I bought the fabric for this project with the intention of making an apron for each boy. Romeo’s reaction was immediate and opinionated. He informed me that he is not a baby, so he didn’t want a “baby” apron. I tried to diffuse this with some sort of logic in the vein of “if I thought you were a baby, I’d make you a bib, not an apron.” He didn’t buy it. He’d prefer just plain green (good thing I didn’t go for some sort of cartoon character fabric. I’m sure I would have chosen wrong and really insulted him). As far as I can tell, his assumption about the M&M fabric being “baby” fabric was based on it being used for an item for Ace. He didn’t want to match his (baby) brother.
On the other hand, Ace had an opinion too. He LOVED this fabric, and ever since he saw it, he’s been begging me to make him something. I told him he was getting an apron. He asked for pajama’s. Since there’s plenty left over from what was supposed to be Romeo’s apron, he probably will get those pajamas someday.
He got up this morning and I showed him his finished apron. He tried it on, and was quite agreeable to getting his picture taken. He was not so agreeable to taking it off after the photo shoot. I gave in and let him wear it to Granny’s for the day. When I picked him up after work, he was still wearing it (though Granny said he did have it off for part of the day)
I realize that for the little guy, the apron is probably more form than function, at least for cooking purposes. I’m thinking for art projects though, it might be very handy.
I used McCalls 5551 for the apron pattern, leaving off all the pockets except the big one across the entire front.
So far, I think this was a good pattern choice for a kid’s apron. The ties/neck loop are all one piece, threaded through a channel created by a facing on either side-front of the apron. This means that the loop over the neck can be quickly expanded for head space while putting on, then easily adjusted so the apron doesn’t hang too low. The only thing I don’t know about is whether, if he gets ambitious and tries to get it on/off himself, he might pull the ties out and I’ll have to put them back (possibly repeatedly, depending on how ambitious he’s feeling, and probably immediately to prove to him it isn’t ruined forever). There’s plenty of growing room. The ties are so long I have to wrap them around front and tie them.
He was pretty enthusiastic about the pictures. Apparently he’s got a bit of sibling jealousy after seeing Guinevere help me with pictures when she gets new clothes. He made sure I didn’t forget to get a view of the back of the apron.