I just love an apron. I like to wear an apron when I cook. When I cook with others, I like to provide aprons for them. I put aprons on my Aussie boys when I taught them to bake pies. Last summer, when I made pickles with my brother-in-law, I brought over aprons for both of us. When I canned tomatoes with a friend, I did the same. I wear an apron when I do a gluey or painty-type of craft.
I like to sew aprons, too. I have repurposed sun dresses, old skirts and men’s old shirts into aprons. I have made aprons using patterns, and I have made up my own way of putting them together. I have sewn theme type aprons for western parties and Mexican dinners. When I sold produce at the Farmer’s Market in Wisconsin, I made vegetable print pocketed aprons.
I bring back aprons from the countries I visit when I travel internationally. I have a French smock (see above) that all the little old village ladies wear over their house dresses. All old French village ladies are little. I just love that thing. It is one of my favorites. I have the Parisian printed black cat apron and one with the Moulin Rouge can-can girls. I have one with the Australian flag.
Skirt aprons are fine, and I have a few of them, but my favorite type is a bib. That’s because I am messy, and I wear an apron to…wait for it…protect my clothes. I own the first apron I ever made, a 7th grade Home Ec. Project. I was scolded by the teacher for buying a patterned fabric which might have been printed just slightly awry. I never wear it. I have a crocheted apron I would never wear, either. I have sold some of my aprons in gift shops, but those are mostly the one-of-a-kind ones. Making the same thing over and over wears thin with me quickly.
I even have a book about aprons.
Today, I wore the button print apron my best Lake friend gave me for Christmas. I was making soup, and wouldn’t you know, I splashed tomato sauce on my sleeves. Next, I guess I will need a full body suit apron. Maybe a bee-keeper’s cover-up could be converted!
These winter days are the perfect ones for sewing. Guess I’ll go through my stash, pick out a few fabrics, and make something. An apron, maybe?