Aprons are funny. Yup, funny. They remind me of a funny time when women were stay at home wives and made jello mold salads while the husband trudged off to work wearing a suit, briefcase and sack lunch in hand. Only one of my grandmothers was a housewife, and she was the wife of a farmer, so he only went as far as the field to work. The other grandmother was a young war widow with a career prior to the war (she was a nurse) who worked in a doctors office her entire adult life. I’m fairly certain that both wore aprons at one point or another, but none fit the funny picture in my head that goes along with the word “apron”.
For those who know me, you know that I am not a housewife kind of girl. Oh, I have my fantasy moments of days full of time to make fun stuff, but then the reality of housework rears its ugly (and dirty) head, and I realize that I am not cut out for the world of domesticity. (And I am very impressed for those who are…)
So, my making this apron was a bit of a laugh at being a wife and a terrible housekeeper all at the same time. Plus, I like the 50s look and found this totally cute fabric and well….
I found a very cute pattern, Butterick See & Sew B4838 that is sold as being a super easy pattern designed for beginners. In fact, they even state in a bright red box on the envelope that “yes! It’s easy”.
Liars. Deceitful manipulative liars. This is not an easy pattern! Thank heavens I have enough sewing practise behind me to be able to figure out the blasted thing….
First, curvy edges are a pain – add rick-rack to sewing these edges together – not fun. At least, not if you want it to look like something you might want to wear. Second, they want the entire outside thing edged in BIAS TAPE! My least favorite thing in the world to use and definitely not an “easy” thing to do well. Then, the entire thing has tons of raw edges all over the back side that will ravel… not a pretty thing.
The next time I make it (and yes, I will make it again because it is so cute) after sewing on the bottom edge, I will make my own pattern for a piece of fabric to cover the entire back – thus eliminating the raw edges and the messy bias tape. Much neater and easier.
Now, being me, I decided that I did not like the top ruffly bit that went with this terrible pattern… so I co-opted a top from Simplicity 3949. Not willing to attach it to the bottom (I want options, baby!) I decided to make this an optional top. Sooo…. I added buttons to the bottom that are used to attach the two pieces!
I really like the results and plan on using this idea again. Like I said, this is a gift for my sister for Christmas but I plan on making another one in different fabric for me. I might be a modern girl – but in the end, aprons have one real purpose – to keep my jeans clean!