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A is for Apron

I love aprons. I have made many aprons over the years, both to wear myself and to give as gifts to other apron-wearing friends. For the last few years this has become my favorite apron pattern:

picture of pattern

Here is one of my current favorites made from this pattern:

picture of blue apron

Knowing my love for aprons, DD Nora (pictured here with her dog, Paisley)

picture of Nora and Paisley

got me this book and fabric for Christmas:

picture of apron book and fabric

The book contains a section on vintage aprons, basic construction techniques, making aprons from other items such as dishtowels and skirts, and patterns for 25 different aprons. It is chock full of apron ideas. The patterns are included in the book in miniature form and you have to enlarge them 400 percent. Megan and Nora have each chosen a design and fabric that they like, so I will keep you posted on any finished aprons in the coming months. I've got my fabric washed and ironed and now I need to go to a copy store and get my pattern enlarged.

How about you - do you wear aprons and do you have a favorite style or pattern?

Edited to add: Attempting to use another pattern in this book I ran into great difficulties with the pattern. I decided to check at Amazon to see the customer reviews and find if others had run into similar problems. I was amazed/dismayed at all the bad reviews! Most people feel like the book has great pictures and ideas for the aprons, but many of the patterns do not go together well and the fabric requirements that are listed are not accurate. I can give an illustration of that: for the apron I was trying to make the pattern listed 1/4 of a yard for the waistband and ties. It then proceeded to tell me to cut a piece 7" wide by 70" long. As you can see, something is missing here. So, as many of the people who commented on the Amazon site wrote I would recommend that you get this book from the library and use it for inspiration and then buy a commercial pattern if you actually want to make an apron.


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10 Comments on “A is for Apron”

  1. #1 Carrie
    on Jan 7th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I am getting better about wearing aprons. I tend to rub a shiny spot on the front of my clothes from leaning on the counter, so that’s the main reason. :o) All three of my aprons have a special significance, so that makes it fun.

  2. #2 Becka
    on Jan 7th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m not much of a commenter, but I do follow along and have been praying for your during all of your plumbing/sewer problems recently. I know you have had a sweet spirit and have been a good testimony to those men who have been coming to help fix the problems.

  3. #3 Mrs. Troop
    on Jan 7th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I SHOULD wear aprons, but I never remember. I do however, have lovely memories of my mother and her “holiday” aprons that she always wore. And my grandmother’s aprons.
    Hmmmm. Maybe I should make more of an effort! Lovely post! Can’t wait to see the final results!

  4. #4 Brenda
    on Jan 7th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Rob wears an apron that says “Danger: Men cooking!”

  5. #5 Zina
    on Jan 8th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Hi Becka!
    Here in Germany every lady wears a full apron. My mom never did and I really never thought about it but I found an old apron I wear quite often. I am on the lookout for another one as they really are everywhere here where we live. I think the fabric Nora chose looks really great!

  6. #6 kay
    on Jan 8th, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I also love aprons, and have made some, but usually forget to wear them myself. I have old aprons from my grandma, and have picked up some from little shops that have vintage items now and then. My three girls are actually better at wearing them than I, and each have their own. Thanks for the fun info on your blog!

  7. #7 Bette
    on Jan 8th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I too love aprons…when I was growing up no woman would ever work in the kitchen without an apron. Yes, my mother & grandmothers had both seasonal and holiday aprons. I still have several of theirs. Oddly, the apron I wear now when baking is the one my grandfather…yes, grandfather…always wore when he made cookies. After he retired he became his church’s day care center Cookie Man. Love your blog, Becka!

  8. #8 annie
    on Jan 8th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I have one apron that I received as a gift almost 20 years ago when I helped serve food for a dear lady’s 40th anniversary celebration. She and her husband had a “2nd wedding” at our church, and it was so beautiful. As a result, I have kept that apron all these years, and continue to use it at special occasions. My three year old daughter wears an apron that my kindergarten teacher made for me in 1981 with my name embroidered on it. I love having things to pass on to her and enjoy memories from.

  9. #9 Deb
    on Jan 13th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Becka ~ I tried to comment here earlier, but the spam catcher thought my comment was spammy! LOL! Anyway, yes, we wear aprons around here although I have to be reminded sometimes. My two daughters made their own Victorian style aprons, and I bought mine online (one size fits all, over the head, lots of coverage–I love it!).

  10. #10 Kim
    on Feb 13th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Hi Becka,
    Just read your, A is for apron blog and thought I would comment. I like the blue apron pictrred, my mother had a similar one. I wear an apron every day as it is part of my uniform. I am a maid and wear a full apron over my dress. My apron is pink with white trim and calf length. I also have two full Edwardian aprons I wear when taking care of the babies and young children on Sundays during Church services.

    In Him,

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