BlueflowerTreasures

August 22, 2008

A is for Apron: Amoeba

Filed under: A is for Apron, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 4:35 pm

Another A is for Apron review.  I think this is the fourth?  Anyway, I do love the aprons in this book, so it probably won’t be the last!

The designer for this apron is Joan Hand Stroh.  In the book, she is quoted to say “I prefer classic, tailored clothing, so I seldom make frilly aprons.  Never underestimate the impact of a simple design.” Oh, so true for me, too.

As usual, I made some changes to the apron.  First off, I made mine reversible.  I prefer two layer aprons, probably because I’m a messy cook, and I always have trouble with bias binding a single layer of fabric.

      

I also used wider bias tape, because I had just gotten this lovely Michael Miller pindot trim and thought it looked great with my Chocolate Lollipop fabric.  It’s cotton tape (not polyester like the Wright’s brand) and the difference is clear.  It goes around curves and corners much smoother. 

    

Then I lengthened the ties.  I could tell by the picture in the book that the ties weren’t very long, so I added several inches, so that the apron could be worn by a larger woman (like me!).  Also, the pattern calls for the fabric to be cut on the bias, but I didn’t, mostly because I didn’t have enough of either print to do that.  If you were using a single layer of fabric, I’d recommend that you did cut it on the bias, I think it would fit better (because it would stretch slightly).

As for the directions in the book…after the struggles I encountered making the first three aprons, I largely ignored them.  But reading through them, I don’t see any obvious problems, just the usual A is for Apron and M is for Make it More Complicated Than it Should Be stuff.

I have listed this at Retro Femme for tonight’s stocking.  If you like the apron, but would like different fabrics (there’s a link over there —-> to my fabric album), please contact me.  I’d love to make more of this apron!

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August 4, 2008

Getting Back to Business

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 7:11 pm

My break is over…and not only was it too short (aren’t vacations always too short?)…I didn’t accomplish half of what I wanted to.  Sigh.  At least I have another month before we start homeschooling and three months before the baby is born.  Maybe, just maybe, I can cross off a lot of projects from my sewing to-do list before our newest son makes his entrance.

In the meantime, I’ve listed a couple things at Beautiful Enchantments.   The Waldorf apron and a new tote I made today.  I’m really liking this tote…I will definitely be making other totes like this.

            

If I can, I’m going to make a little zipper pouch tomorrow, using some very cute Japanese hedgehog canvas and deep chocolate corduroy, with a turquoise ribbon trim.  Check back to see if I can get it done!

May 16, 2008

The apron that needs a name

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 3:13 pm

I put together another of my fun, retro, strip pieced half aprons today.  The main floral print is Alexander Henry Birch Blossom and I found some great coordinates in the quilting section of Joann’s.  I just love how bright and springy this apron looks.  It’s listed at RetroFemme tonight.

I made a similar apron last month from my mostest favorite collection (at least just now) of fabric:  Katie Jump Rope.  In case you didn’t see that post, here it is:

Now, I need a catchy name for this apron. Something with two words, the blank blank apron. Something fun but not cutesy (cuz’ I’m not cutesy, lol). I’m thinking of someday selling this pattern, so I need a name that is catchy and fun and retro and memorable. Any ideas?

I put up a custom slot for this apron at RF, too, with Michael Miller Ginger Blossom as a choice.  And two more slots for Semi-Custom Coming & Going Bags.  I may be very busy soon (I hope!).

Thanks for looking and thanks for any name ideas!

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