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Happy Mother’s Day!  In honor of the day, I’ve been up to a lot of Mommy and Me business this week.  First up is DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt.

DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt

Addison skirt

I’m really making more of an effort to have make more skirts.  It’s hard to deny how polished you look in them.  DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt caught my eye when it first came out with its asymmetrical wrap feature and ties.  Daniela really has great style, and her patterns all seem to feature some really cool detail, and the wrap is that detail for this!

I made it up in a mint ponte.  The pattern calls for the wrap pieces to be sewn from a layer of self fabric and of interfacing, turned, and topstitched.  I wasn’t sure about the interfacing.  Perhaps in a stretch woven (another choice for the pattern), it would be possible to use a sew-in interfacing like muslin. I just treated a second layer of ponte from scraps of this turquoise zebra print I had leftover from another project as a lining.

Typically, I cut the zebra the wrong way out on one side.  Rather than keeping it as the lining I intended, I turned it into a design feature.  Why not fuse asymmetry with color blocking while I’m at it?

Twee circle skirt

Addison skirt

I made a matching circle skirt for baby girl from more scraps.  I added tiny pockets that I bound along with the waistband with foldover elastic.  This little baby skirts are absurdly fast to make and take like zero fabric.  I think it took me 30 minutes, and I was dithering.  Focused Elizabeth could make one in 10 minutes.  This will not be the last one for her!

Addison skirt

Mother’s Day Aprons

As I said yesterday in my apron retrospective, some of my earlier memories are with my Mom and my Gram in the kitchen working away.  We’ve always been a baking/cooking family, and my boys love helping me.  Their aprons have been getting too small for some time, so what with The Monthly Stitch’s Amazing Aprons theme this month, I whipped up a batch of new aprons for them.

Kids’ Aprons

I used this tutorial on Craftsy for the kids’ aprons.  It fits my two younger boys just fine, but my oldest will need another bigger size.  The Wizard of Oz print will be for my daughter when she gets bigger.  The cow print is Marimekko, the cars and the Wizard of Oz are both Japanese canvas.  I lined all of them with random bits and bobs.  The aprons are all reversible.  This was a great stashbusting project.

Vintage Simplicity 6808

My apron I made from vintage Simplicity 6808.  I found this home dec fabric on the $2/lb table at Colorado Fabrics one day and knew it’d make a great apron.  I bought the pattern a while back when I was making this apron for UpCraftClub.

apron from a skirt pattern

My article deadline came for the apron, and the pattern hadn’t made it to me in the mail.  Since then, the pattern has been sitting in my bedroom where I had forgotten about it.  In the process of decluttering a bit, I decided that the time for the pattern was NOW.

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I sewed it up pronto, adding some striped bias tape I made from a bit of lilac shirting.  I’m totally in love with the big deep pockets and wrap around style.  This will be a great apron for gardening!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day!  How do you celebrate the day in your sewing?

Do you have a type of garment that you’ve made consistently throughout your sewing life?

Aprons are one of those things that I’ve made throughout my sewing experience.  I use them everyday for all of my artsy messes and for my cooking which are two other things I’ve always done too.  My earliest memories are of me in the kitchen with my Gram or my Mom making something.  On the mess front, I had an art table that was encrusted with every possible known crafty substance when I was little.  Glitter, glue, crayons, paint–you name it, it was there.  Were it not for my collection of aprons, I certainly would have destroyed a lot more of my own clothes in pursuit of my hobbies.  In honor of The Monthly Stitch’s Amazing Aprons challenge this month, I wanted to look back at some of the aprons I’ve made over my sewing life.

Kitchen themed navy and red apron

This one I hand stitched because that’s pretty much how I did everything as a kid.  The fabric came from the basement of the coolest fabric store in Omaha when I was little.  My Mom is not a seamstress, but she always has done upholstery.  Sometimes go to that store in The Old Market when she was redoing chairs or looking for lace. I remember the old wood floors and open brickwork of this old building and the very bleak basement.  Against this backdrop were beautiful fabrics.  This print caught my eye and I convinced Mom that I needed it for an apron.  I traced one of her aprons and added red ribbon for straps.  I was somewhere between 8-10.

Gingham sunflower apron with embroidery

This one came a little later.  I sewed it with my first sewing machine, so that would make it from my junior high years.  That machine was one I never really learned how to use properly.  The tension was always off, and it frustrated me to no end.  I shelved it for years, frustrated with it’s efforts and knowing that I could sew just as well by hand with less frustration.  The embroidery I added by printing out a template in a font I liked.  I never wanted anyone to call me “Lizzi,” I just liked how symmetrical it looked…more so than Elizabeth anyhow.  This is my blockprinting/messy stuff in the garage apron.

Refashioned curtain

When I got my Janome when I was first married, this was one of my first projects.  It’s far too long, and the bias trimmed pockets were not well-managed, but I still like this apron.  I took off the curtain rings and added a waistband.  Sometimes I wrap a loaf of bread in this apron.

Bias tape trimmed vintage apron

This was one of the first drafting projects that I did as a beginner.  I bought a collection of vintage patterns from an Etsy seller.  You had to enlarge the patterns yourself using a grid by hand.  I loved this sort of thing as a kid, so it wasn’t too much of a to do.  I finished this particular apron the night before one of our first Christmas Cookie Extravaganza parties.

Toddler Smock Aprons

Since I’ve always been a cook, it was natural that I wanted my own kids to be in the kitchen with me.  I love this funky canvas from Superbuzzy, and it made great little smocks.  The Jack and the Beanstalk is my favorite.  You can see my love of decorative topstitching before I had any skill at doing it!  The boys have actually never loved wearing these.  The wrap-around style (from Amy Karol’s Bend the Rules Sewing) while super practical has never been comfortable for them.  I don’t care.  I will save these for my future grandchildren!

There’s many more aprons I’ve made, and this week I made 5 in one day.  As I went about sewing those ones up, it was interesting to go back and see my own sewing progress in this one particular genre of garment.  Tomorrow, for Mother’s Day, I’ll be writing up my next batch of aprons with my crew!

 

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