Monday, November 8, 2010
My Somewhat Anthroposophic Apron
I made this apron for my birthday - it's the first thing I've made for ME on my sewing machine. Pretty fun - I love that the recipient of my gift definitely wants what I made and loves my fabric choice :)
I've been dreaming of this apron since I saw it on the cover of the book "Linen, Wool, Cotton" by Akiko Mano. I got the fabric a few months ago from Gray Line Linen. It's the Warsa linen - I asked them for a recommendation for an apron.
I probably would have put this off forever (since I thought it was just for *me*), but in the Waldorf world, aprons are actually important for the mama/teacher. Here is an article about the kindergarten apron. The reasons from the article that made me push to finally make the apron are:
* Protects clothing (the obvious standard reason for an apron)
* Protects one's etheric self (has a fortifying effect, like armor)
* Takes children's focus off what we're wearing
* Creates a softness about the mama/teacher
* and more...
My apron is a cross between the author's Aprons #3 and #4. It has a strap around the neck and has similar back coverage to #3 (minimal), but is split horizontally between the bib and apron like #4 (which seems to be a negative anthroposophically-speaking, because the body is visually split for the child). The author was happy with both her #3 and #4, so I feel that this is an acceptable apron. As a Waldorf apron, it should have a slightly wider bib, shorter neck strap (I'd make it two or three inches shorter) and the skirt should be a little wider so it meets in the back when tied. It was very easy to make and seems comfortable, though. I'm going to start wearing it at home (probably just when Jer's not around so he doesn't think I'm wacky LOL) so I'll post any other thoughts I have about it in terms of comfort and the kids' reactions.