Few people can maneuver a kitchen without getting a little dirty. Whether they're pro chefs or beginning bakers doesn't matter, it seems cooking well and getting a bit messy go hand in hand. With this in mind, aprons are a mainstay of the smart cook - pro or not.
Apron patterns are available in a number of styles from very simplistic designs to very complex patterns that involve a number of advanced cuts and seams. The choice is really up to the maker, but remember, whatever is produced should be durable so the cook who receives it can enjoy it for years to come. Apron styles are more in number than many might think, too.
They can include: * Basic around the waist aprons. These are good for protecting the pants from spills and splatters, but not blouses or shirts. These wouldn't be advisable for those who work with a lot of sauces that can splatter or those seriously into barbecuing, but they are more than fine for basic flour baking and so on.
* Barbecue aprons. Designed for both men and women, these are pretty simple aprons that offer both top and bottom coverage. These can come with pockets for holding implements such as brushes or sauce bottles.
They tend to slide over the head and tie in the back and generally are made in colors that lend themselves to barbecuing. * Women's full body aprons. These come in a number of different styles that include those with pockets and without; with lace and without; with crosshatch ties and without; tailored centers to show off a waistline and more.
These aprons run the gamut of styles and even come in vintage patterns. When choosing material for aprons, keep in mind the following things: * Aprons are meant to absorb spills in the kitchen so more expensive clothing does not. With this in mind, materials should be sturdy and capable of handling a spill or two and lots of washing without being destroyed. * Colors. Barbecue aprons should almost never be white, but pure white is just fine for baking pastries and other such goodies. * Patterns.
Checks and solids are great for barbecue chefs of both sexes. Men likely won't swoon over a calico or flower print though. Know who you're making the pattern for and choose the materials accordingly. Basic apron projects are great for beginning sewers to dive into. Whether hand stitched or a machine is used, the simplicity of some of the patterns really lend themselves to teaching a beginner the basics of everything from working with a pattern, to cutting clothing and handling stitching.
Remember though that some patterns for aprons can be pretty complex, so for those just starting out, stick with a simple apron that involves only a few cuts and perhaps only a few lines of stitching. Aprons are very handy articles of clothing that can save "good clothes" from the beating a kitchen can dish out. Whether for barbecuing, baking or more, aprons are great additions to any cook's wardrobe.
They also serve as great projects for beginning sewers or even the more advanced ones to practice their skills while netting a useful item in the process.