All told for Christmas, I made 5 aprons:
Plus one pair of PJ bottoms.
(The way Darth stares at me kind of freaks me out!!)
I’m so happy with all of these. The last two aprons- the ones with the ruffles- are so cute that I’m going to make 3, possibly 4 more. I made them, and then I wanted one! And my sister wants one, plus two more for some relatives that live far away. And heck…I may even make one for a really good friend. Now that I’ve made two, I think I have the process pretty streamlined and could make one in a couple of hours.
On the pink one, I did put the pockets on it to start with, but I decided they were just too much and had to go. I much prefer it without the pockets. Maybe they would have been ok if they were just in pink, but honestly, I think the apron is just as cute without them!
I’m not sure if I’ll use the same color schemes or make new ones. I’ve been buying the apron fabric from a local place and the quality that I can get there is far, far better than at Joanns or Hancocks. A lot of their fabric is older and it’s surprising how nice of quality it is! They have my business for cottons, at least! They had a really cool black and white print, and I was thinking of doing one with that fabric and a contrast red. I think that would look amazing. 🙂 Maybe I’ll go shopping later. 🙂 The fabric store (It’s actually called The Sewing Center in Wichita, KS), is changing locations, and I know they’ll be open in the new location on the 1st AND are having a sale, so it may wait too. 🙂
To make the ruffles, I have been using my grandma’s ruffler foot. It’s amazing!! There was a lot of trial and error, but I’ve gotten it to where it does what I need it to do consistently. It’s WAY better than doing the ruffles by hand. I make the ruffles and then stitch them onto the fabric in two steps. There is a way to do it in one, but I wasn’t able to get that to work consistently, so I decided the two step process is just fine. 🙂 It’s nice because if the ruffle ends up a little too tight, I can just stretch it out as necessary and then pin on the fabric. I LOVE using the ruffler foot…it does make me feel connected to my Grandma (even though she never used this foot!). Here’s a couple of pictures.
Obviously, more aprons are up next kind of, but I also plan to work on some basic blouses for work. I’m thinking about just t-shirts made out of crepe back satin. Kind of like dressy t-shirts. I was “encouraged” to upgrade my work wardrobe and start to wear jackets, so I was thinking about having a bunch of little shells basically to go under them. I know that tank tops are a little more traditional for a shell..but I really want some sleeves just because there may be times when the jacket has to come off. I talked about my issue with suits here: https://fabricthreadclothes.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/the-corporate-look/. My boss has since started wearing a suit though, so I feel that I need to reconsider my stance on jackets now (although I’m only moving grudgingly.) I will likely be ending my RTW fast just a couple of days early because I plan to hit the stores on monday to see if I can find a few jackets to wear. It’s difficult though finding ones that don’t have any annoying details AND are able to be mixed and matched with my current wardrobe. I want to do a little browsing around on some websites before I go hit some stores.