I don't recall my Gran wearing a traditional apron. I remember her occasionally wearing a mauve overall (which has a nice consonance). There is even photographic evidence of this garment somewhere at my mother's house. Where I grew up butchers, joiners and freemasons wore aprons whereas Mams, Mothers, Grans and Grannies wore pinnies. My own Mam had a rather fetching vinyl/oilcloth number with Superwoman (yes Super not Wonder) on it.
I am seldom certain of what motivates me but while I was on holiday I decided that, when I got home, I was going to make what I thought was called "a cross over pinny". So I googled that phrase and was more or less thwarted by my NW UK English usage. After further lateral searching I discovered that what I was really looking for was a pinafore. This surprised me because I thought a pinafore was a dress. I was convinced of this because I remember my Mam sewing them for my sister. She would ware a polo neck sweater underneath. They were the girl equivalent of my dungarees.
I often discuss things with The Much Belovéd and this proposed project was no exception. Now he grew up on the other side of the Atlantic, far away from our red brick man traps with their scrubbed steps, and when I told him what I had in mind he had some difficulty understanding me. After further discussion we established that down his alley what I call a pinafore dress is a jumper, a UK pinafore is a US house dress, an English overall is a North American cover all and an apron is an apron. Are we all singing from the same hymn sheet? Great!
Thanks to actresses like Irene Handle...
...and Jean Alexander this garment looms large in the psyche of one born in the late 1970s and weened on a diet of British television during the 1980s.
However this garment does not loom large in the psyche of internet search engines and sewing patterns, never mind free sewing patterns, for such garments are few and far between.
I did however manage to track down an inexpensive PDF explaining how to create your own pattern and construct a pinny from scraps. You can find it here if you are interested and if you are really interested you can tune in here soon to find out how I got on with it.