Thursday, April 11, 2013

Love of Aprons


Now that we actually own a farm (small farm with chickens and a dog) I find I wear one ALL the time. They are great for gathering up all kinds of stuff to be taken to other places - hopefully back where they belong. My apron becomes a rag, Kleenex, and towel - hopefully not all at the same time. :) It keeps my clothes dry and clean while I make all kinds of messes - even while 'cleaning'. You all know I'm not very good at cleaning - right?

I find I like full aprons better than half - mostly because I just need that much coverage to really protect my clothes. Yeah, things do get that messy sometimes. I also don't like them too long - I'm short. I don't need my knees covered. When aprons are that long on me, they just get in the way when I am trying to garden, pick up toys, clean floors, etc. And, because I am short, the neck tie is often WAY too long. So, what's a girl to do?! Make my own - of course.

I found the perfect apron several years ago and have been using that as a pattern ever since. Instead of separate back ties and neck ties, this pattern is one long tie that slides through 'pockets' along the 'arm holes'. Perfect for making the apron fit just right.

Then, I saw an article in the April 2013 Country Living magazine (thanks Judy!) featuring this company. I REALLY liked the look and took that idea and applied to my pattern. This is what I came up with.

Cute right?
The best part is I already had everything to make it!! So, in just an afternoon (intermixed with all my regular 'mom' duties) I was able to have my new apron done! This project probably shouldn't take more than an hour or so to make, but I rarely get time to completely devote to sewing.

Now, I will probably make one with navy thread and another with green. That will give me plenty to alternate through - as they DO need to be washed every week, if not more often.

Hope you are enjoying spring!
Until next time...


  1. Very cute!!!! i like the simpleness of it-no ruffles!

  2. I too need a full sized apron--don't know how anyone can keep their clothes clean with one of those half skirt like ones.

    I love the simplicity of this design--a stylish workhorse!

    (the lucky lady who won your mother's quilt)

    1. Thanks Grace! So nice to chat with you today.