Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My First Handmade Apron!

I have a serious sewing bug! First the tote, now the vintage-style apron! I have something else I cooked up (not literally) last night, but I'll save that for later this week. Anywho, I'm not sure where this came bug came from. One minute, I was hiding the sewing machine (that I was slightly intimidated by) under the side table in my living room, the next, it's taken over the dining room table along with piles of cloth, rick-rack, ribbon, vintage buttons, and other sewing goodies. Now, I finally get to put all the supplies I stocked up on several months ago to good use.

I suppose I can credit the success of my first project this weekend and how much easier it was to do than I thought it would be...or could I could credit the most-awesome craftiness of the authors and contributors of all the crafty books I've been stocking up on...or I could consider that I may have gained some extra craftiness through osmosis by spending all day with the crafters at the Etsy Crafting Patch Market. I like to think it's a combination of all of the above that led to my second project - the Vintage Apron in Bend The Rules Sewing by Amy Karol:

Gathering my materials

Getting ready to put the pieces together

Sewing the last bit - finishing the waist band

The directions said to embellish as I wanted, so I added a simple pocket with some pretty rick-rack

It's far from perfect - the gathering wasn't so hot and I didn't sew the lines quite as straight as I could have, but I'm pretty proud of this for my first apron project. Can't wait to wear it for my next cooking adventure. Thanks Amy for the fun project!


Sarah and Jack said...

And so it begins....

One little project turns into "this isn't so hard" which turns into "hmmm, I kinda like this" which turns into an entire room full of fabric and a brand new (expensive) sewing machine!

Welcome to it!

Shopaholic D said...

You're exactly right! When I was younger, I only ever sewed pillow cases. Then, what did I try out earlier this year? An entire duvet cover - enough fabric to burn me out for months! I'm really loving these smaller, simpler projects!

Hmm...a new sewing machine? That would be nice...but maybe I could get a serger first???

:) D

sew nancy said...

Isn't Amy's book great?
Sewing is addictive. The quick projects are satisfying. i've been wanting to do some new aprons too so I think i'll give this a go soon.
Thanks for your comment on my blog. I loved your story about finding the embroidery box with all the floss and wow I'm so jealous of the organization by color with their #'s and all

Shopaholic D said...

Hey Sew Nancy - yes, it's wonderful! I think I may have tried to be too ambitious on the project before the tote. I made a duvet cover earlier this year and totally burned myself out. I'm too impatient for that...or at least, I like to have some faster projects to work on while finishing a slower one up.

Sad thing about the embroidery box is that I'm thinking of reorganizing it by #, instead of by the DMC chart. Now, if I could only find a spare 3 or 4 hours to do it! lol

:) D