Beautiful products of the needle which the busy girl is turning out for the holiday season
Aprons are already beginning to play an important part with the girl who in deep in Christmas work. With her prettiest one on. She is making up a pile of them — big weekday kinds, and airy, fluffy bits of beauty that seem too fragile to have a bit of use in them, yet protect dress and sewing wonderfully well.
It’s the most domestic of all the pretty little feminine touches the putting on of an apron for sewing, or for chafing-dish cookery, or for arranging flowers.
Like everything else, hand embroidery (and handwork generally) is being lavished on the prettiest of them, sometimes taking the form of heavy, exquisitely worked initials; and, as often, expressing itself in tiny vines with wee flowers and tendrils twisting into graceful designs.
Dimities and lawns and organdies, mulles and Swisses — all the sheer, beautiful summer stuffs — lend themselves as graciously to the flyaway bits, and are made up with ruffles of lace, or of the material, or of both, deftly caught together.
One, made in three deep points, with a fourth for a miniature bib, had division lines of lace which were echoed on the bib. The original was of Paris muslin, with the points embroidered in motifs of grapes, while the lace was the German valenciennes so popular for everything in lingerie fashions. But a flowered muslin could be used, and would make light work of the handwork (if it’s only your “second-best girl” you’re doing it for!) or medallions of embroidery or lace — especially the interesting medallions of filet net with a design darned in.
Strips and medallions of Japanese embroidery make an unusual and extremely pretty apron. But whatever you trim it with, let your ruffle be of the material — unadorned. The apron in itself is trimmed too much to have other than the simplest sort of ruffle by way of setting it off.
An apron with a deep pocket ia mighty satisfactory for fancy work — for any kind of sewing, in fact; for into the pocket go scissors and thimble and spools of cotton — all the numerous little things that have such aggravating way of dropping on the floor and losing themselves at critical moments.
Some of these pocket aprons are made by cutting the apron long, and turning it up a good six inches, stitching it down in three or four places, making it into divisions. But a more novel kind, and one more satisfactory in a general way, is to make an apron and a skeleton-apron, sewing them together at the outer edges, and binding the inner edge of the skeleton with ribbon.
Simple but beautiful
The heavier linens, especially the art linens which come in such soft, exquisite shades, make simpler, but no less beautiful, aprons. Some of them are made somewhat circular in shape, and are outlined with a great scallop padded and embroidered in heavy embroidery cotton, with initials or monogram embroidered on the bib.
Art linens, with a deep hemstitch and initials embroidered on, are as stunning, if less unusual, in their way.
Violets and greens are the prettiest embroidered in white, or in a shade that matches the linen exactly, or a deeper tone of the same shade.
As to workaday aprons, they have been juggled with and trimmed up in pretty, tailory ways until they — some of them — are actually pretty. They are made with long sleeves or sleeveless, according to whim, but all of them have bibs shaped in odd, interesting styles; and the most satisfactory of them are blessed with capacious pockets. (Pattern 6602.)
Percales — those with gay little figures printed on a white ground — ginghams, chambrays, chintzes and calicoes are all satisfactory materials to make them of.
Sew & embroider pretty aprons for Christmas presents