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Date: 5/22/13 9:02 PM

So my mother in law has convinced me to sew aprons to sell in her shop. Here is where things get bad. I have a taste for the off beat and fun and the anti-girlie. I have no idea what sort of fabric to use for aprons for other people. I mean like prints, patterns, and colors. To prove to you how "different" I am the first apron I make is gonna be made with Avengers fabric. Please help....I have no clue what I'm doing.

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Date: 5/23/13 1:24 AM

All of my friends like vintage-style aprons - think cotton small prints like old flour sacks, or white batiste with colorful embroidery accents. That might not fit with your MIL's shop though. Quirky aprons might sell better, and you shouldn't ignore your own muse too much.

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Date: 5/23/13 9:01 AM

You might want to ask your MIL what her vision is, but consider aprons for BBQ, and men, as they can be more off beat and fun.;)

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Date: 5/23/13 9:41 AM

My Mother ALWAYS wore a (half) apron. Of course, she wore housedresses everyday as well.
Probably because of that connection, I really like aprons too,
I just don't like that strap around my neck, I find it uncomfortable and annoying. I have found aprons that don't have the strap, that have more of a top (if that makes any sense). Unfortunately those seem to make me look big as a house.

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Date: 5/23/13 11:11 AM

If you are going to make bib aprons, please, please, please make some for busty women.

I work in a commercial bakery 1 day a week and the aprons only cover on of the girls.

Nothing wrong with making some edgy aprons. Make a few and see how they sell. There are lots of girly, vintage etc aprons around.

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Date: 5/23/13 11:26 AM

I make a lot of them for my daughter and use Home Dec fabric. You can make one with the strap with about a yard and an eighth unless there is some strange design, then it will be more.

My daughter who doesn't share my taste in things at all, really loves them out of Home Dec, and they last longer than quilting cotton. You will have to fuse interfacing to the straps and the little rectangle piece at the top where you attach the straps.

Don't get the D rings from Walmart's; they are too heavy. I use a Kwik-Sew pattern.

I always match the design on the pocket with the body and this for some reason amazes my SIL.

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Date: 5/23/13 11:30 AM

More people might go for quirky than you would think. Just be sure the fabric you use to make them is beefy enough to actually protect the clothes underneath.

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Date: 5/23/13 11:36 AM

I was planning on a mix of half aprons and bib aprons (yes for the busty). My MIL's shop is kind of beachy. She does art work using shells and sea glass and a bunch of other stuff. So should I do beachy prints too?

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Date: 5/23/13 12:30 PM

I LIKE the idea of edgy and off beat with the caveat: see what sells.
If everybody has already done something, and it can be bought at every other beach boutique then why buy it from you?
I've been on trips with shoppers and seen the same merchandise down the whole coast. The first couple of shops were interesting, shop # 50 not so much.
I'd suggest a mix 60/40. Floral homey/ outrageous wild.

YMMV

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Date: 5/23/13 2:08 PM

The apron of my dreams this is what I really want to put together for an apron. But I wasn't sure other people would like that. Its custom fabric from SPOONFLOWER.COM and I just love this.

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