My Mom had this long sleeved apron that she had gotten on one of her trips to Japan. It was a simple style – open in the back with a button at the neck and a tie at the waist, two sets of two pockets in the front, and long puffy sleeves with elastics at the wrist. Kind of like a painter’s smock. It looked sort of like this one without the gathering at the neck, and not quite as puffy…
Almost every time I visited her, she was wearing that apron. She wore it all the time. And each time I saw her in it, I thought that a long sleeved apron would be a good addition to my shop.
Of course, I never got around to actually making it an addition to my shop.
That is, until last month when my Mom asked if I would make her a new one for her birthday present since her’s was getting so worn. “Of course!”, I said. “Now I will know that I am giving you something you want!” I have to admit, though, that as I was agreeing to make it, I was also wondering if the apron would turn out alright. But, she gave me the original to use while making the pattern, and I have to say it turned out pretty nicely.
I used Joel Dewberry’s Atrium Cumulus in Mint, which you can still find at Hawthorne Thread’s as of this posting. I loved this fabric the first time I saw it with its big fluffy clouds and little yellow birds. I had purchased it originally for one of my Cobbler aprons, but I never cut into it because I thought it was destined for something better 🙂 When I started to draft the Painter’s smock pattern, I knew that I would be using this fabric for it. I have since used it for my Sailor’s Top, too, and I might still make a Cobbler apron from it as well.
Instead of using a button at the neck, I used bias tape as ties, which also made finishing the neck edge a snap. It is difficult to see the two sets of pockets since I constructed everything out of the same fabric. After I finished with my Mom’s version, I was pretty sure I wanted to add this style to my product line, but I wasn’t sure about what fabrics I wanted to use. I decided to start with linen as the main fabric and use a contrasting cotton for the small pockets and bias tape. I think it gives the apron a fresh take on the traditional Painter’s smock.