27.2.08

proper clothing for messes


I needed an apron when playing with inks and paints; I figured this out when I found myself wiping my red-ink-stained fingers on my yellow sweatshirt. Nice contrast, yes; no longer a nice sweatshirt. So I pulled out an old denim apron that I used to use in the darkroom, oh, those many years ago. But then came the January/February 2008 issue of ClothPaperScissors magazine with a wonderful article (see page 26) on making an apron from a pair of overalls! So, I went off to a Salvation Army Thrift Shop to find a pair of overalls. I used to have some, once, but gave them away in a fit of cleaning out clothes I wasn't wearing. So now I got a pair of exactly what I gave away (what goes around....).

This is the result. Lots of fun to make, lots of pockets to use. It certainly isn't finished being embellished, but I had to start with some ink on it so that when I actually smeared ink on it, it wouldn't be a surprise :)

The only thing I would do differently, if I were to do this again, is to get a very LARGE pair of overalls. That way the apron would be wider and would cover my sides and hips better than this one does.

2 comments:

Shani Thomas said...

Phffff...isn't that just the truth?! You clean something out, not having used it in forever, and then poof...up pops a need you wouldn't have imagined. This looks so cool! How did you make the strings to tie?

ren said...

Shani,
thanks for the comment; you are always so good at keeping in touch!

I took long 3-inch wide strips from the legs, folded one long side down a half inch, then folded THAT another half inch and ironed it; folded the other side up an inch; then sewed the half-inch side down on top of the other side (the half-inch side becomes hemmed...sort of like making bias tape, just not cut on the bias). whew. I'm better at showing than telling things like this.

all best,
Ren