Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunny Skies apron

so dark today...


Today it's actually dark and gloomy with chill fall temps and threatening storm clouds.  I've made the best of a few spots in my house that have almost enough light on such a dark day.  How ironic to be photographing an apron that exudes sunshine.  That particular shade of yellow, paired with turquoise blue and whispy florals - I couldn't help but dub this one "Sunny Skies."

Sunny Skies Apron


Here's my apron!  I followed the Teacup Apron pattern from Sew Liberated by Meg Elwee.  Although I really want to try the Emmeline apron that so many of you recommended, I practically fell into making this one again, what with the pattern pieces were already cut out.

from Sew Liberated (the 
book)

Plus, I have a hunch my friend will love the halter style.  Can't wait to see it on her!

 nice, tidy seams

One of the things I appreciate about this pattern is that it's not lined (saves fabric), but the seems are so tidy with most of them cleanly encased.  The two exposed seems I finished with an overcast stitch, using that special foot.  In the pattern, the empire waist is finished with grommets and tiny, corset-style ties at back.  Like last time, I altered the empire waist tie to simplify the pattern, while keeping the tie fabric doubled so that the ties are pretty from both sides as they fall at the back.

Chevron ribbon trim

This time, I didn't do the tea cup applique, but I did use some chevron ribbon that I had bought earlier this year from Fresh Modern Fabric to trim the pocket.  I'd never have bothered to go to the store just for trim, so I'm glad I had some options on hand.   I think it turned out nicely!

Well, that's another gift ready to give!  I'm not quite sure what I'll sew up next... 

hedging...


This Saturday, I did yard work from morning til 4 pm.  My back and arms got a work out!  Here's a glimpse of some of my hedge work. Our house is practically surrounded by these azalea bushes that grow monstrously every year, as if straining to block off our windows.  They were overdue for hedging, plus I needed to trim them away from the house to clear for painting.  I think I'm halfway done, so next weekend I'll bravely set out again.  For now, a week's retreat indoors with plenty of time behind the sewing machine is just what I need to muster my strength.

Happy Monday!

::Fabric Notes::
Apron bodice and waistband:  Chicopee Paisley in lime and Chicopee Bleeding Heart, which I requested and received from Freespirit.
Apron skirt: Madrona Road Wild Carrot in straw, which I requested and received from Pink Chalk Fabrics.
Pocket trimChevron twill tape, purchased from Fresh Modern Fabric.

15 comments:

  1. That is a sweet apron Rachel, lucky friend!!

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  2. what a gorgeous apron, Rachel. I love all the colors together, totally reminds me of sunny skies.

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  3. love the apron rachel. it is so happy and bright. i know she is going to love it so much! the chevron ribbon is the perfect addition too.

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  4. adorable apron!! love the touch of ribbon on the pockets - the perfect extra touch! what a lucky friend!

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  5. What a gorgeous gorgeous apron .... still remember my great grandmother and her aprons. Funny how something like an apron can bring back such nice memories.

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  6. That is sooo cute Rachel - and I hear ya on the overcast foot, I got a new machine last week and it came with one, I made a little pair of pants for my five year old earlier and it was a revelation! x

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    1. It makes finishing those edges so much nicer than before!

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  7. Great fabric choices! I love Madrona Road. I would wear that out! Maybe I'll make one as a sewing apron so all my threads can attach themselves to the apron and not my clothes!

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    1. Haha - now there's a thought. A sewing apron just to block thread. See how clever you are!

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  8. I love that floral print from Madrona road so much! Your apron certainly does feel sunny and will make a lovely gift for your friend. :) You fabric notes section is a great idea too (both for your own organization and for your readers).

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  9. I like the fabric notes, too. Very transparent.

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    1. Oh, good! I have been wondering how they went over..

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  10. really beautiful Rachel......Nice Week

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  11. ooh that's so cute! I totally agreed with you a few posts back...half aprons are adorable and I want to wear one so much, but they're just not practical.

    Also, I'm going to geek out for a minute...I almost died when I saw that you commented on my blog. lol. Thanks for that. Now I have to post more regularly. :)

    www.writingsaftersunset.blogspot.com

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  12. I've loved seeing your versions of this apron so much, I just bought the book off Amazon. You're very inspiring!

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