Aprons can be quite fashionable. They don't have to be heavily gathered like they used to be . Now they are slim and make it easy to work in the kitchen. Here are two that I've made recently.
I sewed this one up for a customer who gave it to Jane. She is my model in these pictures. She doesn't like aprons that go around her neck and this worked perfectly for her. The pattern is from a book called "More Retro Aprons" by Cindy Taylor Oates. I really like the designs that she has.
The ruffles are a nice addition to this apron.
I also make hot pads to go with it. I must have deleted the picture that really shows the topside of the hot pads, but you can see it peeking through in back of the backside.
This is an apron that is a Rebecca Ruth design. You can check out her website here.
This particular apron is the "Vivian" pattern.
I used Western Washington shop hop fabric for this. There was a sample one at Ruby Street Quiltworks. I liked it so much that I had to copy it.
This pattern has large hidden pockets. I really like the addition of the ric-rac also.
I sewed up a potholder that was the Ruby Street square for the shop hop. It's almost too nice to really use.