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!