Thursday, February 12, 2015

• Of Ric-rac and Aprons •



This week, our church hosted a ladies' craft night. It naturally follows that I would be wearing an apron, since aprons are my favorite
Of course, I couldn't just wear any old apron. I had to have a new one! So, with only about 2 hours before we had to eat and leave, I started making it. Let's just say my sewing machine got some strenuous exercise. But that's good for it, right?


I wanted to make one with ruffles on the shoulders and seam binding all the way around, but in view of my schedule, I opted for an easier design. I used See & Sew B5518, altering the bodice slightly because I wasn't putting in elastic, and I put on a different pocket. Oh, and did I mention ric-rac?
I wanted it to look something like view C in Simplicity 3544, so I added the cute little rows of ric-rac on the top, bottom and around the pocket.
If I use this pattern again, I will definitely be lengthening the straps by several inches at least. I should have measured them before I made them, but I wasn't taking time for anything like that when I made it. No pins, no markings. Just cut and run!!
Believe me, when I'm making a dress, I do things quite a bit more carefully.


Just as a side note, the dress Thelma Lou is wearing is not sheer unless you happen to have tomato-colored skin. That would be an inconvenience.
In any case, it's so nice to have a new apron to wear! I might just have to sew another one soon! :)





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14 comments:

  1. So pretty! I LOVE that floral fabric. :D

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    1. Thanks, Miss Michelle! I love it too - I wish I had 100 yards of it!! My whole house would be covered in it. ;)

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  2. It's so cute! And two hours!? Wow, that's fast! :O

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    1. Thank you, Milky Usagi!! It was pretty nerve-wracking to sew it that fast!! :)

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  3. Aprons are one of favorite items to sew! I love the fabric and ric-rac, so feminine and vintage looking!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah!! Aprons are my favorite too, in fact, they were what I started out sewing before I learned how to make dresses. They're just so fun!! :)

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  4. I love this, it is too cute! I am making an apron for a friend's little girl at the moment and I think your ric rac trim is lovely. Aprons are my favourite sewing as well!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jayne Marti!! I just love ric-rac too! :)

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  5. I love the idea that you rushed to make an occasion-specific apron! Only a seamstress...

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    1. Kira, I know, isn't it hilarious? I am kind of weird like that. ;)

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  6. This is so adorable! Love the fabric and ric rac you used, it looks fabulously cute :-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Draped in Cloudlets! :)

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  7. Dear Esther,
    Firstly let me say how much I liked reading your blog. I don't get a lot of spare time so it takes something special to hold my attention. I love your apron, you did a wonderful job with it. Also, I would like to say how pleasant it is to see a young lady sewing and wearing modest ,feminine clothing. It would be nice if more young ladies followed your example.
    I wear an apron all day every day it seems, you could say I live in an apron .lol Two of my favorite styles are the "Edwardian" apron and the "Jewels" or "Prairie" apron . (links supplied)
    http://www.candleonthehill.net/store/catalog.php?item=266 http://www.candleonthehill.net/store/catalog.php?item=40 Both these aprons are long and full and go with my long dresses a treat. Like you one must have a "going out" apron and I had an Edwardian style apron made with shoulder and hem ruffles with cross over shoulder straps and extra long ties. The perfect apron for church socials and special occasions. I do love the material you choose for your apron, I tend to choose less bolder fabric, mainly plain pastel colours or a gingham with white trim. (as in my ruffled apron) :) Hope you are well.

    Blessings,
    Grace.

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    1. Hi Grace!
      Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments!! :) I too love aprons, although I have gotten so involved in garment sewing lately, I haven't had time to make one!
      Those aprons are lovely! I love wearing long dresses, and long aprons are equally as fun.
      Thanks so much for commenting! It was lovely to hear from you!

      Esther

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