I made my last apron out of a vintage pillowcase. Unfortunately, it was so vintage it started to shred in the wash. Not good. My solution came from a pattern I'd purchased in grad school. Boldly I attempted the empire/halter version, something I would typically shy away from. Results?
Mad Men, eat your heart out! The only modification I used was adding that ticking pocket. You may recognize the fabric from my Rescued Threads (tm) tote. The blue was bought for a dime at a garage sale, and the ticking was a remnant. Now to get into the kitchen and cook something!