Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Tea and Crumpets

Lately I've been inspired to dress up more. I'll have more to share on that later, but for now, suffice it to say that wearing nicer clothes in daily life necessitates some sort of protection.

Otherwise known as an apron.

I've made plenty of aprons in my time, but none of my previous designs were really whetting my appetite.

And then I saw the Tea-And-Crumpets Apron from Anthropologie!

I started on my own slightly modified version the very same day, and here's the result:




The skirt fabric was a nightmare. It frayed like crazy, and was also very slippery (the backside is quite shiny). But it was free to me, and it really is a lovely color. 

A big sash in the back was a must! And I carried the white ruffle all the way up the sides of the skirt.



I couldn't resist some contrast piping in a lovely brown corduroy I had lying about. I was afraid it might look a bit odd, since there's no other brown on the apron, but I'm quite pleased with the look.

Ruching the strips for the bib was quite tedious, as the fabric is a thick brushed twill. But I wanted something sturdy, and it did the trick.




I couldn't resist a little floral detail, though my flower is rather less rambunctious than the Anthro version!




 





This apron was really quite simple, and I think it will be nice to have something fabulous to wear over my clothes! Now let's see if I'll actually wear it; I don't have the best track record in that department...

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love it Shannon! I too noticed Anthro's apron, and didn't want to fork out $20 for it, even though it was on sale. It never occurred to me to make one myself!

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  2. Cheri, I know -- it's hard to pay that much money for an apron! Though the Anthro aprons are almost cute enough to tempt me. :-)

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  3. I feel a bit funny commenting on your blog... perhaps I should identify myself as "the other Shannon"... But this is just lovely! I confess I've made no truly cute aprons for myself. Somehow time needed and predicted use seem to outweigh the benefits. Your version is absolutely beautiful!

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  4. Beautiful job! I like your apron far better than the apron sold by Anthropologie. Aprons are so fun. I wear one almost everyday while doing my housework. : )

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  5. Exquisete Shannon!! :D I actually think I like your version much better. It turned out as a lovely copy-cat version... perfect for entertaining and sunny baking in the kitchen! :)

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  6. Shannon, (the "other one" :-) I have a hard time spending sewing time/fabric on aprons, too. But I'm determined to wear this one more, so maybe it will be worth it!

    Sarah and Rachel, I'm so glad to hear you like it!

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  7. Beautiful!!! I tend to like your rendition of Anthropology better than the originals and this is no exception.

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  8. Wow, thank you! It's funny, because after I made it I thought it didn't come out quite as summery and cheerful as the Anthro version -- but maybe I can say I was going for a more "sophisticated" look and pretend I did it on purpose :-) I so appreaciate your thoughtful words, Nanny!

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  9. that´s beautiful!! you sure are a talented seamstres

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  10. It's lovely!! I also prefer your interpretation to the original... Would also love to hear more about your spiffy wardrobe. :) I've fallen off the bandwagon of dressing "nicely" this summer but I am determined to climb back on. :)

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  11. So pretty! The ruffled bib portion is my favorite, the little details always add up to be worth the while. (I'm not very good at wearing aprons either) ~Shannon

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