Wednesday, September 30, 2009

*Not* in the Shop


Now that "The Dress" is done, I'm in the mood for more stashbusting. And as I pulled yet another "girly" decorator fabric out of my stash, inspiration hit. Actually, that sounds rather violent. Let me try that again. Inspiration descended upon me like gentle dew. At any rate, this is what happened:



I fell in love with this morning glory print when I discovered it several years ago. It was only two-something per yard (and the fabric shop gave me an extra yard because there was a stain), and it was Waverly! I love just about every fabric that Waverly has ever produced. But I digress. The fabric is just the right weight for a sturdy apron, and it has the loveliest brushed cotton feel. And I had enough fabric for an Edwardian Apron, which is such a lovely and simple pattern.



It was a close contest between hunter green and burgundy bias trim, but I'm glad I went for the green. Oh, and as a note -- this pattern runs huge! I made it a size down from my dress size, and it still feels a bit big.



I haven't made an apron for myself in about four years (and my other two aprons look like it!), so I decided that this one was for "keeps." But I do have enough fabric left for, say, a scallop apron. So you won't find this one in the shop, but one of its cousins may make an appearance soon!

*Edited to add new pictures*

17 comments:

  1. Oh!!! It's GORGEOUS!!! You look beautiful!! I am looking forward to getting that pattern eventually; it's such a lovely pattern!

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  2. Oh it's beautiful! I LOVE Waverly! I have some beautiful rose dishes - and some pillows done in their beautiful fabric. I love how the apron turned out - it's beautiful! The colours are just gorgeous!!!

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  3. Oh it IS lovely!! I can see why you wouldn't want to part with it! If you are making a scallop apron out of that fabric for your shop, can I buy it?

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  4. It's gorgeous! And you look lovely in it Shannon! I really should buy this pattern - it always look great!

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  5. How lovely! You are slowly but surely filling up your hope chest ~ what joy you will be bringing to your beloved!

    lady m

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  6. You look gorgeous, and your apron is beautiful! I have the pattern and I really want to make it soon. (Thanks for the heads-up about the sizing.)

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  7. I understand why you fell for the fabric -- it's very pretty. Your new apron looks great and should keep you well-protected from splatters!

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  8. I love it! I really want to try that pattern, but I have so many aprons ready to be sewn up that I really need to finish those up before I can even think of a way to justify another apron. ;)

    I have a slightly off-topic question for you though. I have a copy of McCalls 5431, which I know you have used and loved. I was wondering if you think it would work nicely in a thin/baby wale corduroy? I haven't actually pulled it out and looked at the details at this point, so perhaps it will be obvious and I can answer my own question... but sometimes patterns can be a bit restricting when they suggest fabrics, so I thought I would ask and see what you thought. :) Sorry for the rambling comment!

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  9. Thank you all so much for your kind words! Now I just have to train myself to actually wear an apron... *sigh* ;-)

    Cheri, you're definitely welcome to buy the scallop version when I make it! :-)

    Tilly, I can't see why a light corduroy would be a problem with M5431. It is a rather full skirt pattern, so the only problem might be the bulk -- but it does have a waist yoke, which cuts down on bulk at the waist. I've made it once or twice in some stiffer fabrics, and it seems fine to me!

    Yours in Christ,
    Shannon

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  10. My sweet Shannon, How radiant you look in this picture. The apron is simply beautiful, and so are you. I thank the Lord that He loaned you to us and how He has and continues to work in your life. And now God has sent you such a wonderful, godly young man to soon be your husband. I look forward to seeing how the Lord will use you together for His Honor and Glory. Love from your one and only MUM!

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  11. Pretty! I love the fabric - I used the fabric shown at http://www.custom-kitchen-covers-plus.com/images/fabric%20pictures/fabric%20pictures%20070.jpg to make my edwardian apron.

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  12. Thanks, Mum! :-)

    Hannah Jane, I love the fabric you used! So bright and cheerful!

    Yours in Christ,
    Shannon

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  13. Natasha Atkerson10/06/2009 7:10 PM

    Hi, my Mom saw me looking at this on the Sense and Sensibilty forum, and totally freaked! She said "Its the exact apron I've been looking for, for almost two years!" I never saw a mention of WHAT pattern your using?? If you could tell me the pattern, I would be so grateful!Thanks!

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  14. Natasha, the pattern is the Edwardian Apron pattern from Sense & Sensibility patterns. Here's the address: http://www.sensibility.com/pattern/main/?page_id=41 You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it. I'm so glad your mom found an apron that she likes! I can testify that it's wonderful! :-)

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  15. Dear Shannon, I would just like to congratulate you on the edwardian apron. Both you and the apron look lovely. We (both dd's and I) wear both the Jewels and the Edwardian apron styles. I am interested in the straight shoulder ties on your apron. Do you find they tend to fall off when bending and reaching down? I have mine crossed from shoulder to waist, because I had trouble with the apron straps falling off. We now have the ties crossing, it is a simple adjustment to the pattern.

    Blessings in His Name,
    Grace.

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  16. Grace, many thanks for your kind words! As for you question, I haven't personally had any trouble with the apron straps falling, but sometimes they do feel insecure. Also, I usually make the apron a size smaller and take up some fabric at the bottom of the strap to make it more snug (the pattern has now been redone to include petite sizing adjustments, which I may try on my next one!). The idea of crossing the ties is great -- much more secure that way!

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  17. I love the gift wrap bag.
    I had found your 2008 blog where you found the fabric. I was looking through reading to see what you finally made. You are very talented. I would love to purchase this item from you but I was not sure if you sew to sell or only for personal use.
    Pauline in NY

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