I have a fondness for aprons that leads me to collect them like stamps. They’re often colorful, they keep messes off of clothes and they add extra pockets. I’m sitting here picking little stray threads off of my skirt as I type this. An apron worn during sewing would have saved me the trouble.
I would really like to wear aprons more often and I sometimes fantasize about starting a new trend. However, I already look like an anachronism much of the time with my poofy-poofy skirts, so the addition of an apron just calls extra attention. On the occasions that I forget I am wearing an apron and leave my house I get extra funny looks and occasionally if I’m in a restaurant I’ll get asked for the check.
Still, I should grow a backbone and wear this apron everywhere. First, robots are the best. Secondly, I like the silhouette. Thirdly, it’s cotton canvas and a little more sturdy than my vintage church rummage sale aprons which have gone transparent from decades of washings.
I originally bought this pattern (McCall’s 5825) because of the picture. I admit that I sometimes buy patterns based on the fabric or extraneous clothing featured in the cover picture. I saw this one and really wanted the black Amelia Bedelia style black dress. Who wants to dress up like an old-fashioned maid, but without the sexual overtones. Me! Me!
I can’t find this pattern anywhere online, but I found it by rummaging through the pattern cabinet at the fabric store. I also found lots of forgotten patterns that were hidden by customers in empty drawers. I’m on to all of you cheeky monkeys.
The fabric was a lucky buy at the Kichijoji Yuzawaya in Tokyo. I found a discounted bolt with just one meter left on it and got the whole thing for about 400 yen less than usual. The pattern says that 1.5 years is required to make one of the full length aprons, but I was able to squeeze everything onto one yard. Oh pattern, how you lie to me.