Sunday, 18 September 2011

My kingdom for an apron!

One thing I've been wanting for a long time is a nice apron. Not just a generic style apron, but something pretty, classic and evocative. I want it to inspire me to bake. I want to feel like Martha Stewart or Nigella Lawson when I put it on.
Isn't it pretty?
I mentioned in a previous post that my girlfriends and I had been on a shopping trip to Spotlight the other week, and that I finally found a pattern that I liked (and on sale too, more importantly!) and some fabric that I LOVED. But in amongst all my other bits and pieces I just hadn't had a chance to get it started.
I also love that the pattern is multi size & multi design.. and do you love my fabric as much as I do?
Well! On Tuesday night, after I finished cutting shapes for my Hedwig owls I pulled my pattern out and cut out all the pattern pieces that I needed. On Wednesday night after finishing my owls I got my fabric out to press.
Pattern pieces pinned.. dammit, the fabric is folded the wrong way.
On Friday morning I went and laid out my fabric, laid out my pattern pieces, adjusted my fabric to minimise waste and finally pinned all my pattern pieces to the fabric. Then I realized that I'd folded it right sides out instead of right sides together! Argh! Oh well, it won't matter- all of the pieces are symmetrical. So I experimented with cutting my pieces out with my rotary cutter instead of scissors and how much quicker and easier is that?!
That was quick! I love my rotary cutter.
Then I had to set aside my sewing so that I could go to a soy wax candle making workshop with some girlfriends (as blogged on Needles in the Haystack).

After my fragrant excursion Bean, Blossom and I headed back over to my mother-in-law's to show her the candles, have a cup of tea and have her amuse the kids while I holed myself up in my sewing room. I prepared the pockets and attached them to the skirt, then I pressed and hemmed the skirt.
"Easing" the corners while pressing

One pocket all done!
Two pockets all done!

Pockets sewn on. Can you see them? Neither can I.

Pressing the hem on the skirt
After I'd pinned the lace to the skirt I realized that it was quite late and I really needed to take the kids home for bed and cook dinner for my ever patient husband!
Lace all pinned and ready to sew

I'd hoped to finish it off today, but with dancing concert rehearsals, tee ball "meet the coach" day and a "reward" visit to our local indoor play center, the day has just disappeared on me! But there's always tomorrow, right?


  1. Love it! How do you get so much done? I think I need a pretty apron, too, for when I get all Domestic Diva-y. I'm sure that apple pie I made this week would have been better if I had an apron like that! LOL!

    Have a super day!

    Jennifer Schifano Eutsler

  2. What a pretty apron - the fabric you found is perfect!! I am sure it will help you channel your inner Nigella :)


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