Monday, April 20, 2009

An apron for my chef

~I made and apron for KG for our recent anniversary. I was pretty excited when he said he would like one. (I had offered my services before but he had declined).
... However lately he has been very into Jacques Pepin (which I am thrilled with), and as you can see, getting pretty creative in the kitchen(again loving this). He loves the simple elegance of Jacquie's cooking style
..... and I love that he always makes a dessert.
~So I asked again and he was totally on board. I had thought many times about making him an apron and what it might look like. KG wears pretty much a black T shirt , Levi's and boots or sneakers, (he does wear a western snap when the occasion suits him, but only in muted colors). If you have seen my aprons (or anything I make) you can see how this might be an exercise in restraint for me.
I had made some skull and bones type stuff last spring and summer , but they were still seeming a little too girly for him. We have this cool old sign in our bedroom and I have always wanted to use it's imagery in something special for him. ~I am not quite sure where he got it(I think it was a old warning sign for an electric fence, this is what I have always thought anyway) but it echos his daytime work. I had always thought I would use the skull form it. The skull is so harsh and German looking, very different than your run of the mill skull and bones. But then it dawned on me that the fist was really my favorite part. It seemed relevant to have the lightening as well but at the last moment I thought it was unfair for his daytime drudgery to be invading his nighttime passion so I defiantly put a spoon in the fist instead( I know, I am just such a crazy rebel lady)~ I was torn as to whether or not make it an applique or the much less practiced(by me) art of embroidery , but I felt like embroidery was more his speed, my man is quite subtle.
I am pleased with the patch worked bib piece using the embroidery as the central focus, ....but the bottom pocket I am on the fence about. He wanted a pocket and I could not help myself so there is a little skull on it ..but we will see if I let it live there. Maybe it should just be plain, yes I did say plain. This skull just seems a little silly for KG (NO, a power fist with a spoon is not too silly. It is a fine line I am walking here)


~This is a new apron pattern I have been working on to have fuller coverage across the bib and a little simpler design overall; um, yeah maybe?(I have quite a few in my custom stack). KG's is fully lined with a very cool striped shirting.

~I think it is very handsome indeed....
and Anyway he likes it and looks good in it too.

9 comments:

Blue Mama said...

I LOVE this apron! Great job on the embroidery, Mama! I never thought I'd say this but....I think the pocket should be left plain. I like the simple design with the top part as the focal point.

Angie said...

Awesome apron!

I agree with Blue Mama, it distracts you from the top part.

twoveganboys said...

The apron is awesome.

belle said...

yeah, sometimes I just go to far! that is why God made seam rippers right?

Courtney Lynn Stasny said...

apron looks great! and what did he make you? it looks awesome! yum-o!

Shorty said...

Very cool! I really dig how you made it fit his style. Great job!!!

Rebecca said...

I love it!! If my hubby has a cool apron will he cook things like that?

Tamarinara said...

wow thats so much classier than the one i got my grill man which says "burn to perfection"....

Gretchen said...

I love the story of Kyle's apron! You are so creative!