One project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims, and notions. That's the fun behind our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series. Today's great-for-guys apron features clean and simple lines with just a few subtle details, like bold topstitching and a jumbo pocket panel. We combined a striking geometric print in a crisp linen, from the World Tour collection by David Butler's Parson Gray brand for FreeSpirit Fabrics, with a classic heavyweight canvas. It's an urban, industrial kind of vibe that works indoors or out.
Our original design had a fun summer style with nautical stripes running in two different directions. The new apron's more neutral tones upscale the overall mood while retaining the rustic touches of a metal grommet closure for the neck loop and heavy topstitching accents.
Our awesome model is an actual chef, and he gave the apron's comfort and coverage a five-star review.
We used the feature print from the apron for a matching hot mitt, adding a coordinating cotton lining and thermal batting between the layers. The linen was beautiful to work with for this quilted element.
The entire set would make a great gift for any of your favorite cooks – whether gourmet foodies or good ol' grillers.
In fact, there's no rule stating this must be a guy's apron! Our cutting measurements are based on someone about 6' tall, our model is a few inches over. With a slight adjustment to the overall length, you could easily downsize the pattern. As with any alterations, it's best to remove proportionate amounts from all pattern elements. In this case it would mean proportionately reducing the length of the apron bid, apron skirt, and perhaps even the pocket, depending on how short you go. Specific starting measurements can be found in the original tutorial's instructions.
If you've explored our Project Index lately, you know there are hundreds of Sew4Home articles and projects you may have missed the first time out or have let slip from your memory. Pull one up and give it your own Re-imagine & Renovate spin.
To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Cook's Full Lenth Cook's Apron & Hot Mitt, go to the original tutorial:
The construction is fast and easy. We followed the same steps as in the original tutorial, making changes only in how the fabric was applied.
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