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Gifts for Cooks: Aprons for Mother-Daughter-Sons or Just Stylin’ Cooks

November 15th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Libby's Mixed Media Gallery Mother-Daughter Aprons

The most stylish aprons we’ve seen lately come from Libby Jacobs in Fort Lauderdale, who sews like the slightly crazy woman she is.

Using retro barkcloth, vibrant modern prints and vintage linens or neckties, Jacobs stitches up jackets, vests, skirts, purses, pillows and these fun aprons.

Ultimate artsy recycling

Browsing her closet-sized store, Libby’s Mixed Media Gallery, is a like being in a candy store made of fabric. Everything old is new again for Jacobs, who sees purses in patterns, and sweet keepsake pillows in dainty monogrammed handkerchiefs. A tablecloth that might have graced a farm table becomes a chic tuxedo-style vest. Somebody’s aunt’s barckcloth drapes from the ’50s are now shoulder totes – even the scraps make hep sleep masks.

Vintage buttons, ribbons and trims finish the pieces – Jacobs has an eye for detail as a former movie costumer, and she’s always looking for just the right combination to make a piece pop. She combs antique fairs, shops and estate sales, looking for vintage fabrics. These often come from decorator pieces such as old bedspreads, drapes, cafe curtains, tablecloths and napkins, but vintage clothing or neckties find themselves cut up and repurposed into unique fabric art.

Aprons for cooks

We love these darling mother-child aprons – made from easy-to-wash (thankfully) cotton prints. Cute kitty cats, wild kiwi and strawberry prints, a field of tomatoes, or jazzy black and white for mom – all trimmed in coordinating ribbon or rick-rack, make them as sporty as utilitarian.

Custom designs

Libby Jacobs is a former movie costume designer. /photo by Jan Norris

If you’re hankering to have your hankies from granny or a loving aunt’s gloves preserved as a wedding pillow, or an favorite old chenille bedspread made into a warm jacket, you can take your cloth to her and she’ll do the sewing.

Shop in Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm’s Antique Show

You can find Libby working at her sewing machine in her shop at Gateway Movie Theater plaza, at the crossroads of Sunrise Boulevard and U.S. 1 in Fort Lauderdale, or catch her at her booth at the West Palm Beach Antique and Collectibles show at the South Florida Fairgrounds in the winter months.

Along with her own artistic textile creations, Jacobs features other artists’ creations in her shop – mobiles made from spoons or handcrafted jewelry pieces. Since each piece is one-of-a-kind, you’ll have a piece of wearable art.

Libby’s Mixed Media Gallery

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Merrie Lee // Nov 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    What neat stuff! I will share this with the club.

  • 2 ina baron // Nov 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    i cant wait to speak with this creative wonderwoman

  • 3 Sandy Block // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Hey Lib,

    I think it would be helpful to leave the hours you are open . Thought you used to have the info on your phone message. Any reason you thought it better to not leave that info. ?Anyway as a consumer and former business owner I have found and find it helpful
    Just a suggestion
    Sandy

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