Aprons: Keeping It Clean and Creative

Janet in studio photo by Sarah HeggintonWhile we may think of aprons as a relatively recent invention, something to keep spaghetti sauce and bacon grease from splashing on our best shirts, they’ve been around a long time.

In fact, aprons appear in medieval paintings from the 1300s, and in the 1500s they were adorned with lace and embroidery and worn by fashionable women. Tradesmen who engaged in dirty tasks—think blacksmiths, fishmongers, and cobblers—have worn aprons for centuries to protect their clothing and aprons have even shown up as part of ceremonial dress—members of the French Foreign Legion Sappers unit carry axes and wear leather aprons.legion-pionniers

More recently, housewives wore aprons to protect their clothing while cleaning and cooking. Full aprons and half aprons stitched from florals and decorated with rickrack helped make dreary tasks a little less so.vintage aprons

Aprons, very popular in the 1940s and 1950s, fell out of favor in the 1960s as the women’s movement came into being and women stepped out of the home and into the workplace. Today, aprons are once again popular for men and women to wear, and it’s no surprise why—they’re useful in the kitchen, garden, and dye room and if you’re someone who makes aprons, there are myriad pattern options.

Janet laughing photo by Sarah Hegginton

One of those options is the Artisan Apron pattern by Moda designer Janet Clare, who first started wearing an apron to help her feel that she was officially “on duty.” As a mother of young children who worked from home, she fell prey to the distractions of the washing machine and doorbell and thought that dressing like a creative person might be the answer. She decided that an apron could serve as a uniform and that it might put her into an “I’m at work” mindset, so she designed one based on vintage patterns and stitched it of creamy linen.Janet's embellishments photo by Sarah Hegginton

Janet wears the apron whenever she teaches and gives talks, including on Create and Craft TV. As it became part of her signature style, people clamored for a pattern. She obliged, and has since sold thousands. The apron has no buttons or ties but slips overhead, its straps crossing at the back. It features a comfortable, loose neckline and two oversized pockets (Janet carries a sand-filled “worry doll” in one of them).Apron Back - Full Length

The apron is an ongoing project, and she’s added embroidery, lace, badges, and other meaningful embellishments. Janet embroidered her work motto—“She believed she could and so she did”—and continues to add to the apron as the mood strikes her. She tosses items to add in a green, vintage tin in her studio and then every few months she’ll have an apron day and stitch them on. Adding to the apron is a process and one that may never be finished, but that works well for her. “When I wear my apron, I am Janet Clare, the designer,” she says. “I feel creative and inspired, it gives me confidence. My simple, humble apron is an ever-evolving work of art that tells the story of me.”Apron Detail - Whales and BunnyJanet thinks most everyone could benefit from an apron of their own. “Make yourself the nicest apron you can and then gradually (with no rush or pressure) embellish, decorate and adorn it,” she says. “In time you, too, will know the delight in being able to wear your creativity.”Arpon Detail - One Does Wonder

Janet’s newest line, Aubade, would be perfect for creating badges and appliqué to decorate YOUR apron.Asst-Aubade-A-Song-To-The-Dawn-image

We’re giving away one of Janet’s Artisan Apron patterns…and maybe a bit of fabric, too!

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297 thoughts on “Aprons: Keeping It Clean and Creative

  1. funny you should write about aprons. I have been keeping my eyes open for a pattern that is easy, pleasing,one size fits all that looks nice and functional. this is nice. it covers up very well. I hope I win.

  2. I remember my Grandmothers and aunt earring aprons. I have one of my Grandmothers apron that I treasure. It has a cross stitch pattern embellishment.

  3. I love my aprons! I grab one whenever I am cooking or baking. My grandmother always wore hers
    when baking her famous strawberry rubarb pie. and or course, she wiped many a tears away as well, I have passed on the the tradition to my daughter and now my grand daughters.

    1. My sister did that project too. When she embroidered her name onto it, she sewed it to her skirt!

  4. I would love to have this pattern. Even if I don’t win were could I buy this. I love Moda . Theresa

  5. I love Janet’s ideas of embellishing an apron to spark creative thoughts. I think I wear them for their pockets, that way I don’t misplace so many things.

  6. I remember one of my grandmother always wearing an apron and it was very similar to the one Janet is wearing, of course, without the embellishment. It would fun to make one and have it to wear. It would remind me of my grandmother.

  7. My mother was someone who always put an apron on before entering her kitchen. She was always up early and baking bread long before I had breakfast and headed off to school – she was a busy housewife, and still worked outside of home. She just loved keeping busy and taking care of her family. Her first words to me, when I went into the kitchen to help her with meal preparation, was “where is your apron?” To this day, I seldom where an apron in my kitchen – as much as I’d like to – I’ve always found it too hot with an added layer of an apron, but loved the story of why Janet wears one, and maybe her pattern would be the apron for me :)!

  8. I still remember my grandmother on the farm. Her apron was part of her everyday outfit. She put it on in the morning and it came off at night, unless she was going to town.

  9. I loved reading the historical notes! I dye wool for a living in my basement and my aprons are a part of my everyday life.

  10. I remember my grandmother wearing an apron. I have made the Church Ladies Apron for both of my granddaughters.

  11. I love the idea of the apron being a ‘uniform’ for us makers. When I go out to my day job I put on smart clothes that I don’t wear at any other time. When you ‘work’ at home it’s difficult to distinguish work-time, from me-time, or indeed house-time. This is absolutely 100% the answer!

  12. I love aprons, several hang on hooks in my kitchen. Sadly, I forget to wear them except on holidays. My mother and aunts all wore them and I have one that my Mom made and embroidered all our names on it.

  13. My grandmother used to wear aprons when cooking. She had really beautiful ones. Thank you for the chance to win. Its a lovely apron!

  14. I wear my apron from the Culinary Institute of America when I bake. Otherwise I’d be co ended in flour and splatters in no time! I imagine a creating apron would be covered in threads in no time! I’d love to be a winner and find out for myself!

  15. I love aprons and their personal history. I have many made by my great aunt and special ones given to me or from far away places. This was a great post!

  16. I would make this apron for myself! First pattern I really like. Love those deep pockets and the full coverage.

  17. Aprons and pockets–a winning combination! I love the idea of adding embellishments when the mood strikes. I also love the simplicity a pinafore. Beautiful and functional.

  18. Aprons bring back memories of my Grandmother. As a child buying her Christmas Gift, it was often a apron. My Husband who loved to cook and came home to fix lunch, always grabbed his apron to protect his clothing. Another happy memory.

  19. My grandmother always wore an apron during the day at home. My mother typically wore one when I was younger but got away from it when she transitioned from dresses to slacks in the early 70s. She stiLloyd wore one when doing especially messy cooking . Her favorite was one I made her out of beautiful laminated floral fabric I found in France. Now that she is gone, it’s my go-to whenever I’m in the kitchen. I have begun wearing an apron when doing all-day stitching — it’s a great way to dethread quickly! Janet Clare`so Artisan Apron is now on my to-do list! Thanks for this opportunity.

  20. My grandmother used to wear a “housecoat” – much like an apron but buttoned down the front. Sometimes I make an apron, oven mitts and dish towels for bridal shower gifts!

  21. I recently became the kitchen coordinator at my church and have been wearing aprons at work. We have a drawer of plain aprons and I am thinking of making a special one for me. Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. I’ve never thought about it until now, but wearing an apron while sewing and quilting would help to keep those pesky loose threads off my clothes. It seems I’m always “wearing” my sewing project – especially when I’m out shopping.

  23. I love aprons and use them daily. Even making some for the youngest grandchildren to wear for those generational cooking days.
    The Aussie fabric line looks phenomenal too, mods you’ve hit another homer in with this latest release.

  24. I love aprons, but use them mostly when cooking. I can see an advantage to wearing one while sewing, especially one with lots of pockets.

  25. this is a really great article for memories, I still have the gingham apron my sons wore when we used to bake cookies together, the fun times with simple pleasures, rather than the discussions now about cars and girls! I have wanted to make one for crafting and until reading this had not considered one for my creative pleasure, will do so now!

  26. Love this apron. One of my first sewing projects were aprons. They tend to be a go to wedding shower gift along with kitchen linens. It’s so fun!!

  27. I wear an apron although, not as cute as Janet Clare’s and I have made aprons for my daughters too – they are so handy! I also, am making smocked aprons for my grand daughters at this time. Thanks for a cute story and the chance to win a cute pattern (and maybe some pretty fabric too).

  28. I love aprons, and always remember my grandmothers wearing them. I have them for the kitchen and garden, but don’t know why I never thought of wearing on in my sewing room. Genius!

  29. I am always ruining my clothes for lack of an apron!! I think I need one of these. I love Janet’s design with no ties.

  30. I love making aprons, I usually give them to friends so they can enjoy wearing them. I have several of my own but it is so fun to have a friend in mind when I’m picking the pattern and fabric. Janet’s apron is great because it has no ties and comes in different sizes!

  31. This post bring backs such fond memories of childhood when my mother and grandmothers wore aprons when cooking and baking. The first apron that I made for myself was in home economics in 1963. Thank you for the chance to win this pattern. I’ll be checking out the fabric when I go to my lqs this week.

  32. I have collected aprons for several years: gingham, cross stitch, and have several that are organdy with all sorts of embellishments. I always cook in one. Yum.

  33. My Granny wore an apron every day. Even over her house(work) dress. My love of aprons — especially vintage — stems from seeing Granny in hers. I have a collection of vintage which I proudly hang on a wrought iron hook. [They did until a recent move. I still haven’t found the perfect place to display.] Many are tattered; yet, they are ready for their next assignment.
    Every time I go into a thrift store or visit an estate/garage sale I look for vintage aprons.
    I’ve been wanting to create one of my own — after reading your post I’m feeling inspired!

  34. I find aprons helpful to cut down on the laundry and spot removal. I like the type like hers that don’t hang on your neck or tie around your waist but cover as she says “like a uniform.”

  35. I’ve always loved aprons. Although the fancy pretty ones from the past are not me I love a good utilitarian kind with deep pockets and that wash up beautifully. This pattern is a real hard worker. I would love to have that pattern!

  36. What an adorable apron, how sweet to also add all the embellishments.
    I have 3 go to aprons when cooking & baking.
    Would love to make this one!
    Thanks for this post!

  37. I remember my grandma wearing an apron, and I think it’s time I started wearing one, too. Love Janet’s apron with no ties to fuss with.

  38. Love my aprons – ones I’ve made from checked towels – ones passed on from Grandma and one passed on from dear friend – they all have a story and make me happy when I put one on and get creative!

  39. I love Janet’s apron. Normally I don’t ware an apron
    but I really like the way hers slips over her head and
    crosses in the back.

  40. I remember my grandmother wearing a full apron when she cooked. And, you could always find one hanging on a hook near the back porch entry into the kitchen. I have my mother’s “fancy” half apron from the 60’s. Guessing it is the 60’s because it is a light harvest gold cotton with a cream and brown calico print for the ties and ruffle details. Enjoyed seeing Janet’s apron and the close-up photos of her embellishing.

  41. I’m not sure why I don’t wear an apron. I cook a lot, and I make a complete mess of my clothes! Maybe I just need the right apron.

  42. I recently realized that I NEED an apron for cooking, dyeing and even cleaning. I could change into “housework” clothes, but that stops the flow of creativity. Slipping on an apron would not do that.
    Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

  43. This was such an interesting, informative post. And a great idea – an apron as a uniform! Thank you.
    Christine from Ontario

  44. Oh my, love the apron. I always wear aprons when I cook. My Grandma always wore an apron that started at the waist (didn’t cover her top) and hers were gingham, she did cross stitch designs on the gingham. I wish I had one of hers.

  45. My grandmother always wore aprons. She was a seamstress for her careeer, and I remember her wearing aprons when she sewed. My mother made and wore gingham crossstitched aprons when she cooked.

  46. I love aprons – always wear one while I cook. The idea to use one while quilting or crafting is brilliant.

  47. My grandmother and one of my aunts always wore an apron. My mother had some aprons but didn’t wear them everyday. I like to wear one when cooking.

  48. I have always loved aprons since a child with the special ones made for me as a child. I also loved the special ones my Mom wore for Christmas and special occasions. I collect patterns and have made many of them. I have a special one for Christmas too. I love the style of this one and it would be so fun to decorate. I also love not decorating myself with things like flour or tomato sauce. I am always decorated with thread!!

  49. I love aprons, wear them always when cooking. I have a couple of my grandmothers aprons made just like the one showen. Would love to know how to make them, for sure the pattern would help me out.

  50. My 25 year old daughter is a pastry chef and a young quilter and LOVES anything Apron. She would be tickled to have this pattern. My mother had one similar to this pattern when i was a kid. The memories the photo brought back are like a warm hug from her.

  51. I love this apron. My grandmother used to make aprons and smock or embellish them in various ways. I’d love to make one.

  52. This apron pattern reminds me of the style my grandma wore, except hers were made of print feedsacks. I treasure the mother/daughter set I inherited. The child size is the one made for me.

  53. What a perfect apron. All around perfect for indoors or outdoors. I love the idea to make it uniquely your very own. I would love to win this pattern. And if don’t,..I will be looking for the pattern. Thanks so much for sharing

  54. I have been looking for this pattern for years….I see lots of pictures but no one has a pattern….I am expecially wanting to make one for my friend who reminded me that her mom wore one and would like to have me make one for her mom. If I am not the winner…I will be looking into getting my hands on one. Love the article.

  55. I love this Apron. I always have threads on my cooking apron when I sew but would love to have a sewing apron like this that is functional but pretty. Also, I need this for my monthly quilting retreats or classes because I don’t wear an apron there.thank you Moda and Janet

  56. I love that pattern, the way it crosses and doesn’t tie (which is not a good look if your waist disappeared a decade ago. Love the idea of continuing to embellish it too.

  57. I love aprons, and this article really makes me want to make one of my own. My most precious aprons were my grandmother’s, made in gingham with what she called “tenerife” embroidery on them. The concept of apron as uniform is fantastic.

  58. I love aprons, they bring back such fond memories of baking with my Gran and Mom, fun times. Also remember the year I found a pattern in a magazine using placemats, made aprons for Xmas gifts for everyone I knew!

  59. I have been browsing over aprons for a while deciding the perfect fit. I love that Janet dons it as her “work” uniform. Her patterns are pretty awesome too!

  60. I love aprons and have a collection of vintage ones. I like to take them to the nursing home I work at and let the ladies in our Memory Care Unit go through them. The way there are certain ones they like to wear or hold and the stories they bring out are so endearing.

  61. Great traditions always resurface and aprons are one of these. great pattern and love the personalized touches. Want to make this pattern for the grandchildren (the grandsons too) and let them learn their 1st needle works on it thus becoming a treasured keepsake. Must offer this pattern in multiple sizes so the tradition can be continued as they grow! It would become a visual timeline of their needle skills and interests over time.

  62. I love aprons and wear one every time I cook. Soon I’ll start wearing them whenever I eat. lol

  63. This so interesting. I’ve been thinking about making me an apron. I think it’s a great idea using it like a uniform. I love this apron. This cross over type is exactly the type I wanted to make. Would be nice to win it!

  64. Having an apron that does not require tying and re-tying is great idea. I would like to have the pattern.

  65. I love aprons and wear them all the time in the kitchen. One of my favorites previously belonged to my Great Aunt Mick. My go to pattern has been the Church Lady apron by Maria Muldari, but I’d love to try Janet’s – and NOT use it in the kitchen. Love that she dons it for “work.” Her apron has sparked a fire of desire!

  66. I have a couple of aprons my Mom made years ago. They were made from the skirts of my sister’s and my dresses that Mom had also made us. I still use those. I have made one of those dish towel aprons that covers me top to bottom and that comes in pretty handy as well.

  67. I have childhood memories of the women in my life wearing aprons daily. I have some I use and some I just like to admire. I would love to add to my collection.

  68. I cannot imagine my grandmother without an apron. She lived on a farm, and wore her apron from the time she got up until after the supper dishes were washed and put away.

  69. I had a very similar pattern for an apron by Daisy Kingdom that I love. It’s great to have a few in the kitchen since the style is a one size fits all, and covers so much . When I have friends in the kitchen with me they always comment on how much they like it. Would be great to have this pattern so I could make them something similar!

  70. My mom taught me to embroider when I was 7 years old and the first project was an apron of daisies coming out of a basket pocket. I still have that apron!

  71. Wonderful post. My grandmother never wore pants, put her dress on in the morning, came into the kitchen and put her apron on first thing before even making the coffee. Fond memories of aprons.

  72. I always try to slip on an apron when I cook. I have two that I made from my grandmother’s feed sacks. I love them.

  73. I have my Grandmother’s apron. I don’t wear it as it is very thin, but it brings me pleasant memories every time I see it!

  74. I have made many aprons for myself and as gifts. I love the ideas about personalizing and adding to the apron over time. My favorite apron is one of the first I made and is denim striped….it hangs in my kitchen and is used often.

  75. Aprons are my favorite garment around the house. I have several, and always looking for better more interesting styles. They protect my clothes cooking, have pockets for everything (collecting eggs!). This one looks very nice!

  76. I have some vintage aprons of my mom’s, never worn, but resided in a drawer with all the other things that were too pretty to be used.

  77. What a unique style of apron. One that doesn’t get in the way of doing things, but is still useful and attractive. I like it!

  78. The apron pattern and story are great. Love the pattern because it doesn’t put any pressure on the neck. However, the best part of this entire post is reading everyone’s post a about their treasured memories!

  79. This apron looks so easy to wear, and I especially love that there are no ties or strings to come loose. It’s fun to embellish with your own creativity.

  80. I love aprons! For me bridal shower my mom made me 12 aprons, one for each month. It was something her future mother in law did for her own shower.

  81. My grandmother wore an apron every day. It had a pocket that held her keys, chewing gum and a hankee.
    I love the idea of the apron uniform for doing creative work. It’s like Superman in reverse.

  82. Aprons do stir up memories of Grandma peeling apples for her mouthwatering pies in a one piece full coverage flour sack apron. My mother had pretty delicate aprons she would wear over her Sunday dress for the Sunday meal. I’ve kept some of the family aprons but haven’t worn one as much. But my daughter and daughter-in-law both like to wear aprons. I did make some for the church kitchen so the ladies wouldn’t have to worry about ruining their outfits. I made each one different so ladies could pick their favorite or a coordinating one.

  83. I still have my mothers aprons from the 50’s including the first one I made her. An apron always make me think of her. She wasn’t in the kitchen without an apron.

  84. I made my first apron in what was called Manual Training class in the 50’s. Hard to believe, but I still have it. I usually wear an apron while cooking. Love this one. Thanks for chance at the give away.

  85. I once bought an apron at a vintage fair, and got it home to discover there was a note in the pocket from the woman who had worn it decades ago. Very special.

  86. My father is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. The ladies of the Legion have a bake, craft, sewing sale every year before Christmas to raise funds. Every Christmas, my two sisters and I get an apron and matching pot holder set that my father has purchased at this sale. We have quite a collection! Thanks!

  87. I work in a gift shop and all of the sales ladies wear aprons. We wear the same style for each holiday but made out of different fabric. We get lots of compliments on our aprons and sell a lot too.

  88. I never cook without an apron. Never liked spots on my clothing from cooking. Now I wear one when sewing to keep things I need close at hand. I would love to win a new pattern! Thank you for the article and a chance to win!

  89. I am not an apron wearer, although I should wear one because I am so messy in the kitchen. But my husband wears one every time he is working in the kitchen , plus when he is doing leather work. He is a smart man.

  90. This Christmas I made aprons for my daughter-in-law and granddaughter using fabric I thought reflected their personalities and style. They were well received. I like the style of Janet’s apron…no ties to come untied when your hands might be messy. Thanks for the introduction to this designer and her fabrics. clara-chandler@att.net

  91. What a fabulous pattern! One of my childhood memories was of my great-grandmother’s gingham aprons, all embellished with chicken scratch embroidery. It fascinated me!

  92. ll the fabrics they made them with . Loved the styles and patterns they made them into and from. I think most of the fabrics were feed sack fabrics. I think that was my start to the love of fabrics . I make aprons for gifts to friends and family. I wear one while sewing and working in my sewing room. I keep things in the pockets like my phone and a scissors, thimble , or what ever I need . I also use one while doing home fixing and building of small projects, Small screws. tape measure and other such things are found in my apron pockets. And most of all like my Grandmothers for cooking. They have left me with wonderful memory’s of they and their aprons.

  93. The word apron always makes me think of my grandma. She had a “broom closet” where she kept her brooms, mops and a hook for her aprons. It was a very small closet and the back wall of it was against the chimney so it was always very warm in there. It was my favorite “hiding” spot for hide-n-seek. They really are a very useful and practical item, not sure why more people don’t use them. Thanks for the chance to win a pattern!

  94. I have made more than 100 aprons either as gifts or for sale. They may be made of cloth, cotton laminate or oil cloth. The fun ones are embellished to suit the personality of the wearer. They are the most fun to make.

  95. Just last Saturday I was talking with a friend and told her I would make her an apron! This one would be perfect for her!!!!!!

  96. I always wear an apron cooking. I bought one with our state emblem on it and I made one. These I’ve had for a long time. Would love to have her pattern.

  97. I love aprons and wear them whenever I am working in the kitchen. My sister and I made Christmas aprons out of potholders and matching fabric back when we were in high school. I still wear mine during each Christmas season!

  98. Love this pattern and love seeing aprons of the past! Remember so many of the women in my life that used aprons daily!

  99. My daughter in law loves aprons. I have never had or worn an apron. However, I love this idea of having one to wear and adding embellishments to it as you go and making it your own. I think I will be making my first apron!

  100. I love full aprons, in my retail life I worked at a store where we wore aprons, I loved it. It helped customers identify staff, and the pockets were perfect for note book and pen to write down info to better serve the customer. It was a sad day when they stopped the practice.

  101. My grandmother worked part-time from home typing in the 50’s. She had 8 children and 14 grandchildren, and her home was the hub of our families. To signal that she was “available” to any of us who stopped by, she wore an apron. Most times it was a half apron, sometimes one with a bib, but always with lace edges, and always with a brooch! If Nana had an apron on we could count on some kind of baked goods, hugs and lots of fussing. No apron, we took our chances. I’ve got several, but never thought of making one. Perhaps this is an idea whose time has finally come. What a beautiful line!

  102. My friend and I started making aprons together on New Year’s weekend from a pattern we drafted on newsprint, selecting fabric from her extensive collection. Two women and a cat–and creative energy to start the new year! Thanks for sharing Janet’s story!

  103. When I started machine quilting 15 years ago, I put into service an apron I bought on my honeymoon that had sheep on the pockets to hold my scissors, trimmed threads, chalk markers and whatever else I needed on hand. I love that apron and it hangs on my longarm, patiently waiting for me to come sew. I no longer quilt for customers, but once I put on my apron, it feels like I’ve gone to work and can accomplish so much!

  104. I have one of my Mothers aprons that I cherish. I recently ran across a similar styled apron in a sewing book. Very handy to slip it on and not fiddle with those “apron strings”. Would love the pattern and love the idea of slowly embellishing it. Terri.

  105. I tend to forget to put on an apron when I’m cooking but I have one my mum gave me years ago that I always wear for baking. I hope that will make some of her skills rub off on me!

  106. I so enjoy reading about Janet Clare. She is one of my favorite designers and this new fabric line looks beautiful! I have an apron that I made for my mom years ago. She has passed so now I enjoy this apron as a treasure and fond memory of her.

  107. When I was growing up, my Gram lived with us and took care of us while Mom worked. I adored the woman and spent lots of time listening to her stories of life “on the farm” She was born in 1884 and kept house in the depression. Gram always wore an apron(bib apron) with pockets and it was useful for many things………wiping little faces, wiping tears away, keeping her clothes clean, putting things in as she picked up around the house,etc. Til she died at 92, she was never without her apron during her waking hours . My brother did a pen and ink drawing of her wearing her ever present apron as a gift for me 30 yrs ago and it has a special spot in my dining room, keeping Gram ever close to me. I even have aprons hanging in my kitchen. They are a homage to her but I do wear them at times. Would love that pattern as it is similar to the ones she wore.

  108. The apron is a must in the kitchen, love the wrap around. I need to make some for guys, so need a guy pattern. Thanks

  109. What an interesting article! I use a plain white “restaurant ” apron when I am in my sewing room…I am going to embellish!!

  110. I love the style of this apron because it is not restrictive. I imagine having an apron as uniform is a concrete example to the person working at home that they have to say no to distractions and tells the family this is creative time. I have been thinking of aprons but have not got the impetus to finish one. My grandmothers had aprons too and my mother and lately I have ruined clothes while cooking (and eating too!). I love the ongoing embellishments.

  111. The idea of using the apron as a work-time uniform is brilliant. I have been struggling to find a way to distinguish my roles at home. This is the perfect solution. Not only is it a reminder for the wearer, it is also a visual cue to everyone in the house. Thank you for sharing!

  112. I wear aprons made from pillowcases all the time, but I’m not crazy about the ties. This looks like a perfect solution! I’d love this! The model here (is it Janet herself?) is adorable, by the way. Thanks for the giveaway; this is one I’d definitely LOVE to win!

  113. What a wonderful apron and fab idea to personalize it with ongoing embellishments. I am inspired to sew up a new apron today.

  114. The first thing we made in Home Economics at school in the 1960’s was a gingham apron we could use the next term for cooking. Mine was green gingham with red gingham bias binding.

  115. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog! Especially when she talks about putting it on and feeling like, the designer, and that she is at work. I wonder how many of us sewers have an item that makes us feel special while we are creating?!?!?! Thanks for the idea of adding memories to the apron….

  116. I like this apron. I have one that is tunic style that I bought to use when I longarm, but I don’t like having to tie things.

  117. Made my first apron in Home EC. also. I used that one forever. I’ve been making aprons for myself, my daughters, granddaughters and my Activity Day Girls ever since. Janet’s pattern looks great and I really want to make some like it. I love her idea to use aprons as a uniform when working from home. I’m definitely going to start doing that to keep me on task.

  118. Our guild had a sort of “dirty Santa” where we had all aprons as gifts, we could chose a new package and hope for a good apron or we could take one from someone else until it was passed 2-3 times and then retired to the lucky lady on that last trade. It was a fun swap and everyone loves aprons!

  119. What a wonderful apron! My dear friend made me a lovely Christmas apron this year, but I’d love to win this one to decorate as Janet has so beautifully done!

  120. Janet’s apron reminds me of the ones my grandmother used to make! I still have one, 30s feed sack, too fragile to wear these days but I love that apron.

  121. Janet was my inspiration to create an apron for my teaching uniform. I teach both cooking and sewing, so mine is reversible – a machine embroidered sewing design on one side and a cooking one on the other. It is constructed from a natural oatmeal colored linen with black thread embroidery. I receive so many complime

  122. I usually wear an old denim shirt to serve as an apron. I don’t like to mess with ties. The ease of putting this apron on appeals to me — and it covers the areas that usually get soiled.
    quiltschon@att.net

  123. Both my grandmothers wore aprons all the time. Then it was to preserve and keep clean the few dresses they had. I have aprons and do wear them, but nothing like this one. It would be fun to embellish this and very personal. Thanks for sharing.

  124. My grandma Lu always wore an apron with huge pockets. When she wasn’t cooking, cleaning etc. she would pull out her tatting from the pocket. Everything she wore had beautiful tatted lace. Gorgeous doilies were everywhere. I’d love to have one of them and the apron pattern.

  125. I love the look of this apron. All the additions are awesome. I would love to make one and add my personal touches. Thanks for inspiring us to do more.

  126. Love that aprons are back in style. I have a collection of my grandmother’s. She wore an apron all the time. Even brought it with her when she would come stay with me. It was part of her clothing. She had work aprons and she had nice aprons for when company would come.

  127. The only thing that would make this apron better is when you put it on the house work was done. where can we get the pattern if we don’t win?

  128. Wearing an apron puts me in a whole different mindset. Whether I’m in the kitchen or my sewing room, I’m comfortable. I’ve even been known to wear it to the grocery store! I come from a long line of apron-wearers.

  129. I too fondly remember my grandmother wearing her apron while cooking and cleaning. Don’t know why they have fallen out of fashion. Maybe because it is so much easier for us to do laundry today then it was for our grandmothers. Would love to make one for myself and my daughters to bring aprons back in vogue.

  130. A few years ago my mum bought me an apron for my birthday and it’s my most favorite (although I have a few others).

  131. I love wearing an apron at home–and the pocket is a great place for my ipod so I can listen to books as I work. I also came up with a pattern that’s based on an antique apron. The great thing about this sort of design is you can load up the pockets, while gardening or working around the house, and the weight is on your shoulders, not your neck, which eliminates neck strain and headaches. I love Janet’s design!

  132. It’s good to see aprons making comeback. I remember my Grandmother, Mom, and aunts all used aprons and then they seemed to go out of style. I recently purchased a cute apron pattern and am looking forward to picking out the right fabric to make it.

  133. I made my artisan apron last year and love it. I did a workshop with Janet & she stitched her name on it which makes it even more special. Slowly adding my own treasures, it hangs in pride of place in my studio.

  134. Reminds me of my wonderful mother-in-law who always wore an apron. She would have loved this. I would make one and wear it myself in her memory.

  135. I just got done making two aprons for my granddaughters, ages 10 and 12, for Christmas. That is what they asked me for Christmas. They both love to cook and will make good use of them. Now I just need to make myself a new one! I also have made aprons for two of my older granddaughters for their wedding showers as part of their gift. I think we will see aprons being worn more again as mothers come home from work and need to get a quick supper for their family.

  136. I have been wanting this apron pattern since I first saw it. I love how it covers and think it would be very comfortable to wear. I love it!

  137. I make my two daughters an apron each Christmas. They love them and this looks like it could be a lot of fun.

  138. I have always worn a pinny but would love to win this pattern to sew a new one. I love the idea of the big pockets, one can never have enough pockets ;0)

  139. My grandmother wore cover all aprons with large floral prints. She was a farm wife. She always kept a clean apron by the door to change into whenever someone pulled in the driveway.She used her apron to gather eggs & garden produce.

  140. I’v always been an apron lover and feel i was born in the wrong era. I just may have to start a new fashion trend and just start wearing them. Thank you Moda and Janet for the inspiration.

  141. my grandmothers, aunts and mom wore aprons!!
    I own two, but never wear them. They are more decorative accents.
    I would love this pattern, think I need to start protecting my
    clothing in a fun way!!

  142. Love aprons…I wear my grandmother’s apron whenever I take a painting or dying class or when making a mess in my own sewing room.

  143. I wear an apron when ever I am cooking. O have three and they are all stained. therefore they are doing their job. Love that pattern with no ties.

  144. I love aprons and I love this particular idea and pattern. I usually wear an apron when baking, but I have recently started painting and was thinking this is a great idea when working on crafts! Thanks for the chance to win.

  145. I love this apron! I have always worn aprons. Has saved many clothes from ruin because it caught the spills not my outfit. Would love to have this one.

  146. I often wear a well used, slightly tattered vintage apron that was my mothers. I would enjoy making and wearing one made from the Artisan Apron pattern.

  147. Our church family adores a young girl of 20 now who was our special premmie . Born at 24 wks and weighing 1lb 2 oz she lived bc of answered prayers. She is almost totally blind from the oxygen prob etc etc. she made me an apron and the pastor told every one she was in the making aprons business. He ordered one for every lady in our church and they in turn needed to get her an order. Her sewing has gotten so much better and her spirit has been lifted to the possibility that ” I can make something”.

  148. Maybe an apron would keep random thread strings off my clothes when I go out in public.

    Aww, who am I kidding! 😉

  149. This is the apron I have been looking for! A real apron, not a prissy, pretty one that I have to worry about hurting, but a real apron to do a real job!

  150. I am wearing an apron while reading this! I always wear an apron when I cook. I never thought about wearing one when I quilt or sew. I am definitely going to make one of these. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  151. My SIL made me a couple of sturdy aprons nearly fifteen years ago, and they are still in great condition. Made of cotton canvas, and a useful blue, with very long ties to allow some middle aged expansion to happen. I prefer Janet Clares pattern though, especially the ability to add embellishments.

  152. My grandmothers wore aprons for all kitchen tasks. I wear one for the same. I’m lost in the kitchen without one.

  153. Hi there,
    I am always on the lookout for new apron patterns…especially plus-sized ones that have no buttons or skinny ties to make for the residents of a local senior’s center.
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs!

  154. I love wearing aprons…if I didn’t my shirts would be a mess. If I win the pattern I will be sure to put my name on the front….Oldmommy.

  155. I love my aprons, and have worn them for years! Thanks, Janet, for sharing another way to continue with ongoing creative additions!

  156. I love this apron… and actually have had the pattern for it. I just need to sit down and make one, hey? It is actually on my to do list. Love Janet and her creativity!

  157. My first sewing project (other than doll clothes) was an apron in Home Ec 1. I like Janet’s apron a lot and hope I win.

  158. I love Janet’s apron, I have made four in total, one is in Austrailia, one in Cornwall and the third in Wales each one personalised for its owner , I finally made one for myself this Christmas and look forward to adding to it. Janet is inspirational and I love working with her fabrics and designs . I would encourage anyone to make the apron, it is really simple to make .

  159. For over 30 years I taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten – lots of little hands, runny noses, and HUGS. I never wanted to not give and receive a hug but I knew I also needed to protect my clothing, especially if I had a meeting after school. Plus, many of my pants and skirts did not have pockets – where would I keep tissues, emergency band aids, confiscated toys, treasures found on the playground, pens, etc? Of course aprons were the answer. I got a basic, squared-off pattern and began making them, aprons for holidays, special occasions, and to go with the different units I taught. Eventually I had enough that I could wear a different apron every week and yes, all had pockets. When I retired I kept a few of my favorites, especially the one made from butterfly material, but left the others for my colleagues. That was over ten years ago and a friend just told me that they still see teachers wearing my aprons. What a nice thought!

  160. I love aprons! My dear grandmother always wore an apron over her dress. She used it to carry eggs, feed the chickens, dry little girl tears and hands and everything in between. Such good memories! Thanks for the fun!

  161. My very first sewing project was a apron which I still have 50+ years later! I need to wear aprons more often as I always feel more productive when I have one on. Love the idea of using an apron as a blank canvas and adding meaningful embellishments over time.

  162. I absolutely love aprons and have a bit of a collection! The most treasured ones are ones that belonged to my grandmothers or ones that they made. I am always making aprons and would love to win!, thank you

  163. I need a great pattern for an apron, mine all all worn out. Would love to create a working apron for long arming.

  164. I love this apron pattern as it will not cause my finicky neck to hurt. I too, treasure the aprons that I have inherited from my grandmas, and think this particular one would be a great addition to the collection, especially since it will have so many embellishments added over time. What a cherished keepsake it will become as it tells my story!!

  165. I do not usually wear one, but would like to in the future. Love your design for the wrap around one!

  166. I have worn aprons to cook in, paint in, etc. for decades because I tend to spill food and paint all over myself. But seeing this darling apron, I see that I should have a large apron to wear while cutting fabric, sewing, and quilting because when I do any of these things, I am consistently covered in small threads. I begin to think of myself a bit as Pigpen from Peanuts, always gathering dirt, leaves, mud, etc.!

  167. I LOVE the idea of the ‘on duty’ apron….this is something I struggle with daily, working from home….there’s always the call of the household duties and my passion gets pushed to the back burner. Growing it’s identity with embellishments is awesome…….one of those ‘so simple I wish I’d thought of it’ ideas! thank you x

  168. Love this! I made nearly a dozen aprons for Christmas including a couple similar to this. This would be fun to make and fun to use. I have a birthday coming up so winning would be a real celebration

  169. Oh, this apron is just perfect for me! I get through an apron a day, sometimes two, and they don’t really save my clothes because they don’t cover all the places I’m likely to wipe my hands (ie, my bottom). I love the idea of embellishing with statements about my life and my passions. I want to make at least 3 of these – one for the kitchen, one for the garden and another for the studio <3

  170. I LOVE full aprons and, for som reason I too feel more “art-empowered” when I wear them. This one is, indeed, a perfect iteration. I am hankering for those light fabrics…well, really th entire line! Thanks for the chance to win and also, as importantly to me, for keeping the entry simple…I am not a raffle-copter fan!

  171. Great idea. Appreciate the embellish- over- time, as you acquire or create things to add to the apron.
    I tire of the need to have everything now– we binge watch ( what happened to anticipation and being excited while we wait?) There is satisfaction in creating something slowly, in the “a-ha!” moment of discovering that little thing that will be perfect to add. Wait…that sounds like my quilting UFOs!

  172. I remember visiting my Grandma Jones and some days she would have her apron on and one out for
    me and that ment we were going to make cinnamon rolls! And oh boy were they good. Every time I see an apron it reminds me of those special days. I wish I had been mature enough then to realize how special they were.

  173. An apron is a sign of a working classy Lady to me. I watched both Mom and Grammie wear aprons full and half as they created wonderful family meals.

  174. Love the Apron! No ties, waist seam or ruffles! Looks like OSFA too. I would really like this pattern. Thank you for the chance to win!

  175. After years of adding embellishments, Janet’s apron will become an heirloom. My mother in law wears aprons and this one is a good one that she wouldn’t have to reach around to tie. I would love to make one for her.

  176. I love aprons! My first sewing project in Home Ec was a gathered waist apron – simple design but I was so proud of it. My mom and grandmother always wore aprons so I have such good memories of them. I’d love to be able to embellish this apron and Aubade looks wonderful!

  177. I love aprons! Great pattern! How fun! New idea to me ~ would love to win pattern for personal embellishing!

  178. Thank you for such a delightful post and wonderful apron idea! Thank you for more history on aprons. I have to thank EllynAnne Geisel for being introduced to “domestic armor” back in 2008. I’m an avid collector and wear a full apron every day. Some I made, most collected, and my best half aprons are tied around the banister posts of the stairs as you enter our home. Allison C. Bayer, Plano, Texas

  179. I have a collection of vintage aprons that I actually do use. LOVE aprons and this post has given me the thought of making some “new” vintage aprons for my nieces and nephew … all of whom love to cook! LOVE her “Aubade” line … happy to give some of it a good home {{wink wink}}

  180. My daughter, age 9, loves aprons for different tasks, so I’ve been collecting patterns to make new ones for her. I love vintage springtime fabrics for them

  181. I cannot think of my grandmother without thinking about the fresh apron she wore every day. It came in handy for so many tasks. I wore and apron when I taught Pre-K through 1st grade. It was good to protect me from glue, glitter, paint, food and other assorted messes. Now that my niece is learning to cook, I can’t wait to make her a special apron of her own.

  182. We wore aprons when I helped my mother in the kitchen. They were made by my mother and grandmother and most of them had cross stitch designs on them.

  183. I wear and apron a lot when cooking but never thought to use it as a uniform to create (i.e. sew) Interesting thought.

  184. I love aprons!! I just finished one for my sister Aprons make me smile because they can be practical yet delightful!

  185. Ha! Just today I was trying to figure out a new ties apron from a Japanese pattern. The whole deal behind this sounds wonderful.

  186. I wear an apron in the kitchen all the time. I’ve been looking for an apron like this one.
    Love the idea of wearing it when crafting and creating.

  187. I love this apron pattern. I have my grandmothers full apron embroidered with Southern Beiies.She was 87 when she passed away in 1981. I have my mothers party/entertaining half aprons from 50-60’s. love pockets in aprons.

  188. I have been wearing aprons for many years. I love this style, no ties to tangle in the wash, just perfect.

  189. I love my apron! I started wearing aprons back in the 80’s when I ruined a favorite outfit I was waring when I decided to use comet on the sink you can imagine the rest. My mom wore aprons especially around the holidays and they were ones she made it was part of her outfit. I personally feel very comfortable in my apron that was made for me when I worked in a historical park Old Salem in Winston-Salem NC. I love the pattern you are showing it is an apron I would love to make thank you for sharing!

  190. I love my aprons and have 5 or 6 at least. One belonged to my wonderful mother. I have not decorated them, but I may start, especially my skeleton one.

  191. We were wearing aprons at Christmas. Wanted to,make one for the holidays but never got around to,it. Now I am glad I didnt. Think I,prefer this pattern. Thanks.

  192. Fond memories of all the aprons my mom always wore, one of my favorite memories was seeing her scoop up clothespins in it.

  193. What a fun post!! I made a lot of aprons for gifts a few years back, then started doing more quilting. My grandmother wore a starched apron (probably feedsack fabric). Her favorites were blue with a small floral print… and they were usually embellished with rick rack. I wish I had one! No idea what happened to them but it’s a fond memory!! Thank you for a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane!

  194. I wear my grandmother’s apron all the time. It is wearing out. I would love to win this pattern.

  195. Aprons were standard fare because women wore dresses and the apron protected their clothes. Women didn’t have huge wardrobes nor had the washing machines we enjoy today. Even as a child, there were play clothes so you could wear the school, church, etc clothes another day. Aprons were a necessity.

  196. I love this apron! I pinned a picture of a similar one recently and keep going back to look at it. I like the style and how it crosses over in the back. And what a great idea to embellish it slowly over time.

  197. An early apron memory is making aprons from gingham in Girl Scouts. My mom was a troop leader and was busy helping everyone else with their because she could help me at home. But when we got home, she was too tired to work on one more apron! I am sure I was the last to finish my two aprons (Christmas gifts for each of my grandmothers)!

  198. I remember making a blue and white check apron at my first school and loved wearing it when helping my mum to bake cakes.

  199. I really like the apron with its full coverage. The personalization makes it even more special!

  200. Love the apron design and I always enjoy seeing what Janet is upto. Her fabrics are always inspiring,- I have made two quilts with her designs

  201. Apron = Grandma …. Absolutely, her aprons were magical — full of her creativity whether it be bringing in vegetables from the garden or hiding a sweet kitten to play with… as a child of the 50s-60s who left aprons behind I know it is time for me to create my apron!!

  202. This is gorgeous Janet. Love all the personal creative touches and that your apron is a developing work of art.

  203. I love this apron pattern. My son gave me one for Christmas and I wore it all through the holidays while cooking, but found that it kept choking me. I like this pattern much better!

  204. Funny about aprons, I was making several chef type aprons to use when quilting. Our family reunion was coming up, I generally make quilt blocks for all the kids to color which I make into charity quilts. But I wasn’t feeling it this year. Suddenly, I decided to make aprons for everyone to marker, paint or glitter glue on. I ended up with 75.ranging in size from 2 to adult small. Used up most of my solid color stash and a lot of my serger thread but it sure was fun seeing all the cousins designing, creating, and making a mess. I’ve admired Janet’s apron at Market and always interested to see what new items she’s added.

  205. On the 23rd I will celebrate my 60th birthday. And 2 weeks after that my 13th anniversary at work. But best of all is I’ve been a quilter now for 12 years. I’ll also be a 17 year breast cancer survivor in April. Life is good

  206. I love that it has no ties. I have one of my mom’s aprons hanging in my sewing room. Lovely memories of a lovely woman.

  207. Ohhhhh I like the idea of using the apron as a type of uniform. The adding embellishments as you go along. Yep gonna have to steal this idea for sure.

  208. I have sweet memories of my grandmothers wearing aprons. Me not so much, until more recently. I plan to make some for my daughters from my husband’s shirts. This looks like it would be a good apron to make for my husband. .

  209. I remember when women wore their aprons all day long. I only wear one now when I am cooking. I like the idea of adding embellishments to an apron to make it more personalized.

  210. My Italian gramma always wore an apron…all of the time until she went to sleep. Her house was always buzzing with relatives waking up, going off to work, doing school work or chasing around little grandchildren or little cousins. She passed away two years ago, but the pictures I have of her in my mind are always with her housedress and apron on… and always smiling. She didn’t have much when she passed away…. a few pieces of costume jewelry, a couple of cast iron pans, and, yes, a few thread bare aprons. I asked for one (from my seven aunts and mom). Using my sewing skills, I fashioned it into a small stuffed pup from an old pattern I found somewhere. That pup now sits in a glass cabinet in my kitchen, looking over my work, smiling at me, and reminding me about my hardworking, always smiling, lovey Gramma Lena.

  211. I have a bright orange one that needs fixing but I just keep thinking I need to make a new one. The orange one is old, probably made by my mom and I love it. I would love to make this crossover one with no ties or buttons, that part of why my orange one is nice, it does tie, but it does have a top attached so if it doesn’t get tied it still stays on.

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