Today for I Love to Create it is all about Apron-ology. I subscribe to several different trend spotting newsletters and one recently popped into my inbox chatting about the resurgence of aprons as a fashion accessory rather than the utilitarian smock we typically think of. Trend Central says: From cook-offs and farmers markets to The Food Network and foodie blogs, all things culinary are cool at the moment, with the latest entry being kitchen fashion: One of our trend reporters recently picked up on a new hipster movement of aprons being worn over dresses. American Apparel strikes again, now selling solid-colored ones, while those of the more retro variety can be picked up at stores like Anthropologie or vintage boutiques. Or you could just make your own like I did.
Summer 2008 I was crafting up a storm in the Duncan booth at CHA. The Liquid Fusion was flowing at my work station where we made pins out of vintage Crafty Curios. That being the case I decided to whip myself up an apron for the event. There I am deciding where to place my pocket at local Austin crafting store Craft-o-Rama where I crafted my Naughty Secretary apron using the Casual Friday Necklace from my book The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry. When my apron was all done I packed er’ up in my suitcase and headed for Chicago.
Here I am posing with some crafty friends like Sonya Nimiri, Margot Potter, Traci Bautista, my sister Hope Perkins and the Crafty Chica herself Kathy Cano Murillo. All of us in the Duncan booth had custom aprons. Some were sewn, others embellished and a few were hand painted – all were adorable. So adorable in fact they made the pages of Apron-ology Magazine! Sommerset Studios has a whole new magazine out devoted to aprons!
My Naughty Secretary Apron made the cut and can be seen on pages 118-119 complete with how-to instructions. The entire magazine is crammed with cuteness. There are several how-to projects, tons of pictures and oodles of inspiring ideas. Some of my favorite ideas and projects include the free form crochet apron which reminds me of our post: Not Your Grandmothers Doilies. There are several aprons made from vintage hankies that are especially sweet. I have a soft spot for Barkcloth so the Barkcloth Beauties caught my eye. Here Comes the Bride is a hilarious way to reuse an old wedding or prom dress. My collection of vintage men’s neckties could go to good use whipping up the Tie One on Apron. A few of my partners in crime at the Duncan booth were also featured in Apron-ology. Look for Kathy Cano-Murillo’s Crafty Chica Stress Buster Apron and Traci Bautista’s Apron Unleashed.
As an added bonus there is also a review of my book in Apron-ology – check it out!
So it looks like those trend spotters hit the nail on the head again. Several of these aprons I would wear out on the town and not just around my kitchen. What do you think about the apron trend? Do you have any favorites that you might venture out of the house and into club wearing?