I was just looking at free apron patterns and it suddenly dawned on me--repurpose a button-up shirt or blouse! Here's the plan that's going through my head:
1. Find an inexpensive button up shirt at a thrift store (or your closet), a size or two larger than I normally wear. It could be men's or women's.
2. Remove the collar.
3. Carefully remove the sleeves so they can be used as pockets. Do any necessary stitching/trim around arm holes to avoid fraying.
3. Cut the sleeves open to make into pockets. Put the pocket(s) on the BACK side of the shirt (at a height that works best).
4. Wear the "shirt" backwards and just button the top or second button to keep it on. Or make ties if it's hard to fasten the button behind oneself.
It could be a very simple shirt with no added trims or could be made from a pretty women's blouse with added lace or whatever else. This could be made even without a sewing machine. I can't wait to make one! .