BAMQG had a kitchen themed gift exchange for the holiday party. My partner, Gerre, wanted an orange apron. After extensive searching through many, many apron patterns I settled on the Pretty Ditty Apron by Jaime Christina after seeing this cute version posted by Hip Stitch on Instagram. (Definitely visit Hip Stitch if you are in Albuquerque, NM. Great shop. Great people.)
Orange is not a color I stash much of, so I visited my local quilt shop to find just the right combination of fabrics. In the end I chose the butterfly print because Gerre had also mentioned Low Volume in the color category. I was concerned that a low volume fabric would show stains easily, but I liked that this print had a low(ish) volume background. I decided it would be a good option for the bust and ties of the apron. It took me about five hours to sew, not including cutting time. There was an optional ruffle for the bottom hem which I chose not to include. And the apron is reversible with two pockets on each side. The reverse side features Moda Grunge fabric... I need to use more of that.
The party and gift exchange was today. I knew Gerre would like the apron, but it was fun to see her wear it for the rest of the party. Here she is!
I received an iPad stand, which I'm excited to have for using while I'm cooking. And my daughter is thrilled that she can use it while she watched Cupcake Wars. ;-) She may have told my husband that the iPad stand was for her.
We are into week two of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. For me it could be called the 31 Day Late Night Blog Writing Challenge. ;-) Thanks for reading. Check out others who are participating in the challenge by following the link to Cheryl's blog.
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'm linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes for completing my May goal and the Sew Darn Crafty link-up.
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This finish is one of my Q2 Finish Along goals. I'm linking up with the Q2 Finishes party.
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.
Here are the other chef's hats and apron that made in 2011 and 2013.
Want to make your own? Links to the PDF patterns can be found on the sidebar of Stardust Shoes blog.
Linking up to ALYoF May Goals party.