I have a pretty specific style. Oh, sometimes it changes depending on my mood, from Santa Fe diva to vintage rodeo queen, but I typically wear a mid to long skirt, top, and apron. I have six Mennonite aprons that are my absolute favorite. I have worn them nearly every day for so many years, I cannot believe how nice they still are.
When I first starting writing this blog, a fellow blogger and I decided to make each other aprons and send them to each other. It was a fun experiment and the one she sent me was from a pattern her Amish neighbor gave her. Her neighbor then made me five more a few years later. I adore their pinafore style and roomy pockets. I still have a shy six year old hiding under my apron when we meet people. I use my apron to wipe my hands on, carry in fresh produce, bring in eggs, and any number of other household tasks. I get more compliments when I venture out in my flowy skirt and apron- most of the comments coming from young people. I am bringing the apron back!
My skirts are so worn that any day now they may just disintegrate off my hips while I am working in the garden. Broomstick skirts and the like run $30-$100. I would love some nice A line skirts. I made a lovely, yellow print, long skirt before. The elastic was a little weird, and I had to wear a shirt covering the top of the skirt at all times, but who cares? I made it and wore it until it tore on a fence. I really ought to get out my old Viking sewing machine and stitch some things together. I am no sewing expert- my patience and lack of perfection just make everything “good enough.” But who cares? The chickens sure don’t!
I have many aprons. Some were precious gifts from friends. Others belonged to my dear friend’s grandmother (both have passed away) and are close to a hundred years old. I sewed quite a few myself. But those Mennonite aprons, they are my favorite. My blogger friend recently sent me the pattern to that apron. Intimidating for sure! But I can do it! Right?
Learning to sew is a wonderful homestead skill.
- You save money on clothes.
- You get exactly what you want.
- You help save the earth from cheap China clothes overload.
- Mending brings new life to clothes.
Sewing also leads to quilting, making cloth napkins, dresses for the chickens…
Anyways, get yourself a sewing machine and a sewing kit and start on your creative journey! Homesteading is incredibly satisfying, especially when you can create so much beauty. We had a little fun with camera yesterday at my daughter’s house. Here are a few pictures and a few other blogs I wrote over the years about this subject!