Combating the Problem of Over-Sized Halter Straps
What do we mean by 'fixed halter?' A Fixed halter apron is a style of apron in which the halter strap (or head loop) is stitched firmly to either side of the upper half of the garment, thus leaving you precious few options for adjusting the fit; unless you happen to be good with a needle and thread and can detach, shorten and re-attach the halter strap successfully.
One major problem with a fixed halter apron is that - if worn tied around the waist - can often pose a huge issue for the wearer. What you often find is that, if the strap is too long originally, you are invariably left with inches of clothing between the top of the bib and the neck uncovered as demonstrated in the photograph.
In a child's case, this particular area of clothing is the region most likely to sustain most mess, whether through eating, cooking or craft activities.
Admittedly, while the majority of today's washing detergents have the power of ridding most items of clothing of their stains and spills at low temperatures, certain substances - depending on their nature - may take several washes before they disappear completely. And we all know what happens to garments subjected to frequent washing? Fabric quality deteriorates and colours start to fade, leaving parents saddled with the added expense of purchasing replacement items of uniform, something which we know most families would rather do without in today's present economic climate.
To assist you in this regard, we have come up with three practical tried and tested solutions which have benefited consumers in the past.
One way to combat the problem of aprons with over-sized halter straps is by running one of the side ties up through the halter before knotting. This has the effect of raising the apron up to the child's neck and subsequently covering those upper regions normally exposed when fastened at the waist. Furthermore, this practical method also ensures loose clothing such as ties, etc, are held in place.
Another practical solution would be for you to purchase a similar apron with an adjustable halter strap. Such a purchase would afford you the flexibility of shortening or lengthening the height of the apron accordingly, by simply manipulating the strap in the plastic ladder/metal ring until you achieve the desired distance.
While the plastic adjusters in most cases seem the most easier of the two solutions to work with, the metal variety by their very design tend to be more durable - despite being the most awkward of the two options given their lack of security and spring tension.
A velcro fastening halter strap is probably another practical alternative for your younger child, perhaps, with their flexibility and complete lack of fasteners for you to negotiate. Unfortunately, their adhesion does tend to lose its strength after a while - and often before the rest of the apron wares out.
A third option may be for you to consider investing in something known as a 'cross tie apron', a standard bib apron which we have adapted for the younger end of the market; primarily those in the 3 to 7 year old age category.
A 'cross tie apron' - as the name suggests - is a standard apron very much like a large child's bib to look at. Instead of the halter strap, the apron comprises extra long neck ties which are attached one to each side of the neck seam that cascade over the shoulders and cross over at the back and threaded through side grommets sewn at the waist before finally secured in the customery manner.
In this way, the child's clothing receives maximum protection from neck to mid thigh or there about depending on the size of the apron purchased initially.
We would be happy to supply you with a free sample of one of these 'cross tie aprons' in return for a 50/100-word product review subject to availability.
These cross tie aprons may be purchased in PVC or cotton drill. At the time of writing, we only have PVC ones in stock.
Naturally, we'd love for you to share with us your own experiences. Perhaps you've bought a similar apron in the past for your son or daughter with a fixed large halter strap which - when placed over the head - left a considerable portion of their upper body un protected. What did you do?
In the following guide, we'll discuss apron fabric characteristics as well as how you can spot the difference between genuine and counterfeit alternatives.
Meanwhile, thank you for reading.