a simple apron

I wanted a simple apron to wear with my new short sleeved working dress. You can find many pictures of aprons here, below you can see a few of them (plus some from other sources). A piece of linen tied around the waist with thin ribbons, seams to have been quite common (picture 1-7). It varies in width from very narrow (picture 1) to wide enough to cover the front of the skirt (picture 4). In some cases the apron seams to be pleated at the top (picture 2, 3, 6) in others it is not (picture 4, 5, 7). In picture 2, the top (pleated) edge of the apron might be edged with a narrow band of fabric that extends to the back where it is tied together.
There's also a more complicated style of aprons, that seems to have been in use particularly by midwifes. Here, the apron's strings run over the shoulder, it covers both front and back and the sides are sewn together (picture 8). (But here I want to focus on the more simple below-the-waist style.)

apron in birth of Mary, Schottenstift birth of St. Rochus birth of mary, Meister des Albrechtsaltars allegory of delight
Libro de componere herbe et fructi, spinach a woman whose husband begs her not to beat him birth of the virgin, illumination in a missal birth of St. Rochus

different aprons

April 02, 2010: I've used white, medium weight linen for the apron. I decided to leave the top edge unpleated, as pleating only made the linen bulge annoyingly. I've cut a simple rectangle (40 to 100 cm), neatened the seams by hand and added a thin, woven linen band to the top. It is long enough to be tied in the back. Here are some pictures of the apron worn with the new short sleeved Grande Assiette dress:

simple apron, front simple apron, side simple apron, back

simple linen apron worn with short sleeved working dress