I have some specific ideas on aprons.
1) provide good coverage.
2) Have pockets!
3) cover my skirt at least to the knees
4) make me feel good about wearing them.
I have many apron patterns. One thing I notice about many simple bib patterns is the lack of front coverage. As one of my friends once said, I need them to cover my girls. When I make a bib apron I always make the bib bigger than the pattern, just because my friend reminded me that splatters hit all over, not just the 1 spot the pattern designers thought of.
An apron with out a pocket, preferably 2, is just useless to me. As I rush around my home, and I generally go a a fast pace every where, I need to have an extra hand, even if it is just to carry my chain... I mean cell phone with me. As I flutter through the house I pick up bits and bobs that belong elsewhere. Some times I need more hands than I have to cart them where they belong. Plus there are the inevitable stops and starts on the journey.
I dislike the new mod short aprons. I wear mine in the yard as well as in the house and I like to have my knees covered too. No sense ruining a skirt with grass stained knees. When I make an apron I make it a bit long, so I have solid knee coverage.
Now this last item is really important to me. I am short and fluffy. In general things marketed to my size range are... well ugly. I mean I have yet to find a denim skirt I would feel pretty wearing. I stick with basic tank tops and tees because I can not find blouses. However I can control anything I make! There for I declare that just because I am a sahw does not mean I must dress in sweats and dull drab things. I can make aprons to brighten my day and make me feel pretty. My apron is my sign that I am on duty, cooking and cleaning seem to be easier when my apron is on. I KNOW that is just in my head but still it works that way for me.
My friend Miss Maggie says "Aprons are the lingerie you wear on the outside. " I love that idea. So when I look for fabrics, and I gather them from all over, I go for the pretty patterns and colors. No browns, grays or dark dull colors for me. I want reds and blues, maybe even a pink or 2. And I SHALL wear purple! Even though I have no red hat to go with it yet...
Different aprons in me produce different moods too. A simple cleaning apron is different to me than my favorite LHOP apron.
My favorite style is the LHOP apron. Here is the one I have made:
It is too long and needs some tweaking but I LOVE it and plan to make many more!
I was able to enlarge the pattern just a bit and make it good for my short fluffy self.
What is your favorite style of apron?