Wednesday, March 04, 2009

400 Miles of Apron Hem

I'm an apron kind of Girl. I have to be it's the only hope I have of staying clean :) I have my cooking aprons and I have my lets make art aprons. Then I have "going to town aprons". These are my cute sassy aprons. I make these from an OLD Daisy Kingdom (remember them from the late 80-90s?) pattern. It's long about mid calf, straps cross in the back and slips over your head.

I did alter it a bit so it doesn't scream big bangs and padded shoulders meets Earth Mother :) A lot more fitted, grown up colors & materials. Swapped the EXL tee for a med and got rid of the white socks. I wear them over the top of a fitted tee and my longer fitted skirts. In the Summer I make them out of light weight cool materials and in the winter I make them out of regular wt. cottons in darker colors. That's pretty much how you can tell what season it is here, the color of cloths :) So I have two new aprons sewn and ready to be hemmed out of some nice summery colors. The pattern calls for the entire apron edge to be finished with seam binding. Most of the time I just turn the edge over with a nice clean hem. There are about 4 yards of edges to pin under to topstitch the hem. This is a lot of pinning and it always takes me a bit of time cuz I have to give my finger joints the rest breaks they demanded in their work contract. :)

So while I was hemming I was doing a bit of blog hopping, and I found a couple of things to share. In Carol at Raised in Cotton's entry today, she was awarded a best junker award from the Junk Revolution. It's a really great web site that has been created by one of the editors of Country Home magazine. Remember the section where the two "junkaholics" hit the flee markets and then create treasure for their home with their findings?? Ki also has a blog she calls Junk Camp, when you have a bit of time go check it out. It really is fun and she has short, easy tutorials on projects to make.
When I stopped by to say howdy to Tristan he was talking about the kids at Moonlight Hollow having a treasure hunt for their 100 post. I think that will be loads of fun. I haven't been on a scavenger hunt since the kids were little So here's another blog to go visit and sign up to go treasure hunting with us. I just hope they aren't going to have us find to many exotic things like say a snow shovel (no no no don't throw that I didn't mean...) where am I going to find one around here??

Back to pinning aprons. Have a most audacious day or evening my Bloglandian friends depending on where in the world you are ;)


Coastal Sisters said...

OMG I have an apron fetish! I love them! I just bought a pink one with skulls and lace on it....TOTALLY non-traditional and now I am looking for one with Amy Butler fabric. How different can you get? Yea, I know I am weird but that's what makes me interesting, right? (giggle)

LS & #2 xoxo

Charmingdesigns said...

I was just catching up on your is so wonderful!!! Sounds like you are having the time of your life!! laurie

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Those aprons sound interesting! Yer clever to be able to alter the pattern, that takes some real sewing know-how.

xashee's corner said...

your aprons sound WONDERFUL! :) and that pattern is surely PRETTY!
Thank you for sharing the links to other blogs too! it's so FUN meeting new people! and that hunt sounds really FUN! hehe :) Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Lisa "Oceandreamer" Swifka said...

I have a new pattern similar to that one (and yes I remember Daisy Kingdom patterns) make that kind of apron. I LOVE aprons. I usually wear an apron when working in my studio as I have a habit (like a kid) to rub my hands on my jeans or whatever I'm wearing if I don't. (before I even think about it I have glue or paint or something on me)

I made a shorter apron with all pockets for wearing to flea markets. That way I don't have to carry a bag and can use my cart and be hands free.

You've been a busy gal!!


Tracy M. said...

I love those aprons! Show us some pictures of yours, I would love to see them. I like your pictures from the previous post, looking good. ;)

Linda said...

That apron pattern is so sweet - I hope to see a picture of you in yours Pattie! I must admit I have never worn an apron in my life... never even owned one. But I do have the messiest pair of paint splattered trousers ...maybe I need to rethink.
I have just lost almost an hour to Tristan's blog and have you to thank(blame) for that. It never fails to amaze me how many fabulous artists there are in blogland.
Love all your photos...
Linda xoxo

ByLightOfMoon said...

I love your apron pattern, Ibet they are beautiful, I will pretend I am the blonde girl in the pattern!
smiles, cyndi

Rustic Tarts said...

Pattie, have you seen that Bari j have an apron giveaway at present?
If not, here is the link to her blog:
and if you win you can have it for 6 months and then I will have it for 6 months!!!

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