Enter Butterick 5474, an apron. Aprons have to be easy, right? And totally useful as something that I forget to actually use until after I'm covered in sauce or grease. I did actually remember to use it last week when I was pitting cherries (score 1 for me, about 500 for food splatters), so i can vouch for its clothes-protecting skills.
I chose to make the full-length option with the bias-tape around the edge, which brings me to my first lesson that I learned in the making of this apron: there is something called bias tape. And if you google it, you find many links to tutorials for how to make bias tape, but you don't really find a whole lot that says "hey, you can buy this for super cheap at a craft store so you don't have to spend hours making it yourself." Nope, must have missed those links because I thought bias tape was something I had to actually make. So make I did out of some fabric that I thought was very complimentary to my main fabric.
Now I know that I could have spent about a buck and a half on plain black bias tape. (*breathe, go to your happy place*). I'm so grateful for the learning experience of making my own bias tape so that I appreciate more how it works when I buy it at the store in bulk now. It's kind of a shame that I used this technique on an apron that I mostly forget to even use, but I know how to do it if I need a more unique touch on something I make (*cough won't happen cough*).
All in all, this was actually a pretty easy project after all and maybe if I leave post-it notes on all of my cookbooks saying "WEAR AN APRON, DUMMY!!" I will remember to use it more often. Probably not though as I have a bad habit of ignoring things once I get used to them being there. C'est la vie!