Toya Jacobson wears one of her Domestic Goddess aprons.

Gear for the domestic goddess

Hand crafted aprons and rubber gloves will be available at All Sooke Arts & Crafts Fair

Gone are the days of grandma in an utilitarian frumpy apron with her red hands in the sink. These days aprons are high fashion and grandma has a dishwasher.

Sophisticated aprons are hot ticket items. Not only are they a practical way to protect your clothing, they are really useful.

Toya Jacobson makes aprons under the label, Aprons for the Domestic Goddess.

About three years ago, she and a friend who is an artist were trying to come up with some money making ideas.They thought about starting a market store, but her friend never got started and Jacobson did. She’s been sitting behind the sewing machine ever since and selling her high end aprons at craft markets.

“People want a sophisticated glam look,” said Jacobson. “I use fabrics you wouldn’t expect to see in an apron — that’s what people wanted.”

Jacobson never wore aprons before she started making them. Now she uses them when she cleans. She incorporated a towel in the body of the apron because, as she said, everyone wipes their hands.

Jacobson will be selling her aprons, some with matching rubber gloves, at the All Sooke Arts & Crafts Fair, Nov. 23-25 at the Sooke Community Hall.

Her product line includes aprons for men. A popular style is one which is black and red with a bit of a Scottish plaid.

She sells about about 300 aprons a year as gifts. The prices range from $30 to $45 for the men’s aprons (which are more work to make). The matching rubber gloves run at $15.

“They are gifts — wonderful gifts,” said Jacobson. “You might as well have fun if you have to cook and clean.”

She said she has a friend with a B&B who loves the aprons because she doesn’t have to think about what to wear to serve breakfast to her guests.

“You can entertain and still look good,” she said.

Jacobson is the volunteer co-ordinator with the Sooke Hospice and leads a busy life. She would, at some point, love to make clothing out of upcycled materials, but for now she’s sticking to Aprons for the Domestic Goddess.

Just Posted

Rain with a high of 16 C for Tuesday

Plus your weekly forecast

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

Castaway Wanderers men, women advance to B.C. semifinals

Castaway Wanderers men trounce UVic 59-29 in playoffs

Esquimalt requests public feedback as it plans for plastic bag ban

An online survey aims to gather information before the ban comes into effect in January 2020

Group aims to raise $250k ahead of Sarah Beckett Playground’s August opening

Not yet halfway to goal for equipment costs, but plans for upcoming fundraisers are underway

Easter bombings a response to New Zealand attacks, says Sri Lanka minister

The Islamic State group asserted it was responsible for the nine bombings

New commemorative loonie marking ‘progress’ for LGBTQ2 people to be unveiled today

But advocates say it mistakenly suggests equality has been achieved largely as a result of government actions

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 straws each year

Most Read