It’s been on our list for awhile to create a Chef Apron for Women, in a cut that is specific to them. Chef Aprons are traditionally a flat cut out shape that wraps around the body held in place by neck ties and waist ties. It’s a challenge to design a Classic Chef Apron for a woman’s curvy body. If you have a flat chest and the bib is narrow enough, the bib top will lay flat. But more often than not, the top of the bib gapes away from the body, sometimes quite far out. When designing the top to lay flat on a shapely figure, the armhole sides then gape open. You can’t really wrap a flat shape around a curvy form and have it lay flat and comfortable.
We worked on it. We worked while trying to keep labor costs down being respectful of the final retail price and also keeping to the simplicity of the Classic Chef design. In the end we found elastic to be our solution. The Dressform below is a 3X.
We used a bit of it on the sides of the chest to make it curve around the bust and it worked well enough that we then did the same at the back waist to curve at the top of the back piece.
Adding elastic to the back waist not only improved the shape, but it also allowed give to the waist. Normally once you tie the waist ties snugly around your body, it works fine until you bend over, and the ties pull into your belly. The elastic in the back allows give, you can bend and still be comfortable.
We chose to keep adjustable cross back ties. They allow the wearer to adjust for their height. We kept the waist ties long to be tied front or back. We also kept the traditional front belly pocket but made it large enough to have two sections.
We are introducing this new piece in three colors of Denim. We will soon add homespuns and Linens, depending on sales and feedback from our customers.
You can follow the link to the New Chef Apron here.
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