Although I always wear an apron while cooking, I have seldom worn one at the workbench, until now. I had tried wearing work aprons, but they weighed heavily on my neck after a couple hours, and the pockets just filled with chips and shavings. My work clothes, however, have been showing some obvious wear from my woodwork, so I decided to make myself a shop apron.
Yes, I can use a sewing machine. (I let my wife use my workbench, and she lets me use her sewing machine. It’s a felicitous arrangement.)
After looking at various apron designs in catalogs and online, I quickly settled on some design preferences:
- Cris-crossed straps in the back. This strap design is used by several apron makers, as it keeps the weight of the apron hanging on the shoulders rather than on the neck.
- Shorter and higher than the average kitchen apron. At the workbench, I don’t need to protect my knees from sawdust, but I do like most of my shirt covered.
- Only a small breast pocket for a pen, pencil, and small tool like a square. It’s an apron, not a tool belt.
My wife had some suitably heavy fabric on hand, so I used a kitchen apron to lay out some of the shape, modifying the lines where necessary.
Despite a few mistakes and some creative corrections, I’m happy with the results.
The bottom half of the apron is double-thickness for durability. The apron is pretty easy to get on and off, as the straps are continuous. From the X in the back, they pass through large button holes in the sides and then tie in the back.
Maybe now I’ll quit putting holes in the bellies of all my work shirts.