I started thinking about making this apron way back at the beginning of May. It's been through quite a few changes since then and I took a long time getting to this version. But it's finally finished and I am happy!
I made it for the May/June Tie-One-On challenge which was to make an apron with a pocket. I had visions of a folk art inspired apron with bird shaped pockets amidst 70's style foliage and flowers, in bright colours on a white ground. But I found that the simple silhouette shapes worked better in a printed fabric and to be perfectly honest, my applique skills weren't quite up to the job, so my design changed drastically. I'm still practicing the techniques I learned from the 'invisible machine applique' book but I feel I'm really getting there now, and I've finally found a way around the point dilemma. Unfortunately I reached it after I did the bird's beak, hmmmmm.
I used the reversible apron pattern from Lotta
Jansdotter's book which is a really modern, stylish shape. It looked better on David's
sister's tall, elegant form than my full-on curvy figure though, so she kindly agreed to model it for me (and what a beautiful job she did- thank you Paula!).
It was a good pattern to work from but I did get a little lost on the pleats where the straps attach. I'm no stranger to dressmaking but I couldn't work out how to make two pleats from three notches? More diagrams/detailed instructions would be good. I love that there's still lots to learn though, I found out how to turn something narrow but long the right way out from the book, which I've struggled with for years.
Now, as you may be aware I made some birdy loveliness for myself along the way, and I also made myself an apron in February. So I don't need this one, love it yes, but don't actually need it!
But maybe one of you fellow bloggers would like to have it? I'd like to give it away to say thank you for your supportive, inspiring presence. And also because I'm starting to feel a little self-satisfying by just posting things for you to ooh and ah over every week. It's definitely time for a give-away!
So, if you would like this pinny, leave a comment between now and next Thursday's post and I'll get Annie or Eliza to draw a name out of a hat.
Until next Thursday, happy crafting!