Ruffles Defined Apron
About five years ago, I set foot in my first Anthropologie. My mother-in-law and I walked around in circles exclaiming, “This is so much fun!” The store is such a treat for Alaskans buried in fleece and carharts, we will probably never have a population base for such grandeur. But, every time I leave the state, I save my money and map out the Anthropologies. As much as I think I could buy half of the store (at least), I also find the displays so incredibly inspiring and creative. It just gets my creative juices flowing all the more.
One thing that grabbed my attention the first time I visited was their darling aprons. I loved them all. They had ruffles and buttons and bows all endowed with a vintage flair. But I looked at every single one of them and could not bring myself to spend that kind of money, because I knew I could make them for less. Not to mention, I love the creating process. The other thing I love about aprons is that I can feel like I am feminine and wearing a dress, even with a pair of jeans on. I love dresses, but being as I live in the northern most state, it’s just too cold all but about 5 days out of the year. My solution: wear an apron over the jeans.
The thing I do not like about most aprons are trending at many stores lately is that they are made out of light weight cotton. I like my aprons to actually shield me against disaster in the kitchen, so most of the time I choose home décor weight100% cotton fabrics. A lot of these say “dry clean” only, so note they will probably fade, however, the thickness is helpful.
The fabric I used in this case was a drop cloth from Lowes. I laundered and bleached it first. The blue toile was a heavier weight fabric I found at a local thrift store. I had been eyeing the 5 yards for several weeks, but it was $20. Then several weeks later they were clearing out their fabrics. I got the entire 5 yards for 50 cents! That’s 10 cents a yard folks!
Stay tuned for more aprons, there are many more to come, including tutorials and hopefully some upcoming patterns!
Great to see your creative side. Hope all is well. You’re still in Alaska-& Dave & I are still in Chester. 🙂
Kathy, it’s so great hearing from you! Yes, we’re in Alaska, as will be evidenced by many photos that I use. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!