Apron Memories

 

An apron for each day
one for company too
create your own memories
this apron’s just for you.
© Sue Pitchfork 2005~

The Old French root for apron is naperon, “small table cloth.”

I sewed my first apron in high school sewing class and then wore it during home economics class.  It was blue with big white flowers, very 70s.  My name was chain stitched across the front.  The apron is but a memory however the skills learned have served me well.  When I moved out of home in my teens I knew how to cook and sew on a button.

My mother always wore an apron around the house up until last year.  When she went to live in assisted living accomodation, she declared she would no longer be wearing her apron.  I guess for her, it was time to let others do the work.

The one thing I regret is discarding my mother’s self drafted apron pattern.  When she was cleaning out her home I requested one or two of her aprons.  Alas, it was not a priority in the bigger scheme of things, and I never did get an apron.

My mother’s aprons were very practically designed.  And there was no tie loop around the neck, which I discovered over the years, to be a nuisance when suffering from neck aches.

Last weekend I went on my first Op Shop [thrift store] Tour.  It was a free event, organised by a neighbouring Council for National Sustainability Week’s festivities.  1paint
The first Op Shop visited is where I found a modern apron that crossed over my back [image below].  It was originally priced at $4 but due to the 50per cent off sale, I scored it for half price.  Where the safety pin is, I have since sewn the two ties together.

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When I tried it on a home it did not fit well.  I could have worn it ‘as is’ but I knew it would annoy me.  Therefore the last couple of afternoons have been spent in my studio, making alterations to it.

I have darted the front to fix the gaping neck, lengthened the back straps and added two new button holes, replaced small button with larger ones, shortened the hem, added a pocket that was made from a doiley and added cotton ‘lace looking’ braid to the neckline.

As for my mother’s apron style, I am currently making a similar type apron to what she wore, from an old dress picked up a couple if years back at a clothes swap run during National Sustainability Week in the City of Brimbank


Images x3 below:  My finished Barbara Apron [named after my Mum].  I will add a pocket when I come across something I can use.

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Front of the Barbara apron.

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Left side of the Barbara apron

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Back of the Barbara apron

Beat The Man!!

Hawaii Six-O+

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“And what’s with the shirt? You think you’re in Fiji?”

“It’s like being on vacation. all of the time.”

Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas

Us RUDE Guys grew up with the original Hawaii Five O TV series.  What a classic music theme too.  Quite frankly can’t remember it being associated with Hawaiian shirts but this style of shirt reminds RUDE Girl of the series.  Late last year, RUDE Girl viewed this couple on  Advanced Style’s blog.  I was inspired to get RUDE Boy who is a young 60+, a Hawaii Six-O+ shirt.

It took me until now to remember I had such a shirt in my fabric and garment stash.  It was rescued ages ago from the free textiles’ bin at a local charity store.  This Hawaii Six-O+ shirt is made in Fiji [close enough to Hawaii] and is cotton with a silk print.  It feels lovely and soft but it’s a large, and too big for RUDE Boy.

PS  He was not too sure about wearing it ‘out out’ other than to the beach, I assumed.  I politely but firmly suggested to him that I was not spending time tacking and sewing darts and altering seams, for a shirt to wear over togs to the beach.  And that I wanted him to look as spiffy as the guy from Sydney, who was featured with his wife, on the Advanced Style blog.  He quietly  replied, “Okay.”  He did say something under his breath about the guy featured on Advanced Style but I brushed over his sarcastic comment.

Images below:  The shirt is on inside out and pinned for alteration.  RUDE Boy is doing his Danno poses.

Here is a You Tube video that gives some idea of how to easily reduce the size of a Hawaiian shirt from large to medium.

My Vintage Wardrobe

Beat the Man and find your own vintage clothes. Well that’s what I have managed to do over the years. However, there are many vintage traders these days, and with the popularity of retro fashion it is hard work to find your own pre-loved quality vintage clothes.

The garments on my rack have been sourced over many years and I was simply in the right place at the right time.

Sometimes if you want to wear vintage for an event, and you do not have months to scout charity stores, you may have to purchase from a speciality store. It will cost more than a charity store, but it should be worth the price compared with buying new. You will be supporting small business which is always a good thing.

My advice is if you come across a quality vintage garment and it is too big, but you love the fabric and style, buy it and get it altered at a later date. In my situation I did not spend hundreds of dollars on two wedding outfits in the same year. I stayed away from the shopping malls and instead went to my dressmaker’s home for a couple of fittings.

Less stress and more savings = Beat the Man