These three projects were made through the stretch of the end of last year and April of this year-and none were really for myself either. But all three projects share the same fabric...a mere 1 1/2 yards from Wal-mart. How is that for being economical!? There are polka dots in the print-just look hard in between the bugs and daises.
APRON #1: FOR CHRISTMAS GIFT TO MOTHER-IN-LAW: This apron was made form scratch and followed most of Butterick #5474, view A, but I wanted something other than a tie pulling at the back of her neck. So I used a 40's/50's vintage apron I bought at the St. Mary's, Mo. Antique Mall as the Pattern for the neck. It's just a simple 'large-collar' type that pops over the head and lays nicely on the shoulders.
I centered the border print (which says "All Things Grow With Love") at the bottom of the apron and raised the pockets so as not to interfere with the border. I am glad I remembered (almost didn't) to sew on the pocket and crossed rick-rack in an X on the front BEFORE I sewed on the batiste backing using bias tape. The pockets and the ties were cut with a contrast yellow check cotton, also from Wal-mart. the ties were the most time consuming and bothersome part of the apron, as ties always are for me.
When it was done, the neck collar was a bit too big for me (hung too low) so my very accommodating husband put it on so I could pin it down where I wanted. I just sewed the center in a few inches. The hubby is always happy to help my sewing projects, but there are limits, too...
APRON #2: MOM"S GIFT FOR HER B-DAY JAN. 3: My mom's apron was a UFO floating around my sewing area. It's a refashioned green utility apron, also bought from Wal-mart.
First of all, the ugly shape got cut, keeping the ties (Yes!). The bottom was cut into a wide cloverleaf type design and the top I made identical to the mother-in-law apron. I used the border left over to hand-sew it onto the rectangular pocket, with the same bias tape to finish all the edges. Even used the same yellow rick-rack for the decoration but varied it a little with some added brown lace, with a bow to boot!
APRON #3: MINI APRON TO DECORATE OUR KITCHEN AND CHRISTMAS TREE: This is basically a mini version of apron #1, except I used Simplicity # 2748 view E for the pattern, used yellow rick-rack (again) for the edging and finishing in one, and used a daisy for the right pocket and a dragonfly on the left pocket.
Guess what? The waistband and ties were made from the leftover linen-look rayon that I used on my brow vintage 1949 dress, made last year (I'll post this one sometime, too). I finished this, my first of several mini aprons, in April of 2012.
What works great is a box of mini clothespins that I bought years ago @ Target from the dollar bins. Maybe I was supposed to find a use for them eventually.
These mini aprons are very tedious and time consuming since they are such little work-there's not much room for mistakes! I wouldn't recommend anyone sewing these unless you're in the mood for some patience. I would almost rather sew full size aprons but these are sooooo cute.
Believe it or not, I still have this fabric leftover. I don't want to see it for quite awhile.
FABRIC: all cottons from Wal-mart's fabric dept. except for utility apron bought off the shelf
NOTIONS: all bought on 50% notions sales @ Hancock Fabric
PATTERNS: Simplicity #2748 view E for the mini apron, and Butterick #5474 view A for the full apron
TIME TO COMPLETE: ??? altogether a couple hours on each apron maybe
WORN: Hopefully the two moms wear their gifts and the third apron...well, maybe Barbie will fit in it when it's not hanging in our kitchen