Rachel and I looked at all my apron patterns at the end of her visit. She commented that she loved the one that looked like a skirt.
Well, I was at my local thrift store when i had the AHA! moment and realized I should make the apron from a skirt. I had so many to choose from that my cart was full of skirts; the kid's skirt's were 3 dollars and the women's were 4. I decided to try one first and I put the rest back.
I cut the labels from the back of this kid's size 7 corduroy skirt. Then cut on either side of the back seam. then i hemmed those cut edges with a simple turned under hem. I made some ties from quilt fabric in browns. I pressed the edges under and folded it in half to make ties, quick, quick! It helps to angle cut those straps to reduce bulk before you fold them in half., That pin is just to show how to turn it down. It was removed before sewing.
I talked to my daughter about this idea and went upstairs and was finished and took the photos 10 minutes later. One of the pluses about this skirt was that I crossed the ties in back and could run them through the front belt loops and tie in a bow. The corduroy was pretty lightweight and easy to sew.
There were so many choices of skirts too. many clothes already were gathered or had embroidery on the fabric or interesting border designs, many for prices well below what similar fabric would cost. If you wanted a full rather than a half apron you could use the back of a full size apron to cut out a front panel. I even think a pretty sundress could be used top and all! Many aprons patterns had shaped tops on them