In a recent post we showed you a repurposed apron we fashioned from a favorite old pair of blue jeans, and I have REALLy enjoyed wearing it around the house! But here’s the deal…I wore it at the Quilt Market last Fall in Houston for lack of a better alternative and also because I just never got around to making anything else and even though it functioned beautifully, it really didn’t do ANYTHING for the mostly black outfits I normally wear when I’m there, (or my figure for that matter)!
So I promised myself I would make myself a dressier-looking apron before going to Portland, Oregon for the Spring Market and since I love the way my denim apron wears I’ve been pondering what type of material to use for some time now. I toyed with the idea of buying some yardage, but tabled that option unless nothing else worked out. It just seemed boring and unimaginative. And since I didn’t have a really BLACK pair of jeans to cut up, I actually thought about making a run down to the Goodwill store to see if they had any black jeans I could scoop up for my new show apron, but then it dawned on me!
I remembered that there were a couple of old, black cotton twill Laboratory aprons stuffed away in a drawer upstairs (from my pre-retirement City-employee years) that could definitely benefit from a “repurposing”! Unfortunately, when I located them, it turned out that they were a little more worn and stained than I remembered, as you can clearly see! (Why does that always happen?)
So… here’s what I did to overcome that!
1) the pockets on these aprons were clearly wider and deeper that the patch pockets normally found on the backside of blue jeans, so in order to be able to use my apron templates, I removed the pockets from the aprons and set the best two of the four aside to be placed on my new apron later.
2) I turned both aprons over and found the wrong sides to be much newer and blacker, so I laid out my pattern pieces here, (carefully avoiding the stained areas), using the wrong side as my new right side of fabric.
3) From here I put my apron together as per my denim apron instructions, placing and stitching the two best looking pockets in place on the front at the very end.
And the result was… pretty fantastic! The pockets are nice and roomy for carrying all the incidental items I’ll need on the Market floor, AND most important of ALL… this black apron is going to look much dressier (and slimmer) in Portland, than it’s denim counterpart did in Houston last Fall!
So how about you?
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