Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Belated Valentine's Apron

Here it is! Finally! My latest sewing project. I actually finished it almost two weeks ago but am just now working up the motivation to post about it.

I've had my eye on this heart fabric since I saw it on the Jo-Ann website several months ago. But, being the cheapskate I am, I decided to wait and see if it went on clearance after Valentine's Day. Sadly it didn't but I did find it on sale for 50% off so I decided to get it anyway. I'm not totally sure why but it reminds me a bit of the midcentury cookbook illustrations I love so much. You know the ones I'm talking about; they're black and white drawings accented with a single color--like this and this. Maybe it's a stretch, but that's what I see in this fabric. So of course I thought it would be a perfect match for this vintage pattern I had in my stash.

Even though I've already made two aprons this year, I couldn't resist this pattern. I picked it up at a thrift store about two years ago for ten cents. Can't beat that price! This is the only apron pattern I've come across with a detachable bib. That's sort of surprising considering it's such a genius idea. I love the look of half aprons but they really aren't all that practical for actually protecting your clothes while cooking. So it's nice to be able to wear this as a half or a full apron.

This was my first time making buttonholes and it was much easier than I thought it would be. Thank god for buttonhole feet! The pattern gives instructions for working the buttonholes by hand and I can only imagine how tedious that would be. Though the buttonholes were easy, the bias binding was another story. This was another first for me. I had a very easy time attaching it across the front panel on the skirt of the apron but the bib style I chose had both curves and sharp corners which were much more finicky. In the end I think the bias binding ended up looking great. This is in no small part thanks to the wonderful tutorials over on Wearing History. I am in awe of this woman's sewing talents. Definitely check her out!

Overall this pattern was very easy to follow and I will definitely be using it again. I can never have too many aprons!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tracy! I didn't see this post when I found your pie! You are such a cute little Suzie-Homemaker! And I mean that in all the most positive ways! The apron is adorable! I've never seen one made with that pattern! Makes me want to try and sew again! I'm such a novice and get discouraged with it quickly! That's why I don't sew much! I don't know when I've completed a garment! I hope you find the right house with the right yard this summer. Wait for the right one, though! Blessings from Bama!