Monday, 29 April 2013

An Apron for every Season

The blog returns!  Apologies for the long silence.  To mark the occasion, four aprons, one for each season of the year.  Flowered and ruffled to perfection.

Spring


 
Summer


Autumn


Winter


A really big thank you to Lori for making these for me.

32 comments:

Cinders said...

Welcome back! I know you've been unwell, hope you're feeling better at last.

I really love the flowery frilly look of these pinnies, and I'm pleased that they're a decent size. Very practical.

It's nice to see full pics of you wearing proper aprons at long last. I only hope you'll change your avatar now. Well done!

Cinders said...

And I should have said how much they suit you. I mean it, they really do.

Stephen said...

Thanks Cinders! I must say that they're really lovely, not done any justice in the photos.

Yes I'll sort out the avatar in the sidebar as soon as I can remember how!

Cinders said...

Oh yes, I like your wraparound pinny! Just like my Nan wore. That floral print is so much nicer than the drab green you used to wear, believe me.

Kathleen said...

Stephen, I'm really pleased you're back, it's been a very long silence. I hope you won't just disappear again!

They are really beautiful aprons and I love all the colour. Despite the frills and all the flowers they don't look too feminine, just very cheerful. If I had to pick one for myself I'd probably take the autumn one, but it'd be a difficult decision, and I'd be dreadfully tempted by the spring design too.

Lori put a lot of work into making those and I congratulate her.

Stephen said...

Thanks Kathleen, I'll pass on your comments to Lori.

Sarah Conner said...

As practical as the pinny in your new avatar picture is (and it looks a very suitable floral fabric) I really really love these aprons! If I had to pick just one, I think I'd go for the summer one, it's just so bright and cheerful. All that yellow really does capture summer sunshine.

As one of the first to encourage you to wear a proper apron, I must say that these are about as good as you'll come across. The high bibs and wide ruffles really look good.

Lori put a lot of thought into these as well as hard work, and yes she's to be congratulated. As are you, finally coming out as a proper 'housewife', it's about time.

I'd still like to see the beard go, and your hair tied back (or up under a scarf perhaps) but that will come in time no doubt. I'm hoping we'll see more pictures too, if only to add some views from behind as I'd like to see exactly how those aprons are made.

Stephen said...

Thanks Sarah, I'll try and get a rear shot for you when I can. Yes, they're lovely aprons, I couldn't be more pleased with them.

Catherine said...

Stephen, these aprons are just about perfect! I really love all the ruffles!!

Since earlier commenters pick a favourite I'll say I'd probably go for spring.

They look just right on you, you're properly domesticated now I think. So I hope they'll be in daily use, not just for 'special'.

I hope your blog continues, you've been missed. And congratulations on a lovely set of pinnies and for modelling them for us. Your domesticity is nice to see.

Stephen said...

Thanks Catherine. Yes, these are in regular use and Lori has made some others too; same style but in plainer material.

Cinders said...

Pleased you've changed your picture in the sidebar. The white apron looks very smart I must say. I was hoping we'd get a better view of the floral pinny you're showing with your comments though.

Stephen said...

I haven't quite decided which picture to use yet, Cinders. I'll try and get a nicer one at some point.

monix said...

It's good to see you back, Stephen.
I've recently become an apron-maker but mine are not so decorative as yours. I shall have to try harder now.

Stephen said...

Thanks Maureen, it's nice to be back. I commissioned these aprons from Lori and asked only that they had a seasonal theme and that they should be colourful. I couldn't be more pleased with the end result.

I do wonder if I should think about getting my own sewing machine out at some point, but I've not got that good an eye for fabrics that work well together.

Janet said...

Glad you're back, Stephen. Congratulations definitely due to Kathleen for her campaign to get you in a pinny, and the end result is most satisfying.

I think the white pinny in the sidebar looks really good too, how about us getting a better view?

Stephen said...

Thanks Janet, I'll put it up as a separate post.

Janet said...

Thanks for that. Realise I should have picked a favourite here, and I'd definitely go for the winter apron. But the spring apron is the one you look best in here, all those flowers really suit you!

JeanG said...

Yes, agree with all the earlier comments about these lovely and very practical aprons. Janet's right, the spring apron is the one that suits you best, it's really pretty and you look sweet in it.

If I had to choose one for myself, I'd definitely go for the autumn design.

Stephen said...

Thanks Jean, I'll take that as a compliment.

Janet said...

I'm curious. Are you planning to wear these in the appropriate season?

Stephen said...

That was my original intention, but now they're here I just wear whichever one matches my mood.

If I have a favourite, it is the spring one, I have to admit.

Yvonne said...

I'm glad you're back in the blogosphere Stephen.

Congratulations on four lovely pinnies, all those flowers and frills just look amazing, really nice to see. Winter and spring would be my two choices I think, and yes I agree with some of the earlier comments that the spring one suits you best.

Sarah is right though, the beard just looks wrong. And you most definitely need to tie your hair up. Then you'll really look the part.

Steffi said...

Kathleen's done a good job on you Stephen and I congratulate her. I hope you'll take the negative comments about your hair to heart now.

I love the autumn pinny.

Stephen said...

Yvonne, Steffi, thanks for your comments.

Anonymous said...

Stephen, I've visited this blog from time to time but never commented before. It's nice to see you back.

What really prompted my comment was noticing that you've not yet had a man comment on this post so it feels like my opportunity!

The aprons are really striking and I'm very impressed to find someone who looks at ease in what are such lavishly decorated garments. I suspect it's the sheer size of them that makes them look so practical.

The seasonal theme is really interesting, with only the autumn apron having a literal interpretation. But it's the tone palettes that really express the changing face of nature. Soft pastel shades for spring, bright summer colours, muted autumnal colours and the dark wintery shades are all judged to perfection. And having downloaded the pictures and seen them enlarged, I love all the detail, and the frequent 'v' motif on the bibs and pockets. It's all very impressive.

To be honest, I doubt I'd be able to wear any of these because I'd struggle with all those flowers and my sense of maleness. So I'd have to pick the autumn apron as the one I'd choose. But I'm not surprised so many people like the spring design, it seems the most perfectly judged balance of fabrics of the four.

Can you give me any further information on the person who made these for you? If I'm reluctant to get anything floral I'm still drawn by the ruffles - in fact the white version you wear (which I presume comes from the same person) would suit me quite well I think. I'll email you in case you don't want to put contact details up here.

So well done for getting such a wonderful set of aprons, and for sharing them here.

Best wishes,
William

Stephen said...

William, thanks for taking the time to comment and for your considered appraisal. I hope we'll see you again!

You're right in assuming that Lori also made the plain white apron which was the first one I bought from her. She sells those on eBay and they are listed here. She does other plain colours as well.

Thanks for the email, I'm about to send a reply.

Stephen said...

Sarah, if you follow the link to Lori's eBay listing you'll see exactly how these aprons are patterned at the back much better than I can manage to photograph.

Sarah Conner said...

Stephen, thanks for that link, they do look very nicely made and I'm quite impressed. Maybe I'll even be tempted, I could go for the pink.

Anonymous said...

Stephen, thanks for the link and the very helpful email, I hadn't thought about the customs charges to be honest.

Far prefer the white to the colours, but the natural unbleached finish may be the one I go for. All the sizing information in the listing is very helpful too.

William

Patrick Lenane said...

I may be late to the party but I really have to say how much I love your aprons. I'd be tempted by any of the four for myself, particularly the spring one which is absolutely wonderful.

Stephen said...

Thanks Patrick, yes there are some lovely aprons being made these days. Treat yourself!

Kathleen said...

I'm very happy to say that Stephen is over here for a while so I've now seen these aprons for real. Let's just say that the photos do them no justice, they are really bright and colourful and I'm actually somewhat envious.

I'm also pleased to report that Stephen is currently clean-shaven and looking much smarter as a consequence. My sister-in-law Niamh (a retired domestic science teacher) is giving Stephen some intensive tuition while he's here.