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.
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
- 937 NE 19th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL
- 954-522-4143; or toll free: 877-262-4573; www.pillowsbylibby.com