Tuesday, October 2, 2012

talk to me about....

Aprons.

Hey, what's your go-to apron pattern?  I mean a full apron, not a half apron.  I think half aprons are uber cute, but not as useful since I tend to get flour all over.

another Apron

I'm making another Tea Cup Apron from Sew Liberated.  Like the one I made last year, this is to be a gift.  I've pulled Chicopee Paisley in lime, Chicopee Bleeding Heart and Madrona Road Wild Carrot in straw.  I pottered about looking up other apron options online and among my sewing books, but I didn't find another good candidate.  As it happens, I think my friend will love this style, but I'd like some other options for next time.

Do you make full aprons or only halves?  Any good recommendations?  Thanks!

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  1. I love the Emmeline apron by Sew Liberated. It's reversible, flattering, and you feel pretty wearing it. I need full aprons!

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    1. I knew I was forgetting something. That's one I want to try someday for sure! Thanks.

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    2. I was going to say Emmeline too! I swear by mine. It's the first apron I have ever made that actually made me feel GOOD wearing it! It's so cute.

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  2. Fun! I've never made a full apron for an adult, just for kids. Usually I make a half apron for adults. You should check out this book at your library if you can get it through your library system:
    The Apron Book by EllynAnne Geisel
    It is just fun to read, not so much for the patterns. I love to look at all the vintage aprons.

    Yours is going to turn out great. Love the colors!

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  3. This is a great one. I making a Hello Kitty one with this pattern. http://sew4home.com/projects/kitchen-linens/hostess-apron-comeback-series-5-romantic-cottage-style

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  4. Second vote for the Emmeline apron. Its so pretty!

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  5. I have a McCall's pattern, M5825. It's got full and half aprons in it. I make version C which is full with nice deep pockets

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  6. I don't make aprons but I echo your sentiment about full versus half. I'm a messy cook and the whole point of wearing an apron for me is to spare my clothes. I prefer ones that go straight across my chest below my chin. Ok, not that high, but you get the idea.

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  7. I have this pattern. One of the first things I ever sewed and it's still holding up. I think I'm about due for a new one!

    http://butterick.mccall.com/b4945-products-5295.php?page_id=871

    Also, half aprons are about useless! I'm always getting oil on my shirt or something!

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  8. I've made at least 7 Emmeline aprons. They're super-cute!

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  9. AMH has a cute one in her book Seams to Me - a half version and a full version that I've made. Super cute!

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  10. I second the apron book. My fave in there is the half apron with a scalloped edge (the one im wearing in my blog picture). Only thing I don't like about the book is the fact that you have to enlage the patterns.

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    1. I'll check to see if my library has it. Sounds fun!

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  11. I've made at least 7 Emmeline aprons. They're super-cute!

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  12. http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/09/free-pattern-day-aprons.html
    oddly while I was going through reader, I came to this post and so I had to share.

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  13. I am a huge fan of full aprons- it's always my top half and waist (not legs) that get filthy. I made an apron back in college (well over ten years ago) and it's held up great. It's super super plain, no trim pockets or anything, but I wear it all the time. I've thought about making another one, (the emmeline apron is fabulous looking, especially since it come so high up) but it's never made it to the top of the project list since my other one is still so serviceable! Good luck!

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  14. Have made many of the Jamie Christina Pretty Ditty aprons & love them - http://jamiechristina.com/collections/sewing-patterns-1/products/pretty-ditty-apron-sewing-pattern
    My latest favorite apron pattern is the Chic Sisters Apron by Marie-Madeline Studio - http://www.mariemadelinestudio.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=114&products_id=1119&zenid=6c53b3f4894d0f8f679cff7bcf4d4f09

    You can see the one's I've made from these patterns here -
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54482836@N03/sets/72157625162893030/

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  15. my favorite apron of all time is one i got from william sonoma. it is the best. it is this one, in pink. http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/williams-sonoma-logo-apron/?pkey=e%7Capron%7C90%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C2&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_- the fabric is canvas and it washes up like a dream. i do love it a lot but it is not very flattering. it covers my clothes though...

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  16. Darn - I was going to suggest the Emmeline Apron but about 15 people beat me to it. :) I've made it twice and love it. It goes together really quick; I started and finished it in the same afternoon.

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  17. I recently made myself a Lola apron from Sew Liberated...I love it! There are tons of bias tape and rickrack details and it's wonderfully tacky in a 50s sort of way. Not sure if that's the look you're going for, but it works for me. :)

    ~Kristin

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  18. i don't wear aprons but i made this one for a gift: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65843341/pdf-apron-pattern-the-sweetheart-apron?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=sweetheart+apron&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=handmade

    honestly i didn't think the pattern was all that great but it did make a really cute vintage-y apron that is stylish. i think i added pockets too.

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  19. I wear a full apron in my kitchen while I'm cooking every day! Most of mine have been purchased. When I did make one, I just took one of mine and traced around it - they are all the standard straight sort of "chef" style. It would be fun to try a cuter one :)

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    1. See, my mom rarely ever wore an apron (maybe for Thanksgiving?), so I didn't acquire the habit either. I think it's a pretty nice habit!

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  21. Here is my favorite! http://www.indygojunction.com/patterns/aprons/all-day_apron. This is flattering, fast, forgiving and did I say CUTE? I’ve made three and I see more in my future.

    Another favorite, although a little more complex as it has scallops, and is reversible is:
    http://www.paisleypincushion.com/products-page/aprons/scalloped-apron-pattern/

    Now I'm going to go check out others "favored" on this post. Thanks to all! Toni in Oregon

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    1. That's a nice one. Manages to cover while still being cute!

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  22. My favorite full apron is actually not a pattern at all! I have a few vintage aprons from the 60's and 70's. I have one that I fold in half and lay on the new fabric and just trace around it! It's a 2 piece apron with pockets and super simple. With the vintage look being so trendy now, this makes a great apron for gifts.
    Monica

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  23. My favorite pattern is Emmeline and it's by sew liberated too. Love it and have made lots for family members as well.

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  24. I love Emmeline, too. I've made ten or so of them and love making them!

    Rebecca in WI

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    1. It seems to be the most popular apron by far! I love the look too.

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  25. Half aprons are a waste of fabric for me! I like a nice full coverage model myself, I call them bibs ;)

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  26. Church Ladies Apron! I just did a review on my blog yesterday http://ellynsplace.blogspot.com/2012/10/pattern-review-church-ladies-apron.html
    goes together fast, fully reversible & no exposed seams!

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  27. I prefer full aprons. Have you seen the Reversible Apron from Lotta Jansdotta's Simple Sewing?

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  28. love the emmeline! i made one for my sister last year, and totally want to make one for myself...someday. :) i love that it's reversible, too!

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  29. Emmeline apron hands down! Can't beat this one. It's so fun to make too. I want to make one for everyone I know. I made some alterations to the pattern for the bigger women in my life. Just adding a couple inches in height on the top piece and lengthening the straps by about four inches each around the waist was perfect. It was a much better fit for a size 16 and up.

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  30. I enjoy making my own apron patterns from vintage aprons that my mother has collected. Most of the ones I've made are full aprons, but I like both. There's an apron for every job!

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  31. I've made over 20 "Church Lady" aprons as gifts. Check it out here:

    http://www.marymulari.com/patterns/Church_Ladies_Apron_pattern

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  32. I am sewing up an Emmeline right now. I made one and gave it away. This one is for me! I love the look and I plan on wearing it as clothes!

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  33. I just found your blog recently, and have to say I LOVE your projects and colorful fabrics! I just dove into sewing this last year as a way to save money on Christmas presents and have been addicted ever since I realized I actually COULD sew.

    I don't understand half-aprons. I've made a few full aprons, but I've just used an apron we owned and used it as my template. I've made a couple reversibles now, which are ridiculously easy. Everyone's comments on the Emmeline made me go look it up, and I think I have a new item for my Christmas wishlist!

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  34. My go to for a quick apron gift is Cindy Taylor Oates' Retro Apron book, I make the one from the cover that is green. There are half aprons as well. I think I have all of her apron books, LOVE 'EM!

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  35. I like this one - it's really fun and pretty. That's what I look for in an apron. It's totally cute and a breeze to sew. http://cottonandcurls.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-dont-cooki-just-sew-aprons.html

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  36. My friend's mother was wearing this apron while I was visiting: http://www.marymulari.com/patterns/Chatterbox_Apron_Pattern It was so cute, that I bought the pattern. It's reversible and takes 2 yards of fabric. I haven't made it yet.

    I did make this one from Heather Mulder Peterson, and my sister-in-law loves it: http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/p-1034-charming-trios-the-kitchen-collection-by-ankas-treasures.aspx It was easy.

    Lastly, I made this one for a guild auction last Christmas. http://www.patternhutch.com/august/apron/scan0003.jpg It was fun and fast.

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  37. Crazy I know but I avoid aprons at all cost!
    When I wear aprons...I get messy, as in really really messy.
    They are cute, fun and practical...yet, for me...they just don't work. :/

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  38. Love wearing and sewing aprons! I can't function in my kitchen without one on....it's part of my day! I prefer the full aprons as it seems when cooking the mess ends up on my top, not bottom so aprons save on the t-shirts for sure. I've also made more than I can count for gifts. Love your blog too! Joy in Michigan

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  39. I love love love aprons. I frequently look at old 50's dresses, pull ideas of what I like, then just make up my own! When in doubt the apron strings can always be wrap-around :)

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