Thursday, June 6, 2013

With modest intention: your biggest challenge and my biggest task

Thank you SO MUCH to the ladies who have responded to the survey question, “What’s your #1 frustration when it comes to modesty or femininity?” Your honesty and transparency moves me (sometimes to tears) and is deeply appreciated.

When I read your comments, I long for the privilege of talking face to face with you so that together we can turn your difficulties into victories. I’m working hard to make such opportunities possible.

The survey is still open. If you haven’t had your say yet, I would so love to hear what your modesty or femininity needs and frustrations are. Here’s the link. It’s also in the left hand side bar so you can click on it from anywhere on this website.

5 Essentials for an Apron Design that Makes a Woman Happy

I’ve been working on a new apron design. This isn’t my first effort, and in the course of trial and error using a variety of apron patterns, I’ve identified five essentials that make me a happy apron wearer.

1.    It must protect my clothes from dirt encountered amid the varied duties of homemaking tasks (cooking, cleaning, childcare, etc).
2.    It must be comfortable – in my case, not pull at or weigh down on my delicate neck (better apron, less osteopath).
3.    It must be easy to get on and off (no over-the-head business or hard-to-reach buttons or straps).
4.    Its size must be adaptable to clothing bulk worn underneath through different seasons.
5.    The fabric must be in a print that helps hide stains.

Having fiddled and adapted with several apron styles, and having failed one time too many (how many failures are enough for you?!?), I listed what I actually needed from a design, and the result was that I chucked apron patterns altogether.

Instead, I based my design on a tunic pattern. From that, I created a custom apron that met all of my criteria. Some would call it a coverall. I made it long enough so it does nearly cover all.

So far this creation is working a treat. In addition to my five essentials, I’m enjoying these benefits: I love wearing it, it makes me feel fresh, pretty, and stylish (as well as clean), and, happy day! the colours work wonderfully with a variety of my outfits.

If the thought of adding an apron over your clothes in a hot kitchen on a midsummer's day makes you feel fainthearted, this style could relieve some of that stress. Wear it over as little as an unlined skirt and a cropped, sleeved top in lightweight cotton, and you'll look modest and gorgeous and a little less frazzled. Sound good to you?

What are your essentials for a good apron? Have you found a style that works for you?

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