May was a bit of a whirlwind. I was out of town twice (for the Tinkerbell 10K at Disneyland with my sister and some friends, and then to Monterey for a relaxing couple of days with my husband) and I threw a birthday party for my three year old daughter in between. For all these reasons and some previous procrastinating, the apron and chef's hat I had planned to make for her birthday was a belated gift. ;-)
I've made three sets of these before and I just love them. The pattern (links to patterns available on Making It Fun) is thorough and it's a well finished product. My son loves his Very Hungry Caterpillar set and my daughter is quite pleased to have her own. She was even willing to do a bit of wiggly modeling.
A little blurry, but I wanted to show how I tie the apron on the tiny child. The neck strap has an adjustable D ring, but if I cinched it up tight enough to keep the apron from nearly dragging on the floor it would be choking her. So, I put the waist straps through the neck loop before I tie them which keeps the apron up nicely. It will grow with her for many years. The hat has a velcro closure, so it will also fit for quite some time. Truth be told, it's a little big for her at the moment.
She was "over it" on the modeling so here's the other side of the reversible apron.
I feel like my sewing has been a bit "go go go" lately, so I need to pick something a little less time consuming for this month's go to project. The weather has warmed up, so we're outdoors more, there are some non-sewing projects around the house that really need my attention, and my little one turns three this month. So, for my A Lovely Year of Finishes May goal, I intend to finish her apron and chef's hat. It's cut out and ready to sew (except maybe for interfacing), and I know she's itching to have it. When her brother is at school she borrows his, but she really wants her own. And it's been a long while since she picked out the fabric.
I'm participating in the Patchwork City Metro Block of the Month with The Intrepid Thread. It started in February with fabric to make two blocks each month. At the beginning of April the fabric was piling up, as I'd only pieced part of one of the first four blocks. So my April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes was to get caught up on my blocks. This month I finished all six blocks!
I'm having a great time with this project and think it will be easier to stay on track now that I'm caught up. I'm finding the freezer paper method to be working really well for me an I've only had to rip out a couple rows of stitching (namely on those turquoise diamonds). ;-) Thanks again to ALYoF for giving me the push to get it done!
P.S. Tomorrow sign ups start for my Halloween Mini Swap on Instagram. You can see all the details here and find me @sarahmgoer on IG (where I'll be posting the sign up link) if you'd like to participate.