karen’s project seemed a good idea to sort out my hormones & random chaos in the kitchen on a Saturday night (listening to Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul show, so now you get the picture). You may have already caught a peek of my aprons when I guest posted as part of this Apronalong on Ric Rac love & how I used ric rac on not one, but two aprons. So you know that I made one using the “Luxury” pattern in the Liberty Book of Home Sewing.
(Thanks Karen for the picture) Here’s my version.
For my next apron I used a pattern from my Japanese 1970s pattern drafting book.
And I am so proud of the simplest achievement – yes I drafted this myself from scratch using this diagram! OK, so it’s not rocket science, but I think it’s the first “from scratch” pattern I’ve ever attempted. I lined it, made it from jumbo polka dots in contrasting lime & blue.
The fabric is quite stiff, I suppose almost craft weight, not really suitable for clothing, so it didn’t pain me to use it for an apron & in fact I will enjoy it being in use as something so practical. Yes, that is a ric rac rainbow! How ultimate in ric rac glory?
It’s got cute little cross over back straps.
Look what this apron has made possible? I think the bleach risk has been mitigated …
Now if it wasn’t for Karen I would never have got around to make aprons, but they are fun to make, quick & satisfying & I shall get copious amounts of pleasure wearing them whilst being practical. OK, so I’m really saying they’ll be hanging up most of the time, as everyone knows I try to minimise dull chores….but hey, at least when I must, I can have more fun & keep the bleach at bay. Thank you Karen for being such an inspired apron-leader 🙂