The good news is I now have a super cool shop apron. #8 duck canvas (or 18 ounce canvas) is some seriously stout stuff. It should last a long time.
One bit of feedback I got from Instagram was white is a bold color for a shop apron. I disagree. It is very traditional. At least all of the old pictures of woodworkers from the 19th century show them with a white apron and a tie.
I don't think I'll wear a tie while I work wood, but perhaps the white apron will motivate me to keep it clean.
Since the last post, I just had to sew on the leather straps and join them together somehow. I had to sew six straps to the apron in order to get the straps to cross over the shoulders and a waist strap.
I joined the leather on the cross straps with some Chicago screws I had laying around. I made some extra holes so I could adjust it, but I figure this is my apron, and once it fits, it shouldn't need adjusting. The waist strap I joined with two snaps, so it can be easily fixed and unfixed. The waist strap doesn't have to be super tight. I wanted to not have long straps dangling all over the place.
|It should be a good apron.|
|Leather treated with BLO on top, plain untreated veg-tan on the bottom.|
|Treatment consisted in soaking the belts in BLO for 20 minutes or so.|
|I've never actually sewed leather before.|
|Using the Speedy Stitcher.|
|A loose ring keeps everything in place in the back.|
|Snaps are inexpensive, and these ones came with a tool and an anvil.|
|View of my best side.|
I've never really used a shop apron before. Please let me know if you use a shop apron.