I love smock aprons but find them fussy to put on. When I grab an apron as I’m about to start preparing a meal, I’m usually in a hurry. My beloved smock and cobbler aprons all seem to have buttons, snaps, or ties in hard-to-reach places behind my upper back. I also love cross-back aprons, but getting them on and fastened seems to require acrobatics. I’ve looked for a long time for a pattern for a cross-back smock apron that slips over the head with nothing to fasten. I’ve seen many such patterns for toddlers’ smocks, but none
so far for adults. So, I decided to design my own. I combined features from several commercial patterns, including the smock apron I made last week, to come up with something new. I was surprised how well it turned out! It slips over the head easily, crosses gracefully in back, and has a slightly shaped front. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit Betsy very well, but I didn’t have a live model handy.) I made it from a second-hand tablecloth with a floral pattern. I’ve started collecting old booklets with designs for embroidering on gingham, and picked a pattern from one of them for the gingham pocket–I like the way it echoes the print.