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.


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.


Front of the Barbara apron.


Left side of the Barbara apron


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.

Off Centre Gift Giving




Front of Jack’s hoodie upcycled by Nanny Kaz


A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

RUDE recently attended our granddaughter’s christening.  If you remember RUDE Girl made a contemporary nakashi kantha as a gift.

We were keen to also give a little gift of love to her brother, who is nearly four.  It was not like we had to give him a gift, but I had this secondhand child’s size 4 hoddie, in my ‘things to refashion’ tub for over a year. 

I had been waiting for the universe to provide a cute logo from a recycled tee-shirt.  And sure enough, just before the Christening, the right piece found me.  No Spiderman logo, however something just as awesome, and with attitude – just like me and our grandson Jack.

Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make. Tim Berners-Lee

Here is the link to a You Tube video explaining how I revamped the hoodie.

Beat The Man and embrace off centre and away from shopping centre gifts!

Waste Writer


We are material creatures who spend much of our lives on material pursuits (even building a cathedral or writing a novel requires stone and mortar or paper and ink). Virginia Postrel

The digital age has made nearly all of us ‘publishers’ of content, making most of us writer in ways that, a decade or so ago, did not exist.  Tara Moss


RUDE Girl’s most favourite quote

It’s pleasing to know we are in the company of greats like Shakespeare!!  RUDE lives to explore what can be reused, not just from our dustbin but others’ dustbins and skips as well.  RUDE Girl writes about our ways with potential and discarded waste, most days.

RUDE likes the notion of promoting simple reuse of everyday things, compared to fancy upcycling of stuff.  The more grassroots, make do and mend a project is, the more our senses are excited, by the rescuing and revamping of the mundane.

This week over on Facebook @ruderepair, I was inspired to make dishcloths from an old beach towel.  And, I was also inspired by a follower and friend Jacqui, to add sleeves from a garment to a pair of long johns. 

Below are the links to these two videos, if you have not already seen them.



I guess the will to make use of what is already at hand, is very strong for RUDE.  We do not want too much more stuff in our lives, but we certainly want to reuse, care for and maintain what we have.

RUDE had a visit recently from Sue, a follower and friend, who highlighted that she loved reading what RUDE Girl was writing about.  She suggested there may be a book in it! She liked the human element of what RUDE showcased on a daily basis.

Sue was not interested in blogs with statistics and lots of text to wade through.  RUDE Girl studied statistics at university for a year.  I was very good at the subject BUT the last thing I want to be including in my creative writing musing is stats!

By writing stories about, and showcasing examples of, the wealth making possibilities in waste, RUDE hopes to inspire and/or encourage others to Beat The Man!


Check out RUDE Girl’s Boro Group of Facebook



Dumped Duffle

The Duffle Coat featured in this video was saved from the point of landfill. Yes, the big dirt hole in the ground where our household rubbish is dumped. The coat was in reasonable condition but the sleeves’ hems were down and the two patch pockets were falling off.

This Duffle Coat with sleeves was too big for me. And the pockets were stitched too high up on the front panels for my long skinny arms.

I made a decision after the coat had an overnight stay in the freezer to felt it. I was then going to cut it up to make buntings and wool trivets. After felting, the coat shrunk slightly but it was still oversized. But I was getting the guilts about cutting it up and upcycling it into something else.

That’s when I remembered I had admired last season’s trend of the coat vest or gilet. With enthusiasm I went about cutting out the sleeves from the body of the coat. After trying it on minus its sleeves it was a REvelation in REcycling and REinvention. I was feeling rather smug that the REsult was actually quite stylish. Whether in fashion or not, for this forthcoming Australian winter, I do not care a bit. My REnewed duffle vest coat is like a snug blanket.

In the video you will see that I have made a few changes to make the coat a bit more colourful and contemporary.


Named for the Belgian town of Duffel where the thick, coarse, woollen material was originally sourced, traditional duffle coats will usually feature a hood with a button neck strap and tartan lining, a series of toggle fastenings made from wood attached to rope or leather, and two large pockets with flaps.

Sailors from the Royal Navy were the first to champion the duffle during WW11 mainly to keep their delicate bits from freezing off; the toggle enclosures could be unfastened while wearing thick gloves and the hoods were designed to fit over peeked navy caps. But while the duffle found its best endorsement in WW11 hero Field Marshal Montgomery, who was such a fiend for the coat that its alternative name is The Monty.

Sourced from Frankie Magazine Issue 46 pg 102

My Monty video has been mentioned by US Journalist and sustainable fashion writer Amy DuFault as follows:


For those who are interested here is Part 1 of the duffle coat REmake

Beat the Man and save money by REvamping quality clothes utilising your own sewing skills or those of a tailor/seamstress. Save the planet by keep woollen garments out of landfill as decomposing wool releases methane into the atmosphere.