I recently made this apron and put it in the Summer Kitchen for sale.
A customer looked at it and was shocked to see the price of $45. For an apron.
And now ..... this is my story why an apron is $45.
This apron is made of a quality quilting cotton .... there are two yards in the apron as it is reversible. The fabric is tightly woven, silky and a joy to sew. It is a reproduction 1930's era fabric.
Fabric cost ............. $23.00
I use Gutterman thread. It took almost a spool. Cost ... $2.00.
Mere material cost ...... $25.00
I bought a cute pattern .... different than what you might see from McCalls or Simplicity. Cost of the pattern ... $8.00.
I always use a new sewing machine needle whenever I start a new project. It's not always necessary but it is a good habit to get into as it does make your sewing look better.
It took me 6 hours to make this apron ..... hourly wage .... $3.30.
Of course, that doesn't cover the gas that it took me to drive 40 miles to get the fabric, the electricity to run my sewing machine and iron or the distilled water to help me get a good press on this.
And you might wonder why I don't run to a big box store and buy cotton fabric for $10 and make the apron.
Because of this...................
I LOVE this apron. It was stitched on a treadle sewing machine .... tiny straight stitches.
I cherish and appreciate this and love the tangible connection to the great-grandmother that I never met.
And when I sew ............ or knit .......... or embroider ............. I think of this apron. And the 135 years that have past and how this apron has survived.
It is why I do my very BEST when I make something. It is why I will not skimp on quality materials. It is why I will not rush through a project.
Because one of the days, another young woman may cherish and love an apron and say ................
"That belonged to my great-grandmother."