The Handcrafted Wardrobe: Aprons

Fabric selection was limited to what I had within the house.  I dismantled my Halloween costume from last year, which started out life as a sheet.

I used this tutorial.  Because like most young women, I’ve dreamed of owning a Regency style apron since high school….roughly corresponding with the release of this version of Sense and Sensibility.  Not a coincidence.

This whole project was a hack job.  I really meant for it to be just a practice piece to make sure it fits and works well for me.  As such I gave myself permission to cut as many corners as possible.  A professional seamstress would be horrified.  Even the somewhat fastidious home sewist would be aghast.  What can I say?  Frankly, it was either fast and dirty or not at all and this is a very useful garment for me.

I should have gotten proper pictures of the back and all, but really my highest priority in the moment was to get my parsley and basil in the ground.  The straps cross in the back, which I love.  It’s comfortably supportive.  I do not like the type of apron that just goes around the neck.

I have some large patch pockets with elastic cinched tops that I plan on stitching to the skirt portion the next time I sit down at my machine.

 What have you been working on?


6 thoughts on “The Handcrafted Wardrobe: Aprons

  1. Kris

    I love it! I wish I could join in this week…but our fields are taking all of my time right now!! Can’t wait to see more pictures of it. ;)

  2. Melody Post author

    Thank you both!

    And it will keep Kris. Green and growing things need you right now! I look forward to when you can join us again, once things calm down!

  3. Beth

    Your apron is so lovely!
    And I have to thank you because I have been just so encouraged by this whole handcrafted wardrobe series. I haven’t sewed anything for myself since having my daughters because (to be honest) I haven’t been able to shake the 30lbs I gained throughout those pregnancy years, and I have been struggling with my body image. But reading your posts and seeing everything you have been making really impacted me. I decided to finally go for it and started simple with Sonya Phillips Dress no.1. I finished it this morning and almost cried because I love it so much. And I loved it even more when my girls woke up and saw it. They all ran over and hugged me. Saying they didn’t want to let go because I just looked so beautiful.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. Melody Post author

    Oh Beth! Your comment brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for taking the time to share! This is exactly what I was hoping would happen with this project. If you ever feel like sharing we would love to see your work. And inspired by you, I believe I’ve just decided on an entirely different topic for my post next week.

  5. Jasmine

    It looks beautiful and comfortable! I hope you get lots of wear and pleasure from it.

    I just discovered a fashion/lifestyle trend on Pinterest called Mori Girl (Japanese for Forest Girl) and I think that you might like aspects of it. Lots of layered dresses and pinafores, with knitted and crocheted accessories in earth tones. Just beautiful stuff. You have that same kind of beauty to your look. I look forward to seeing what else you make.

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