Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Teacup Apron

I was surprised when my dear friend mentioned she'd love me to sew her an apron.  Apron?  I know they're cute and all, but I've never wanted one.  And, I'm very comfortable with domesticity, so that's not it.  Well, the thing is I nearly changed my mind when working with these fabrics...

this weekend I...

From the left, these are Flora from Miscellany, a Garden Party dot by Anna Maria Horner, Kona Peony and Antique Flower from Miscellany.  I love, love, LOVE them together!  About halfway through I started thinking maybe I should keep this one and make her another?  Because, the pattern was fun too!  (It's from Sew Liberated.)

and just a few pattern pieces!

There were just a few pattern pieces to cut, as many of the shapes were rectangles with measurements given.  I traced the pattern pieces with a water soluble pencil and cut them out with my rotary cutter.  Nice and fast and smooth!

this. was. fun.


Does the cuteness kill you?  To be honest, I wasn't sure I'd go to the trouble of adding the teacup to the left pocket, as per the pattern, but the rest was falling into place so nicely that I decided to give it a go.  I used my favorite lightweight fusible, Steam-a-Seam Lite II, to fuse the pieces in place.  The zigzag stitching on the edge of the applique pieces helps protect the raw edges, though I think fraying is kind of unlikely with a fusible on a piece that won't often get washed.  Unless she really uses an apron?  But, anyway, the making of this teacup was pure pleasure all the way down to the hand-stitched finishing touches.  I especially adored putting that flower on the cup!

in Miscellany and Garden Party dots

This pattern has quite a few gathers, and that part did slow me down.  Sometimes gathering comes together like nothing; other times, my threads break and break.  But, at least I love the finished result!   My friend wanted something vintage-inspired.  I don't hardly channel "vintage", but I think this counts.

Teacup apron from Sew Liberated

Here's me trying to look cute, even though I don't feel it.  It probably didn't help that I spent the weekend staring at the picture of the author's apron on that tall model!  Anyhoo, I can definitely give this away now.  Laurie's going to be a picture in it!  I've decided to send it in advance.  Maybe she'll wear it on Thanksgiving morning.  Now that's when I'd wear an apron!

hello apron.


Postcript:  I am so thankful for your honest feedback on my big idea kind of plans.  I am glad to report that the curves class is most definitely coming this winter!  I've worked up an outline and have started testing projects.  If there are specific things you'd like to learn or specific quilt blocks you've struggled with, I welcome any of those suggestions.  I already have a lot of projects and themes in the queue, but if it's something that strikes me, I'll see if I can add it in.  Thanks friends!

41 comments:

  1. Oh, Rachel, you'd look cute in anything. I think your friend will love the apron.

    As for curves. I've done drunkard's path blocks and they were a huge PITA. If you can make them easier, I'd definitely give them another go. :)

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  2. The apron is darling! I need one when I bake...as my husband would say - I'm a hot mess in the kitchen :)

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  3. I love it! I am working on an apron right now, too. I am hoping to have it finished before we leave for our Thanksgiving trip next weekend. I am trying to come up with my own pattern for a full that is reversible? I love how feminine this one is! I'm surprised to read that you don't wear aprons, I have for as long as I can remember. :)

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  4. I love the apron... great job! And you should definitely make you one too!

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  5. That is one cute apron! I'm sure your friends will be delighted.

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  6. Cute apron!! I have been known to wear one to stop lots of threads getting all over my clothes - it works!

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  7. My mom used to have my wear an apron when I cooked at home, but I stopped wearing them as an adult for years. Now, I wear them again, because I have ruined too many nice shirts with grease stains. I have been looking at a lot of cute apron patterns recently.

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  8. I love it!!! The apron is wonderful:)

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  9. This apron is perfect. I love it and would probably wear it out! Pure cuteness and it reminds me of something our of Sense and sensibility in form with some fun updated fabric. I SO enjoy your posts when I come by for a visit. :)

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  10. i love it! the tea cup really makes it special. i've made that apron (with a few variations) and never added the teacup applique. it really is perfect and i *love* your addition of the tea bag. nice work! it's beautiful!

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  11. Cute apron. Here's a gathering tip: zigzag over a heavier thread (like embroidery floss), without catching the floss in the stitches, and then pull . . . no broken basting/gathering stitches!!!

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  12. Well, I LOVE aprons, and this one is just too adorable. Great job!

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  13. very cute!! And you know, I started wearing an apron a couple of years ago, when I got one as a gift....and now I wear one ALL the time in the kitchen...with blue jeans and all!

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  14. You are VERY cute! Love the apron. :)

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  15. I love it! I wear aprons all the time in the kitchen and I think I need to pick up this book to make this pattern.

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  16. Love the teabag detail. That really made the apron stand out for me.

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  17. It's just so cute. The teacup is over-the-moon adorable. I do suspect that you might need to make another one for yourself. The fabric combo is delicious!

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  18. I love the detail on the pocket, so cute and homey :)
    Does the cathedral window block count as a curve?? If so, that has my vote. I saw a pillow made with all cathedral windows and I would love to be able to do that!

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  19. "Unless she really uses and apron?" ?????? you must be ushered in to this wonderful thing, my dear. Aprons are the bomb.

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  20. Indygo Junction - Lucy and June - two pattern pieces and ties and a pocket. Really - and super flattering - go look. (It's my pattern)

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  21. I love it. I have started making aprons for friends as well.

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  22. I've never been an apron kinda gal either, but it's darling! And while I didn't notice that the apron model was tall or anything, you look super cute in it, so I guess you'll just have to make yourself one for Thanksgiving!

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  23. This is SO cute - and you look adorable in it. :) (Though I'm not an apron gal, either, as much as I've tried to be.) I love the v-neck and ruffles on this!

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  24. I made an apron for my best friend as a housewarming gift and it was my first time seeing "clothing". I did it without a pattern and the proportions were all wrong, but she loved it. Your friend will be thrilled, this is adorable! You HAVE to make yourself one now! They are oh so fun to wear, especially with ruffles of any kind!

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  25. Oh, I just love, love, love it! And I would totally wear it everyday...and I am not an apron person. ha ha! So beautiful! Glad you added the teacup, it's my favorite part. :)

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  26. I'm working on a Christmas Apron right now for a swap myself. I've made the pattern before but it was a few years ago... just enough time to forget the work that goes into it. ;)

    Yours is adorable of course. As are you as always!

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  27. I always use an apron when I'm cooking - I'm messy! Can't help it :) I don't even have a cute one, just a practical one.

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  28. Lovely! I'm glad you decided to do the teacup as well. It looks wonderful.

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  29. Lovely, so cute!!! The pocket with cup of tea... Great! :-)

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  30. Very adorable, and a great gift!

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  31. what an adorable apron. Great job. LOVE the teacup

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  32. Oh, you guys are too nice. But, really, I'd have to make another pattern for me. I probably need more coverage up top anyways, as I always get flour all over.

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  33. I love that apron pattern and the colors of the one you made. Another post above recommended zig-zagging over embroidery floss and then pulling the floss to make the gathers...works great! And so does DENTAL floss.

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  34. lovely apron. i was also wondering with your classes, would we be online at a certain time or would it be an at your leisure logon class?. btw i think it's brilliant.

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  35. The login would be at your leisure, as the lessons would be posted in a blog format, with the occasional video. Thanks for asking, Jules!

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  36. I love the apron. Especially the pocket applique.

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  37. i love that apron pattern on the model, too. maybe i'll use the bottom of the pattern and do something else for the waist and bodice. i figure that i'd never wear a halter in real life, so why would i think it would look good on me as an apron? what do you think? what changes would you make to the pattern? or would you just make a different pattern all together?

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  38. I've always loved that apron pattern and the fabrics are perfect! Fine job!

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  39. I totally love it. I have been searching for the perfect apron pattern and couldn't find one. Thanks for sharing this!!!

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