Posts tagged ‘aprons’

August 5, 2010

Heart Aprons – Project HG continues

I sincerely apologize for my extended absence.  Getting ready to move into a new apartment at school has consumed much of my time.  No crafting or cooking, ergo no posting.  But be prepared for some amazing posts coming soon. I am making myself a tier (well sort of) birthday cake, and will take oodles of pictures. The most exciting part is that for my birthday this Saturday, I will going to the 675 mile yard sale. Not the whole thing mind you, but a full days worth. I am so beyond excited!  Anyway, on to today…

In my original plan for making this insane number of aprons, I designed eight different aprons with inspiration from different blogs, pictures or vintage aprons, and I relied heavily on the apron collection at Anthropologie. Everything that company makes is gorgeous! How could I not use it for inspiration (By the way, their new fall catalogue came to me yesterday and there are some incredible coats in there!) Any my second design I cam across this blog that had the cutest heart-shaped aprons.  The tutorial is great. I don’t think I followed it to a T, but I loved the way mine turned out.

10 down, 20 to go!  I think my short-term goal (deadline: August 10) is to finish 15, and then I can finish the other 15 when I get set up in the new apartment or when I get an invitation to the imaginary housewarming parties.

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July 22, 2010

Tutorial

As promised here is the tutorial on the lattice bodice aprons (A little late I know…).

Steps 1: Cut out 28 1 in. by 14 in strips

Step 2: Arrange them vertically and horizontally as you see fit, and then weave them and pin the ends

Step 3: Cut a 30 degree angle on the top corners so the apron lies flat

Step 4: Sew up all of the sides and cut a lining to fit

Step 5: Sew the lining to the bodice leaving a half inch at the top

Step 6: Turn inside out, fold over the raw edge at the top, and press

Step 7: Cut four strips that are 2 1/2 inches wide by whatever length you need to tie around your neck and waist.  I normally cut shorter strips for the neck than the waist.  Fold them in half WS together, but a 45 degree on one end, and sew them together. Turn them inside out and press.

Step 8: Slip the shorter band for the neck ties into the top of the bodice and top stitch along the open egde to secure them. Your bodice is now finished!

On to the skirt…

Step 9: Cut a band for the waist band that is 4 inches wide by whatever length you need to fit a couple of inches less than halfway around your waist.  I normally cut it about 14 inches.  Fold it in half and fold over any raw edges and press.

Step 10: Cut a skirt.  I normally cut a rectangle that is 18 inches by 30 inches.  I either gather or pleat the skirt (depending on my mood) to fit the waistband.  Slip the skirt in the waistband along with the straps to tie around the waist, and topstich to secure them.

I forgot to take pictures of me making the skirt, so this will have to suffice for how I put the skirt together.

Step 11:  Center the bodice on the skirt’s waistband and topstitch along the top of the waistband. Now go cook something!

If you do decide to make it, I would love to see pictures of your creations! If  you have any questions, comment or email me!

July 20, 2010

Lattice Bodice Aprons

I finally finished the lattice aprons! (That’s what I’m calling them anyway :)).  Some have pleated bottoms, some have gathered bottoms, and one has a ruffle at the end because I got a little bored. I now have seven of my 30 aprons finished.  Yahoo! I look forward to trying another pattern tomorrow.  There is no rest for those who have committed themselves to making lots of aprons.

As promised I will post a tutorial, but that will happen tomorrow because I’m feeling a bit of tired of looking at and producing the same apron pattern day after day.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I finally finished when good light was still shining, so you get the view from my balcony.

Wow, I didn’t realize how much yellow I used in the aprons until just now. It’s a happy color though!

July 14, 2010

Project Housewarming Gifts

In May when I thought I would finish my quilt before June started, I decided I would make aprons as housewarming gifts for the people I know who are moving off campus.  Well I have more friends than I thought I did.  After I finally made the list (at the beginning of July), I had 30 aprons to make. 30! What was I thinking?  Well, I’ll tell you.  I was thinking, “Isn’t it a shame that people don’t really bring hostess gifts anymore or have housewarming parties?”  I then decided that I will bring back all of those lovely traditions that make my life feel a little more Martha Stewarty.  Gracious living as my aunt calls it.  So why not make 30 aprons? I can make one a day and finish in time, right? Wrong. I sure hope these imaginary housewarming parties that my friends should throw will not be happening the first two weeks I get back.  It is now July 14, and I have only made three aprons.  I might be burning the midnight oil a bit in the coming weeks!

I will keep everyone updated on the progress made on this crazy project, and I’ll post tutorials or links to ones that I used if you too decide to make a myriad of aprons!  To begin this journey, I started making lattice aprons from strips of fabric I found in the bottom of my scrap pile.  (Every time I think I shrink it, more keeps popping up. Can fabric reproduce?)  Francesca models the aprons beautifully don’t you think? Tutorial coming soon!