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.
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.
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