Confession - I haven't always been an apron girl. No, I used to be an apron kind-of girl.
I loved the idea of the apron. I thought they were cute; kind of a kitschy throw-back. I even hoarded a collection of vintage half aprons. I just never went so far as to put one on (I didn't want to get them dirty after all).
Even my signature apron was not born from the need for a new smock. Instead, I was bored of only sewing tote bags and I wanted to find a new way of using my collection of second chance fabrics. After a particularly inspired evening I had drafted a pattern and sewn up a prototype.
For quite a while I made and sold aprons, but I still didn't wear them, When potential customers would leave empty handed because they weren't an 'apron kind-of girl' I didn't have much to say. What could I say? I figured you were either born with or without the predilection for the pretty little cover-up.
It wasn't until I started baking a lot that I had my epiphany. Looking down at my thoroughly floured jeans with total frustration was the final straw. I had a closet full of lovingly handmade aprons - why wasn't I wearing one?! Since that day baking a cake has become a much tidier process.
After I started wearing my aprons I really began to appreciate their true versatility. I grab one if I'm about to begin a particularly messy art project. I tie one on if I'm about to engage in a serious housecleaning. This summer I hope to fulfill the dream of a tiny garden - and if you catch me our there you will definitely see me in one of my designs. Heck, maybe if I'm feeling fashionably brave one day I'll layer one as a pinafore and hit the market!
When I reopen the shop on Friday I'll also be offering a new line of half aprons. These sweet things would be perfect to wear to gigs at yard sales, charity fundraisers or even if you were waitressing at a cute corner cafe. I adore this new design and I can't wait to start making more of them!
So if you like the apron but you're not sure you're that kind of girl, perhaps you should give it a second thought. There's a lot of possibility tucked away in those pockets.