Another A is for Apron review. I think this is the fourth? Anyway, I do love the aprons in this book, so it probably won’t be the last!
The designer for this apron is Joan Hand Stroh. In the book, she is quoted to say “I prefer classic, tailored clothing, so I seldom make frilly aprons. Never underestimate the impact of a simple design.” Oh, so true for me, too.
As usual, I made some changes to the apron. First off, I made mine reversible. I prefer two layer aprons, probably because I’m a messy cook, and I always have trouble with bias binding a single layer of fabric.
I also used wider bias tape, because I had just gotten this lovely Michael Miller pindot trim and thought it looked great with my Chocolate Lollipop fabric. It’s cotton tape (not polyester like the Wright’s brand) and the difference is clear. It goes around curves and corners much smoother.
Then I lengthened the ties. I could tell by the picture in the book that the ties weren’t very long, so I added several inches, so that the apron could be worn by a larger woman (like me!). Also, the pattern calls for the fabric to be cut on the bias, but I didn’t, mostly because I didn’t have enough of either print to do that. If you were using a single layer of fabric, I’d recommend that you did cut it on the bias, I think it would fit better (because it would stretch slightly).
As for the directions in the book…after the struggles I encountered making the first three aprons, I largely ignored them. But reading through them, I don’t see any obvious problems, just the usual A is for Apron and M is for Make it More Complicated Than it Should Be stuff.
I have listed this at Retro Femme for tonight’s stocking. If you like the apron, but would like different fabrics (there’s a link over there —-> to my fabric album), please contact me. I’d love to make more of this apron!