Aprons for the help*

Sweet little visiting help-ers, that is.

I have long had a hankering to reproduce a certain beloved-to-tatters children’s apron dating from the 1930′s. So simple… the pattern is only one piece and the style very similar to my own mobius apron.

Only problem was, I couldn’t decide whether to make a sturdy bright little boy version or a rosebud-studded girly one. Well, I did the only sensible thing and created one of each. After all, one never knows who might come a’visitin’ and decide to help out in the kitchen. I believe it’s best to be prepared for all eventualities, yes indeed-y.

I pulled out all of my saved bits and pieces… vintage fabrics, buttons salvaged decades ago by an elderly friend, even precious all-cotton bias trim. I squeezed one last image from some bedraggled embroidery transfers and used the last drops of my Nana’s brushable dye. What fun I had making these little things: hand-worked buttonholes, and all that marvelous bias trim to finish with teensy-tiny stitches… do I know how to have a good time or what?!

Now Mrs. Mordecai, if you ever do decide to pay me that call, please feel free to bring along Red Chief. I’ve got him covered. Get it? I’ve got him covered….

hehehe, sometimes I just crack myself up.

*originally posted on August 15, 2008

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13 Responses to Aprons for the help*

  1. 1
    Cheryl (Copper's Wife) says:

    Too cute!! I should make up a few similar "helper" aprons for when my grandbabies come calling.

    I love the apron from Simplicity 5201, too. LOVE that it covers all of rather-large me and that it doesn't tug on the back of my neck. Plenty comfy to wear all day.

  2. 2
    Mrs. Mordecai says:

    Ha, ha. Seriously, though, I love it when people we're visiting provide coverage for Red Chief at mealtimes. Makes life much easier.

    Although these aprons are far cuter than any of his clothes; I'd probably make him take it off before mealtime! ;)

  3. 3
    Rachel says:

    Oh, Diane, those are LOVELY!! And so precious!

    Seriously, you could sell those on Etsy and make some money (well, maybe not *those*, but ones similar). And be at home. And doing something you enjoy (creating one of a kind, handmade by loving hands, linens and such for the discriminating, retro mama!).

    Shoot, they'd be the kinds of things I'd look at, OOO and AHHH over, and not have the money to buy because the folks who make them put larger price tags on them than my budget can bear!

    Beautiful work, honey!

  4. 4
    Lisateresa says:

    You apply your bias binding so neatly – I assume you use a machine foot for that purpose? I have to get acquainted with mine!

  5. 5
    Mrs. Anna T says:

    Diane, these aprons are just adorable. When Shira grows up a bit I want to sew some for her!

  6. 6
    Diane says:

    cheryl… i am feeling the urge to make up a few more of these myself!

    mrs m… hehehe, and there's one there for your little miss as well! (see how forward thinking i am;))

    rachel.. actually i am hoping to start selling some of the things i make. i need to work out some kinks yet though.

    lisateresa… oooh, thanks for the compliment! and no, i don't use a special machine foot to apply. i open up the strips, sew them on to the right side, then turn them back and finish with a slip stitch on the inside. this is the technique that i have seen on my favorite old aprons, and i love the neat finish… it's very time consuming though, at least for slow poke me;)

    anna… let me know if you'd like me to send you a pattern. i'd be so happy to share it with you:)

  7. 7
    Sabine says:

    Diane, those are so sweet! Can you believe, I've been planning how to scale down the moebius apron to fit my granddaughter.

  8. 8
    Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage says:

    Hi, Diane! Oh i've missed so many posts but i'm glad to be back!

    I love these little aprons! So cute! ♥

  9. 9
    Diane says:

    really sabine! well, this is almost a perfect miniature;)

    holly girl, you have been sorely missed!

  10. 10
    Ginger Tea says:

    ??? I think I know of a little boy and a little girl whose mommy would gladly purchase these aprons, or similar ones. Did you get my last email, which I sent some time ago, but was a considerable time after you sent yours. We really should get together on this! ;)

  11. 11
    Diane says:

    ginger tea… well actually these are the very aprons i was thinking of making up for your little angels:) the embroidery takes forever, so i was thinking of leaving that off, or maybe doing an iron-on with a motif from a patterned fabric on the reverse… maybe the one i mentioned with kittens? i'll email you, i promise and i apologize for taking so long!

  12. 12
    Ginger T says:

    No, please don't go through the trouble of embroidery!! Iron-ons would be just fine! Or just a floral fabric for the girl one would be okay. A plain ol' tie in the back apron would be okay too. I'm not looking for fancy! You are so talented! I helped Abby make an apron once. Loved spending time with her, but it was a major experience in frustration.

  13. 13
    Diane says:

    Ginger.. i'll email ya hon!:)

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Aprons for the help

Sweet little visiting help-ers, that is.

I have long had a hankering to reproduce a certain beloved-to-tatters children’s apron dating from the 1930′s. So simple… the pattern is only one piece and the style very similar to my own mobius apron.

Only problem was, I couldn’t decide whether to make a sturdy bright little boy version or a rosebud-studded girly one. Well, I did the only sensible thing and created one of each. After all, one never knows who might come a’visitin’ and decide to help out in the kitchen. I believe it’s best to be prepared for all eventualities, yes indeed-y.

I pulled out all of my saved bits and pieces… vintage fabrics, buttons salvaged decades ago by an elderly friend, even precious all-cotton bias trim. I squeezed one last image from some bedraggled embroidery transfers and used the last drops of my Nana’s brushable dye. What fun I had making these little things: hand-worked buttonholes, and all that marvelous bias trim to finish with teensy-tiny stitches… do I know how to have a good time or what?!

Now Mrs. Mordecai, if you ever do decide to pay me that call, please feel free to bring along Red Chief. I’ve got him covered. Get it? I’ve got him covered….

hehehe, sometimes I just crack myself up.

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  1. 14
    Cheryl (Copper's Wife) says:

    Too cute!! I should make up a few similar "helper" aprons for when my grandbabies come calling.

    I love the apron from Simplicity 5201, too. LOVE that it covers all of rather-large me and that it doesn't tug on the back of my neck. Plenty comfy to wear all day.

  2. 15
    Mrs. Mordecai says:

    Ha, ha. Seriously, though, I love it when people we're visiting provide coverage for Red Chief at mealtimes. Makes life much easier.

    Although these aprons are far cuter than any of his clothes; I'd probably make him take it off before mealtime! ;)

  3. 16
    Rachel says:

    Oh, Diane, those are LOVELY!! And so precious!

    Seriously, you could sell those on Etsy and make some money (well, maybe not *those*, but ones similar). And be at home. And doing something you enjoy (creating one of a kind, handmade by loving hands, linens and such for the discriminating, retro mama!).

    Shoot, they'd be the kinds of things I'd look at, OOO and AHHH over, and not have the money to buy because the folks who make them put larger price tags on them than my budget can bear!

    Beautiful work, honey!

  4. 17
    Lisateresa says:

    You apply your bias binding so neatly – I assume you use a machine foot for that purpose? I have to get acquainted with mine!

  5. 18
    Mrs. Anna T says:

    Diane, these aprons are just adorable. When Shira grows up a bit I want to sew some for her!

  6. 19
    Diane says:

    cheryl… i am feeling the urge to make up a few more of these myself!

    mrs m… hehehe, and there's one there for your little miss as well! (see how forward thinking i am;))

    rachel.. actually i am hoping to start selling some of the things i make. i need to work out some kinks yet though.

    lisateresa… oooh, thanks for the compliment! and no, i don't use a special machine foot to apply. i open up the strips, sew them on to the right side, then turn them back and finish with a slip stitch on the inside. this is the technique that i have seen on my favorite old aprons, and i love the neat finish… it's very time consuming though, at least for slow poke me;)

    anna… let me know if you'd like me to send you a pattern. i'd be so happy to share it with you:)

  7. 20
    Sabine says:

    Diane, those are so sweet! Can you believe, I've been planning how to scale down the moebius apron to fit my granddaughter.

  8. 21
    Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage says:

    Hi, Diane! Oh i've missed so many posts but i'm glad to be back!

    I love these little aprons! So cute! ♥

  9. 22
    Diane says:

    really sabine! well, this is almost a perfect miniature;)

    holly girl, you have been sorely missed!

  10. 23
    Ginger Tea says:

    ??? I think I know of a little boy and a little girl whose mommy would gladly purchase these aprons, or similar ones. Did you get my last email, which I sent some time ago, but was a considerable time after you sent yours. We really should get together on this! ;)

  11. 24
    Diane says:

    ginger tea… well actually these are the very aprons i was thinking of making up for your little angels:) the embroidery takes forever, so i was thinking of leaving that off, or maybe doing an iron-on with a motif from a patterned fabric on the reverse… maybe the one i mentioned with kittens? i'll email you, i promise and i apologize for taking so long!

  12. 25
    Ginger T says:

    No, please don't go through the trouble of embroidery!! Iron-ons would be just fine! Or just a floral fabric for the girl one would be okay. A plain ol' tie in the back apron would be okay too. I'm not looking for fancy! You are so talented! I helped Abby make an apron once. Loved spending time with her, but it was a major experience in frustration.

  13. 26
    Diane says:

    Ginger.. i'll email ya hon!:)

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