this is for my friend julie, who asked how to make a full-body apron.
just like with the first apron cheat, start with a skirt but this time choose a longer one--when i was a teenager we called these "midi's"--a skirt that is mid-calf length. this one came from the thrift store on half price day, it was way too small for me but i couldn't leave this cute kid cowboy fabric behind.
lay the skirt as before with the center front on the right, the center back on the left, and the side seams, stacked, in the middle.
slice the skirt up the side seam--i actually choose to use a seam ripper this time--i like to mix it up every now and then. you might want to slice your skirt closer to center front or center back, depending on how big it is and how much you like your aprons to wrap around your body. just use your best judgement--its an apron--save your perfectionism for your wedding gown. reserve the back of the skirt for later.
then make a diagonal cut near the top of the side seam--i can't tell you exactly the size and angle you should make because it depends partly on the size of your bust--a bigger bust needs a steeper angle, a smaller bust needs a flatter angle. don't go crazy on the first cut--you can always cut it more later if needed.
finish the side seams--i turned and top stitched, but you should use whatever finish you like. then fold the angled edge under about 1" and stitch it in place to make a casing.
now just run a ribbon thru the casings, with the ends hanging out at the sides and a big loop at the top. (if you don't have any ribbon, just cut some strips from the remainder of the skirt and sew them together to make one long tie).
slip the loop over your head, wrap the ties around your body, and you're done!
on my full-body aprons i like longer ties that i can wrap around to the front so i have a place to hang a towel. i recommend cutting your ties long and then trimming them after you've worn your apron a bit.
you can use the back of the skirt to make pockets if you wish, or to trim a dishcloth to go with your apron, or to make a new oven mitt.
this apron cheat was even quicker than the first one--it would have only taken about 10 minutes but i kept stopping to take pictures. isn't ella becoming a good photographer? she makes me look, in the words of a friend, "smokin' and sleek ". who doesn't want to look like a smokin' and sleek? and all it took was an apron.
if you'd rather not just wing it when cutting your skirt, there are lots of great free apron instructions online--this one at j caroline creative has a diagram for cutting an apron very similar to this apron cheat.