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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rough Linen

Embroidery on the pocket.
 Thanks to a reader's recommendation I have found the ultimate apron for Mop Philosophers everywhere: the Rough Linen Pinafore Apron.
 Pure good Orkney linen sewn up in the USA, it's such a beautiful and useful item.
Back detail.
 The criss-cross straps at the back make for a perfect fit, slouchy but not hanging in any kind of bothersome way.  I have such an issue with aprons that tie at the back of the neck, they cause a sort of low-level irritation and discomfort, and sometimes even a headache from the pull.

I've been wearing my pinafore apron from morning until evening, the large pockets are so useful and it is the perfect cover up for my current daily uniform: black or grey jumper with black pixie pants from JCrew.
With my teething puppy this is the only outfit I can safely wear these days: add in aubergine Hunter rubber boots and you've got the whole picture.
Many thanks to the reader who suggested Rough Linen aprons to me, if I could find the post I would thank you by name.
xoxDani

47 comments:

  1. looks stylish as well! I can almost see it worn snug with a belt dare i say...

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    1. Naomi it has a very California feeling I have to say.

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  2. I live in my apron. Love linen and you look quite ready to tackle anything from a soufflé to a wet nosed puppy. My apron is linen too in the same neutral shade...I know my day us done when I hang it up!

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    1. Hostess I can see this apron in your bungalow!

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  3. The heart pocket is cute, I always love the little details. The linen apron should wear like iron, as they used to say and it will get so soft too.

    When our puppy was teething I wore J.Crew rip-stop cargos and they sure took a beating. I never thought to wear body-skimming pants that he couldn't easily nip but now I know for next time. Great idea.

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    1. xoxo all of my skirts are hanging unworn in my closet, Scout loved my Brora mohair with silk lining in particular. Since I want them to last forever I won't be wearing them for quite some time.
      This apron is really authentic, I love products like this, so well made and in the USA!

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  4. As I've said before, Dani you could make a blacksmith apron glam. Orkney linen, sewn in USA, teething pup?!
    I'm giddy!

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    1. GSL well pass that excitement on over, will you? I'm dead tired, I'd like to lie down for about 3 days.

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  5. Oh it's really lovely, it looks so soft and I love the little pocket too.

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    1. Tabs I should get you one though it wouldn't be a very glamourous bday gift: they come in black and white linen as well.

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    2. I hardly ever wear aprons, remember I wear my rags at home and wipe my hands on them - honestly!

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  6. What a wonderful coverall!! I love the way that it provides all that coverage, plus ease of movement...sometimes aprons can be a bit binding.

    With your love of aprons, I wonder if you have visited the online store of IceMilk Aprons? They are made of a linen/cotton blend with linen tie. I have one with a big black sash and monogram that I wear "for best" when prepping for dinner parties, in which I feel quite dressed up!

    Oh, the teething stage! We still have little reminders around our house...

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    1. Rebecca I haven't but I will look at them! Oh yes she's chewing on the wooden security gate right now. If it weren't for that she's be at the dining room chairs I'm sure!

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  7. Dani - you are well and truly channelling Mrs. Pattmore in that apron - I love it! Good plan! Indy was biting and chewing for the LONGEST time - it was brutal. The worst was when he crawled under the couch and topre out the underlining!

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    1. Oh Wendy, that is horrific, my beagle pup destroyed half my house, then I left it at mum and dad's when I went into town one day and it tore up an heirloom Persian rug worth about £25,000. Mum was raging, dad had tears in his eyes !
      Then the beagle went to a farm to live - I'm not sure I'm really a dog person.

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    2. Mrs Patmore?? OUCH!!!....love it Wendy!

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    3. There will be no destroying here, though Scout may be living in the kitchen for quite a while. She's got her eye on our rugs.
      Mrs. Patmore hey! Well where are my minions?!

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    4. Oh Scout is just a baby! Let her out as much as possible to burn off her energy.Is your back yard fenced in?Cant wait to see how much she has grown. Enjoy

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    5. Ooh, we had a destructive beagle too. Once ate my only decent maternity outfit. Luckily frenchies only eat iPhones, so it's easier to manage. An heirloom rug destruction would be hard to forgive!!

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    6. Dani I am glad to be your daisy! But you are the most beautiful mrs. Patmore I know!

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    7. Wendy if you can be my Daisy when do we start work, phone Carson!

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  8. I really like that apron! I gave up sweaters and most knit clothing when we had puppies in those stages. Denim was about the only safe thing that the little puppy teeth or nails wouldn't make a pull in. Eventually you will be able to wear it all again, probably by next winter!

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    1. Cate I've put my precious Brora skirts away but they'll be back!

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  9. Beautiful. As I'm forever covered in dog hair, I should consider this. Love the heart detail!

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    1. Jen the heart embroidery was an extra charge but such a cute detail, this apron is saving me just now.

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  10. Pretty apron--with cats I have to be careful of anything with a loose weave. My new kitten is in the bite-y stage and my hands are a mass of tiny tooth marks!

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    1. hexicon that smarts! My younger daughter has loads of scratches on her arms, I've only been bitten once, on the knee, and I screamed so loud I scared everyone in the house.

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  11. I love is apron, the pocket detail is lovely...

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  12. I luv rough linen on anything - drapes, cushion covers, placemats... Unfortunately I have more aprons/ pinnies than I'll ever wear. Um, three.

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    1. Fred well that's not very many, how about for Himself?

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    1. Lisa it's from California, your 'hood.

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  14. I love this apron! I really can't stand when aprons pull on the back of my neck. We used to have an Irish Terrier and as a puppy she chewed my husbands left, brown, wingtip. A week later, she chewed up his right, black wingtip. Hubs had a hard time remembering to close his closet :-)

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    1. Jennifer I'm sure you can imagine the lengths I've gone to hiding shoes, especially mine but also MrBP's expensive shoes also...

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  15. Wow Dani this is like Haute Couture of aprons. Loving that little heart too. Of course you found the coolest one ever. Puppies sound like a lot of work! Sorry I am behind visiting. Hope all is well!
    xx Kim

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    1. Kim she's a lot of work but so cute and good, we love her. A bit tired though!

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  16. Puppies are a lot of work! Our miniature long haired dachshund is now a little over a year old. We have a dog barricade that keeps him in our large kitchen/breakfast room, a hallway, and laundry room when we are not supervising. He also has a door door to the backyard. He sleeps in a crate at night. He IS a lot of work, but we love him dearly.

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    1. Susan I'm all for the barriers to contain the mischief. Right now Scout is in the kitchen though her world will open up to our laundry room and my sewing room eventually. She's going to be way too big for a dog door, but the house training is going so well, no accidents inside for the last week! I can't imagine letting her have run of the house without direct supervision right now but it might happen one day... we have some valuable rugs which would suffer greatly during the puppy stage!

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  17. Hello Dani - I've recently found your blog through Janet at Gardener's Cottage and have read all the archive over the past week - gasp! It's a great blog - and now I've gone and purchased this pinny. I *love* linen - particularly linen sheets. Anyway, as I was going through your posts and comments I saw the pinny comment from a reader in Australia. Here's the link:
    http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/santa-brought-me-pinny.html

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    1. Anna I am thrilled you found my blog, welcome and thanks for that compliment! I read that review before I ordered my apron, the link was left by another reader... at one time I could search my blog for specific topics but this function has been broken for some time, I need to ask blogger for "help".
      Thank you, I couldn't find the comment and link!
      I hope you love your pinny as much as I love mine.

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  18. Dear Dani, Thank you for the reference. I've been looking for a pinny like this--I have a mended broken shoulder on one side and arthritis on the other--I can't tie an apron behind any more! This is perfect. I've ordered one and will be back to browse the duvet etc.

    You look adorable in it, of course.
    Margot

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    1. Margot I hope you love it, it is very easy and comfortable to wear, I'm wearing mine non-stop.
      I've been making a long list of the other offerings on that site... really lovely things.

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  19. Sorry, no idea why I thought the commenter from, a breath of fresh air, was Australian. It's all the rain we're having here in the UK, rotting my brain :-))
    Anyway, can't wait for my pinny. You do look rather fab in yours.

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    1. Anna that's funny I thought that blogger was Australian too, is she based in the UK? I'll go look, I should subscribe, I liked her review very much.

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  20. Love the pinny Dani. It's very chic, I do love a bit of linen. And a good investment for you as you wear it all day, really it's like investing in clothes x2 (to save yours, and as its a top layer you answer the door in). xx

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  21. Hi Dani, Love the pinny and perfect for me too. Can I ask what size you got? Adult up to size 14 sounds ginormous, and long?

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