Here we have a couple of simple half-aprons, with gathered skirts, woven in plain weave. To accommodate loom width, the apron is woven sideways, with top and bottom on the selvedges. The warp for the bottom side of the apron is solid charcoal gray, and the remainder of the warp has narrow 4 and 4-thread stripes in charcoal and natural coloured cotton.
Here is an image of the layout and cutting diagram. This then, fits a loom that is more than 28 inches wide. For an even narrower loom, this could be woven in 23 inches to accommodate the skirt, and the waistband and ties could be woven lengthwise after the skirt.
Once off the loom, the fabric was turned sideways, and the side hems on the skirt were sewn and pressed. The waist band was cut to 25 inches long and the checked edge of the apron skirt gathered to fit the waist band. Then the ties were stitched lengthwise to form a tube, turned right side out and attached to the ends of the waistband with right sides together. The top of the waist band was folded down to cover all the raw edges, and stitched down, and there it is!
The fun of creating a more “neutral” warp is that any colour can be added in the weft. The weft is woven in narrow 4 and 4-thread repeats resulting in gingham check for the top of the apron, and creating a bottom border in stripes. For one apron I used a turquoise and white 4 and 4 pick pattern to make the gingham check. In the second apron I used lilac and charcoal for a more muted gingham. Below is a close-up of the fabric samples.
These aprons remind me of growing up in the 50s and 60s, and my mother, who always wore an apron in the home as she went about her days. Food preparation from fresh ingredients always took a little longer, and was always served at the table. The apron came off and was hung on the hook beside the refrigerator as we sat down to dinner. The television was turned off and the phone went unanswered as we ate the meal and talked of our respective days. The focus was on good food and family ties.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.