Apparently, Mom was pretty hard on her apron and eventually it cried "UNCLE!" According to her, the rip appeared out of nowhere. We think there might have been some cooking-related shenanigans going on.
Mom and Niki headed to the fabric store and picked out a pretty batik fabric for the replacement apron. The old crocheted straps were still holding up well, but they did look a little old. I was drafted to crochet some new ones with the leftover yarn that Niki still had and gifted to me when she declared herself on a crochet hiatus. Niki used the old apron as a template, did what she considered to be a MUCH better job of sewing it (since her skills have improved quite a bit over this past decade), and voila!
Mom now has a new simple apron. This one had always been her favorite because the crocheted straps were especially comfortable on her neck. Niki asked her if she wanted a pocket or any sort of decorative element but Mom declined. Sometimes, simple is best. We'll see if this one survives for another decade!