As these things go, the idea simmered for quite some time until, serendipitously, I saw a call to artists from the Catamount Fiberistas announcing an Apron themed show. It was time. When else would I have a chance to create and display a cookbook apron?
Initially I thought I'd just make my own pattern - after all, it's just an apron, how tough could it be? But I kept getting stuck on the shape and how would I make the paper "fabric" fit properly? Paper just doesn't lay the way fabric does - it's stiff and unmoving.
So, I began researching patterns, but couldn't find anything that really spoke to me. A friend offered to let me "borrow" her vintage apron pattern. That settled it for me, and I could finally move forward. I cut all my cookbook pages to size, picked my thread, readied my sewing machine, and began my project.
As luck would have it, I had just started sewing my pages together to create a "cloth" from which to work and my sewing machine broke! Panicked, yet undeterred, I revamped my plan: a mostly hand-sewn half apron.
The only part of the apron that is machine sewn are the pages - and only some of those are sewn at all. Each set of pages were sewn together bottom to bottom, or top to top. And they alternate to provide interest - the idea is that although they are readable cooking advice and recipes, they are also non-functional because you can't get all the information from them. Also, I tried to include a bit from each section of the book - some desserts, some meat dishes, salads, etc. I like my projects to be well rounded.
Overall, I'm quite pleased and feel that it was a successful project. The apron is being shown at Catamount Arts as part of the Catamount Fiberistas' "Aprons-R-Us" exhibit the entire month of December 2013.
Of course... I do have a ton of pages left - enough for a full apron once I have my sewing machine repaired.