Friday, November 8, 2013

Japanese aprons ...

My must-have of the moment is the Japanese apron.  Blame it on blogging.  One of my favorite blogging artisans is ceramicist Rae Dunn, who happens to have the coolest personal style.  Love her work and her studio attire that almost always includes a fun, funky apron she has made.

 

Photos above via RaeDunn.com 

When working in my studio, an apron is a necessity. I'm truly a mess when the creativity flows. But, I can't tolerate anything hanging around my neck. So, that generally eliminates purchased aprons.

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Then, I discovered the cross-back style of Japanese aprons. Viola! My neck is saved and a totally viable apron is mine for the making.

 

After a little research on the internet, I found a great pattern, tutorial and video. It took some investment in time to print out the pattern sections and piece them together, but once that was done, it only took an hour or so to make the apron.


 

Clothing designer and friend Kathleen Sommers is hosting a pop-up designer fabric outlet to sell her enormous stockpile of remnant fabrics, and I selected yards of great linens for my apron project.

Japanese apron by Alamodeus

Here's the first Japanese apron I made from a slate gray linen and added a must-have pocket.

Japanese apron by Alamodeus

I'm happy with the results and plan to make several more. By the way, all the wine bottles you see in my studio are for another project underway ... upcycling bottles into glassware for the holidays.









12 comments:

Gill said...

I love your apron - thanks for the link, I'm off to get the pattern!
I also like the apron with the rounded neckline and buttons, do you have a link for this one??

Alamodeus said...

Thanks! I'm glad so many people share my love for these aprons. It's should be fairly easy to alter the pattern from square to round neck. But, I don't have a rounded neckline pattern link.

Laura said...

I love your aprons! On line looking to purchase an apron with the style and flair that you have shown. Can you forward link for pattern?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if you cut out the apron sides separate from the apron front or did you cut as one piece? From your picture I can't tell that there are side seams...
Your apron turned out really nice!
Thanks for sharing!

patina21 said...

Hello, I would love to have the pattern for this. Where can I get one? mona.edwards@gmail.com

patina21 said...

Hello, where can I get the pattern for the apron?

Alamodeus said...

Here is the Japanese apron pattern link (with video tutorial) I mentioned in the blog post: http://www.japanesesewingbooks.com/2013/01/29/free-pattern-tutorial-and-sewing-video-cross-back-apron-for-adult-and-kids/

Anonymous said...

Made one for my daughter and she loved it. I added a pocket with a black bias trim. Plan to make a few more. Thank you for sharing the pattern and the very easy to follow instructional viedo.

Carlin said...

Beautiful aprons. Can you tell me which one you made from the pattern? It's hard to tell. I'm looking to make one like the light gray option you have above. It looks like a beautiful linen, do you have a recommendation on a specific linen you love? Thank you so much.

Alamodeus said...

I made the light gray apron shown in the photo from the pattern link provided. I love linen, too! No specific preferences though.

Carlin said...

Love it, thanks!

Debora McFearin said...

These are so comfortable looking thank you!

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