I used a pattern for this one. Kwik Sew 2191, which is suspiciously like (meaning having an identical shape to) Simplicity 7254, published in the 1970′s.
There’s a great deal of re-use in the pattern industry, it seems to me. You just reshoot the photos or re-draw the sketches and re-publish the pattern, maybe with different accompanying patterns, and hey presto – more revenue with little marginal cost.
I was reasonably faithful to the pattern, but added a zipped pocket to the top so my beloved can keep his mobile phone secure and close to his ears. That could be handy if I need to ask an urgent grocery question while I’m out shopping. We’ve often joked about having a webcam in the pantry to solve those urgent, ‘Can you just check if we have any cumin in the spice box?’ type questions.
Rather than making the ties, I am using braid so that he can do a double wrap and tie the apron around his middle.
Talking of middles, I added an inch to the centre of the apron and roughly 3/4 inch to each side. The apron, as designed, is skimpy and skimpy is the last thing a man needs in his workshop attire.
Now, let’s see if he wears it because it’s useful, or just to please me. I hope it turns out to be useful.
Update 1: My beloved reports it’s a winner! I’m happy about that.
Update 2: He has now lodged a feature request – he feels the zipper should covered with fabric so there is no risk of the zipper teeth scratching a finely polished item of furniture that the wearer might be lifting. I’ll make that change next time I make a workshop apron.