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    Aprons..do you wear them..favorite patterns?

    I would like to make some aprons for myself and friends. Ive never worn aprons but as I get older I want to start.
    Does anyone have a favorite pattern?
    Do you make them single thickness of fabric or double? I wasn't sure if a single thickness would do the job as far as protecting the clothes underneath.
    Thanks..Terry

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    Funny story about this. I got about 10 vintage aprons that were my grandmothers. All hand stitched and beautiful fabrics from the 40-50's. I could shoot myself right now because I sold them on Ebay. ugg,

    I wore aprons in kitchens for about 18 yrs and didn't want to put another one on ever! But I have been cooking at home more and find myself finding where to wipe my hands. lol

    Single layer is fine with me
    🌺 Lorie

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      I wear aprons all the time. I have a favorite pattern passed down from my mom. I have no clue what it's called. I just cut around my old one when it's time for a new one. I don't have a paper pattern to go by. My aprons eventually wear thin over my abdomen where I tend to wipe my hands. I have 3 on hand so I always have one to wear when the other(s) are in the wash. I have an older one I reserve just for when I cut DH's hair. JCY

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        A friend of mine made aprons using terrycloth dishtowels for the skirt. Regular cotton fabric for the bib. I don't have a pattern, but you may be able to google it. I'm wanting to make some myself eventually, since those towels would absorb everything without running through. They were really cute too!

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          Jenny had a tutorial on making these from tea towels - I made a bunch for gifts and now am using them all the time. Even my granddaughters (2 yo and 4 yo) wear these when cooking with grandma! For the little girls, I used 1/2 a tea towel and put in lots of ruffles. The tea towels have worked really well and held up to lots of washings!

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            I have several from the Maritime festivals we used to attend with Dad down at the port. They are standard bib apron shape and come to either mid-thigh or just below the knee. These are heavier than quilting cotton, but still a single layer. Maybe more like a decorator weight or a not-so-stiff cotton duck. I wish the bib part was a bit wider to cover more boobage.
            I also have several patterns for standard & waist-down aprons and one of those has a button-on piece that is a terry towel. I haven't made that one yet, but several others and none of them fit any better than the ChowDown aprons, so they are gifted on.

            SewBaby has a smock-type thing, or maybe it's like a big bib with sleeves that has been fabulous for my daughter. It pulls on over her head and the sleeves are split to about the elbow. The neck and cuffs are made from rib knit to keep everything nice & tidy!
            Sew Baby - Sleeve Saver Smock pattern by Sewbaby (FYI: Apparently they are closing these out and the pattern is available for $2! Their patterns are easy to sew and always turn out well.)

            I wish Mom had kept one of the aprons she used to have. It is like a sleeveless top and covered everything important while you were playing with food in the kitchen. It was the most hideous (at the time) chocolate brown & navy paisley with gold and orange accents. I'm sure it would be pretty cool today!
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              I love aprons, too. I made one from a big man's shirt.. and it's great for catching all my Hand wipes.

              Another has a tea towel (terry cloth) sewn right into the waist band.. and That one gets lots of use.... need to make another.
              Basically, I measure my waist.. 3x's that number.. gather the waist in and sew on the ties and waistband. generally takes 2.5 to 3 yards of fabric..

              My all time favorite is the one that crosses in the back and has no ties.. just slip it over your head and go!! That takes 3.5 yards of fabric and covers the upper me!!
              Judy

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                #8
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                I have several aprons of different styles but never really wear them. What I really need is a Butt apron because that is where I always seem to wipe my floury hands. Then get teased by Hubby for flour marks on my Butt. LOL
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                  I have worn aprons for years. I like 'full frontal coverage' because I can throw them on over my work clothes and start dinner when I walk in the door. My favorite doesn't tie at the neck or waist...it crosses in the back. My apron I wear to bathe my puppy is oilcloth to resist water. My daughter is a special needs teacher and wears one at work so she has plenty of pockets for pens, pencils, paper, and mini I pad...tools of her trade. I want to make one with big pockets too for sewing/quilting. If i actually cleaned, I would probably have a cleaning apron with big pockets to fill as I tidy and hold little cleaning bits and bobs, but I would rather sew, so you can guess which apron will be used more often!

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                    #10
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                    No, but I should because my clothes take the brunt of my cooking! When I was working in the restaraunt I always wore one but then got out of the habit at home. I should really dig them out and start again.
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                      #11
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                      I don't but my daughter in law wears them a lot, her favorite is one made from her husbands shirt, really cute, google and you can probably find a pic of one.

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                        I have some great apron memories. As a child I lived with my grandparents and great grandmother in the country because my Dad was gone to war and Mom had to work in the city. We girls all wore aprons. I can still see my great grammy sitting on the porch with her arms rolled up in her apron when she got chilly as the sun went down. I would collect eggs in the hen house and use my apron to carry them in. We had special hooks in the kitchen for our aprons. One of the first things I learned to sew was an apron.

                        I have a few vintage aprons hanging in our kitchen. In one of my previous kitchens I tied aprons to a curtain rod and used them as a curtain. It was so cute!
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                        Scottie Mom Barb

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                          I have one apron, it's a black utility type apron, I use it mainly when I'm sewing to keep the threads off my clothes. I did use it at Thanksgiving....I don't think DH had ever seen me in an apron and he came home from work early and there I was with the apron and actually cooking something....in fact he doesn't see me in the kitchen often.
                          Shirley aka buckeyequilter
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                            Secret Pal 'Amber' made me this for the Christmas swap, and I LOVE it!
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                            HA! I think I may be sideways...
                            You may not be able to see clearly, but my name is embroidered on the chest. Such a GREAT gift!
                            Maybe she'll join in, and share. It's a great pattern!
                            Last edited by New York Sue; January 28, 2014, 07:34 AM.
                            I really need to get off the exclamation point.
                            It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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                              #15
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                              I LOVE my aprons and before I started back sewing I would always look for another one when shopping with friends. I decided I needed a reversible one and bought the material. Someday when I get caught up with quilts I'm going to make it. I love brightly colored ones that wake me up and look so cheerful as I'm slaving away. Ha.

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