Happy Monday my friends!
Did any of you spend the weekend working in your garden?
Since we ripped out the 30 year old landscaping from our garden beds last year at Storybook Cottage I have slowly but surely been adding in new plants and flowers.
I’ve been wanting a simple to smock/apron to wear while gardening and finally had a chance to create one this past week.
I did not use a pattern for this apron. I knew I wanted a loose and easy shape that would work well with all the bending, lifting and twisting that can go on while doing yard work.
A quick perusal on Pinterest and I decided a Japanese Utility apron would be just the thing.
It’s basically just a large rectangle with straps.
These smocks/aprons are generally made out of linen.
I didn’t have any linen on hand but I did have a vintage tablecloth that my cousin Lynn had sent me a few months ago. She had found it at an estate sale and even though it had “issues” (a rather large torn section) she knew I could do something with it.
I cut a straight line across the fabric right below the tear. Before sewing, the rectangle of fabric measured 45” x 32” (114.3 cm x 81.28 cm). The top of the apron received a 2” (5.08 cm) hem and each side of the apron received a 1” (2.54 cm) hem. The bottom of the apron did not need hemming as the finished tablecloth edge was used. After sewing, the new rectangle of fabric measured 43” x 30” (109.22 cm x 76.2 cm).
On either side of the tear there was enough fabric that I could create two straps. Each strap measured 25” x 4” (63.5 cm x 10. 16 cm). I folded each strap in half (right sides together) and sewed one bottom seam and a side seam. (This makes a tube of sorts.) The fabric was then turned right side out and pressed down with a hot iron to create a strap.
I wanted the finished straps to be criss cross in style. So the first strap was pinned at one edge of the smock/apron and then pinned a second time at 25” inches in from the edge. (This makes more sense when the fabric is laying flat.) Then the step was repeated with the second strap on the other edge of the apron.
Each end of the strap was sewn onto the upper edge of the apron in a square with a criss cross pattern (as shown below) for added durability.
You can also see that I added some additional vintage flair to the top edge with a bit of cotton lace and rick rack. But you can eliminate the lace and trim if you want a cleaner looking apron.
A few extra scraps of material were turned into pockets. Vintage pom-pom trim and half of a Battenberg doily were added to the tops of the pockets for a bit of fun.
The pockets were then sewn on with a coordinating thread color using the zig-zag stitch as it is a good choice for pockets that may hold heavy items.
The pockets are all odd shapes and sizes but I think that adds to the charm of the smock.
The best part of all is that when the smock gets dirty it is completely machine washable.
I’m hoping that this smock will extend the life of my clothing as well.
( J Crew artist t shirt from a few years ago and Max jeans found at Marshalls.)
Now since it’s Monday you may need a laugh.
The Fashionista was my photographer and when the wind came up she said, “Work it Beyonce!”
So I did.
Does anyone else wear bare feet as often as they can?
May your week be filled with flowers,
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