They make me look pregnant. Which I am not. Nor do I want to be.
But but but, I also noticed that the fashion extends to dungaree dresses. Now you're talking! Except, all I could find in my short and slightly scared foray into the high street stores were dresses so short that looking pregnant would be the least of my worries.
I gave up and came home.
Then... whilst perusing the delights of instagram, I came upon a series of posts by Mrs Fairy Steps aka Ren. She was making herself what she described as a pinapron, based on the shape of her favourite kitchen apron. This was the light bulb moment. I took her brief but excellent instructions, both my kitchen aprons and a box of pins and started playing in front of the mirror.
Now I am not especially fond of the shape of either of my aprons but they were a start. After all, an apron and dungarees have a lot in common... I made a paper pattern and then dived in with a metre of ikea's best £3 per meter cotton.
Yup, you read right. Just one metre of material to make a frock for a not so skinny me. Plus an off-cut of something else for the facings.
I decided against the pocket on the bib and went for dungaree style patch pockets instead.
The one metre thing only works if your fabric doesn't have a way up (or I suppose if you don't mind having the back upside down).
I totally love it! The only problem is I keep wanting to wipe my hands on it because, you know, it's quite like an apron...
In fact, I love it so much
I made another one. Out of a piece of upholstery material from my stash. It had no label but I think it is silk. I washed it and tumble dried it first to shrink it and soften it. It is a very dense weave, so has something of denim about it, but the reverse is smooth and gorgeous. I made all the facings from the same stuff but wrong side out. I also made it a bit longer to wear with tights in the winter rather than jeans or leggings.
I have to confess that I have been eyeing up my stash for other possibilities... Just one little metre!