Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Retro Aprons’ by Cindy Taylor Oates

Lazies, I am so excited to introduce today’s designer, Cindy Taylor Oates of Taylor Made Designs. Cindy’s project from her book ‘Retro Aprons’ is the third of twelve daily features in the ‘Day Z Dozen’ blog hop.

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Cindy Taylor Oates Retro ApronHere’s Cindy to tell us about her love of aprons:
Aprons are not only useful, but they have become a fashion statement. We had a big party for my daughter Elizabeth’s 16th birthday.

When it came time to serve I put on an apron (something I rarely did) so I wouldn’t get bar-b-que sauce on my outfit.

“MOTHER!” she said as she rolled her eyes.

For her 20th birthday…she asked for and received a darling apron which she happily wears in her own kitchen! Maybe it is because she now has to wash her own clothes…or maybe it is because aprons are really cute!

I had this book in mind for about 3 years before I actually got around to doing it. I love to shop at flea markets and antique malls so I was always on the lookout for aprons to use for inspiration. Basically there are two styles of aprons…half aprons that tie around the waist and full aprons. Most of the half aprons I found were just a rectangle of fabric gathered into a waist band. When I would try them on I would think “Who needs extra fabric bunched up around the waist?…Not me.”

Here’s a collection of my half and full aprons at a recent trade show.

retroaprons-copy.jpgMy new book ‘Retro Aprons’ includes half aprons, but none are gathered into a waistband. They are all flat across the tummy. Then, when I would try on the full aprons I would think “Who were these tiny, tiny women?” I could barely get some of them on. That is when I knew the full sized aprons needed to be multi-sized for a flattering fit. (S-XXL)

I love the retro styling of the apron mixed with more modern fabrics. Large scale florals mixed with dots…or prints that mix but are not too “matchy”.
– Cindy Taylor

cindy-small.jpgAbout Cindy:
Cindy started Taylor Made Designs, 22 years ago. With a degree in clothing and textiles, Cindy’s specialty is fit and simplified construction techniques.

Cindy’s designs include clothing, bags, quilts, and home dec items.

Read more about Cindy’s aprons in the Spring 2007 issue of “Quilts and More”.

Here’s all the product information for today’s feature ’Retro Aprons’. Check quilt shops to purchase the book and fabrics.

Taylor Made Designs
“Retro Aprons”
Item TMB164

Full Height Apron:
1-1/8 yards of LH06009 DayZ Salad: Berry
3/4 yard of LH04036 New Tiny Ticking: Iris

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18 Responses to “Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Retro Aprons’ by Cindy Taylor Oates”

  1. Karina Hittle — March 7, 2007 @ 7:31 am

    Hi Cindy,

    I really like the way you have re-designed the half aprons! In addition, I think the design element of mixing modern fabrics with retro style is quite fun!

  2. Bernadette C — March 7, 2007 @ 8:16 am

    I really like the aprons! So Cute! I can’t wait to buy the book & make one.

  3. Tammy Tadd — March 7, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    Hi Cindy!
    I have to tell you how much I love this book!!
    I have been selling it in my store and everyone comments on the samples that I have made up. They are so cute!!
    Great job!
    Tammy Tadd

  4. Cecile — March 7, 2007 @ 8:45 am

    My teen daughter is the only one in our house to wear an apron and I’m sure she would love your designs. What a great way to add a little spice to kitchen time!

  5. Penny — March 7, 2007 @ 9:19 am

    Cindy I love your patterns. We are apron people here. All my aunts & my grandmother wore them & I have a great collection of stained memory filled aprons in my kitchen. I can’t wait to make a new one of yours to fit this not sooo tiny body! Love the fabric, maybe hubby will put in a new counter top to match???? Ummm worth a try!


  6. monique — March 7, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    Cute aprons! I’m not a bit domestic, but I’d make one of these “just because” 🙂

  7. Mary Ann — March 8, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    Oh fun! When I got married 38 yrs ago my MIL gave me a 12 aprons she had made as a gift. I still have a few tucked away to share with my daughters and a collection of fun new patterns…I need to go find Cindy’s.

  8. Mary Lou Hallenbeck — March 8, 2007 @ 7:22 pm


    Your aprons are just ADORABLE! I remember that all of the ladies in my family always wore aprons while blessing us with their fabulous cooking skills. Grandma Reva used to let us play dress up with hers when we visited. She had some real fancy ones that looked like they needed an apron for! The bright colors of the DayZ farics work so well with your creations. And if we HAVE to cook…then we may as well be gorgeous when we do! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Gunnel Svensson — March 9, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    I really like your retro aprons! I always wear aprons when I baking or cooking. But I see that nowadays women didn´t wear it! Even my mum didn´t have it anymore………stranged!

    I have three really old, vintage aprons that I wear when I am cooking in my old summercottage. But normaly I use new modern aprons. Now I will sew one of these lovely retro aprons!

  10. Jeannine — March 9, 2007 @ 6:28 am

    Je serai acheteuse des patrons de “retro aprons ” à quel prix SVP ?
    merçi pour la réponse.

  11. Gunnel Svensson — March 9, 2007 @ 7:26 am

    I really like your retro aprons! Where can I fonund this book?
    – – – – –
    Hi Gunnel,
    Check your local quilt shop for availability.
    You can find a list of shops here.
    Check these companies who are ‘hopping’ along with us.
    Joan Hawley
    Lazy Girl Designs

  12. holly holderman — March 9, 2007 @ 7:37 am

    I can attest to how cute Cindy’s aprons are. She was prancing around fall quilt market in them like a fairy godmother, and caused quite a stir. Her booth was mobbed every time I walked by.

  13. Retro Fashion — October 12, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    I personally love retro anything including retro fashion. Thanks for the post.

  14. Arvilla — December 4, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    I love your “retro aprons”!!! I made 9 of them for my sister-in-laws (yes I have nine!!) and one for my daughter as Christmas presents this year. (2007) I appliqued (big) their initials on them (as in Laverne & Shirley). They are so cute and I can’t wait to show them off!

  15. Mrs. Mildred Pierce — April 12, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    Those are simply adorable! I love it.

  16. Ms. Dora — July 18, 2008 @ 3:10 pm


    Please let Cindy know that her designs are just AWESOME.

    Currently I am awaiting her ‘Retro Aprons’ pattern booklet. The excitement is like a child receiving a letter/gift in the mail, or even better a gift.

    Always excited about Cindy’s new work!

  17. laurel mothersell — May 25, 2010 @ 12:47 am

    just bought two of your books , thanks for the inspiration… making some for the chili cookoff prizes at our family reunion in august… the others are just because i love aprons…thanks again.


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