Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two (!) Protect & Serve Aprons for my pals.


Before my trip to Denver this past weekend, I spent a couple of weeks making two more "Protect and Serve" Aprons, a reproduction 1950s pattern from Decades of Style, for my two bestest email buddies. Both are old friends, and both have babies around the same age as Joe (give or take a few months). We email three ways almost every day, and share our daily ups and downs, parenting stories, recipes, and anecdotes. They are both wonderfully supportive and loyal friends, always ready to deliver a pep talk when needed, and they both love to cook. So I decided they both needed nice, colorful, full-coverage aprons.

This makes four aprons I have made from this pattern. Here is the one I made for our housemate Rebecca, and here is the one I made for myself. Considering the pattern requires the application of more then twelve yards of bias tape, this represents a whole lotta bias tape (and for you sewing nerds, I use the "traditional" application method, because I seriously suck at the "sandwich" method, so, uh, that's a lot of sewing). By my calculations, you could circle my whole house in the bias tape I have applied to these aprons. But even though I always tell myself, mid-bias-application, that this will be my last version of this apron, I love the final results so much, I keep coming back.


My friend Melissa lives in Brooklyn, in a very urban environment. But for some reason, I was inspired to choose very "country" fabrics for her apron. Something about this combination is just so Dorothy in Kansas holding a cherry pie, huh? Hopefully it will brighten her kitchen a little bit through those rough winters.

For my friend E. in Denver (Joe and I visited her this past weekend), I chose this Amy Butler fabric. You may notice that it is actually the orange version of the fabric I used for Rebecca's apron (with the same accent fabric, but only on the pocket). This fabric ... well, let's just say if Amy Butler had sat down and said, "Let's design a fabric especially for E. today," she really couldn't have done a better job. Orange, teal, paisley, peacocks, check!  It suits E. to a tee. (And the blue version suits Rebecca to a tee as well.) When I showed E. the apron, her first comment was, "I can't believe this fabric even exists! It's perfect! Can I have a skirt too?"

For my part, I got really happy about applying turquoise bias tape to orange fabric with a green accent pocket. What is even better than orange and green? Orange and green and turquoise. Oh, yeah.

I loved picking out the colors and fabrics for these aprons. I worked on them in between the other projects you've been seeing me post, rather than trying to do them all in a night, and that helped keep me from getting too burned out and sloppy on the more tedious aspects of construction. When applying twenty-four yards of bias tape, it's important to take breaks. (Nonetheless, the binding would not withstand close inspection. There's only so much you can do. I figure it's okay for an apron to look homemade, right?)

Friends: I hope you enjoy them! You two rock my world.

Will I make more of these?



  1. I've been following you via Google Reader for a long time but have never commented. Today, though, I felt compelled to tell you how absolutely gorgeous and wonderful those aprons are! The colors are so complementary and ahhh they're just great. Your friends are very lucky indeed.

  2. Kate: Thank you so much! That is such a nice compliment. It's a great pattern, and I have so much fun picking out fabrics for it. If you can stomach the guzillion yards of bias binding, it's a great "stash-buster."

  3. Super-cute AND practical... completely worth the effort! Love the fabric choices.

  4. As the E in question i can safely say that I'm almost afraid to wear my beautiful new apron for any of the things i need an apron for. better to splatter my dry clean only work dress with pasta sauce? um...yes.

  5. E, no!! It's way washable! I use mine (which is lighter colored than yours, btw) all the time and everything washes right out of it.

    Okay, maybe pull out something more hard-core for tie-dyeing and giant pots of curry. But pasta sauce is no problem. :-)

  6. Hi - I just found your blog and have to say that these aprons are wonderful! They remind me a lot of one my mom used to wear when I was a kid (many, many moons ago).

    If you decide to make more, you might want to look into getting a handy little gadget for your sewing machine called "bias binding attachment". Its a wonderfuly thingy that fits on the foot of your machine and holds the binding and allows you to perfectly apply it to edges. It is worth the cost!

    Here is a video I found that shows how it works. They are available for any brand of machine too! http://www.sewingmachine-sales.co.uk/sewing_machine_info/video/36/bias-binder.html

  7. i am always looking for some free stuffs over the internet. there are also some companies which gives free samples. homedepotmyapron.net


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