I also wear a Lee Valley shop apron, I tried another brand that was a very stiff fabric and uncomfortable, so I spent the $ on the Lee Valley one. It's comfortable and I keep 2 pencils, chalk, 6'' ruler, small 12" tape measure and my machinists square. I also like that it keeps my clothes relatively clean so I don't drag as much dirt in the house. I have an electric pencil sharpener on my counter. I have 5 or 6 25' measuring tapes that float around the shop near the obvious stationary tools.
Don't fear your tools, pay attention and respect the tools and avoid injury.