Saturday, March 20, 2010

Strawberry Tart Apron

I have something to confess: Until very recently (read: yesterday) I did not own a single apron. I know, shocking. Pixie Mama, if you're reading this, please sit down and have a drink of water before continuing! Anyhow, I've been longing for a cute apron of my own for quite a while. Remember that post I did on Flirty Aprons last week? Yes, it's all very hint hint, I know :-)

So imagine my delight when I came upon the announcement in my Burda Style newsletter that The Sewing Republic Apron Remake Contest was almost over! My mind racing, I considered the prospect of creating an entry. I do work well on a time crunch, after all. I enjoy altering pre-made patterns to fit my own desires. I *needed* a cute apron to cook in! This contest had my name written all over it, clearly.

I headed to JoAnn's yesterday and picked out two adorable prints, both of which happened to be on sale. Okay, no, it wasn't coincidence - I am creative on a limited budget ;-) The total cost came to about $15, with tax. Not bad for 6 yards of material!

Now I'm assuming you already followed the link above and saw a photo of the original Two Tone Apron? No? Well, I'll give you a minute to do that...okay! The original, while cute, is clearly not my style. I may be all athletic and tom-boyish outside the house, but in the kitchen, I'm all about the ruffles and girliness!

<----- Here are the fabrics I chose for my project. I had a little panic attack in the calico aisles trying to decide if the small or large polka dots were the way to go. I ended up choosing the large ones, partly because they were more haphazardly strewn than their small, orderly counterparts. I think I made the right decision.

Bad news if you were hoping for step-by-step pictures: I didn't take any. Sorry! I was so excited about the project I pretty much just sat down and sewed. As you can see, I made quite a few alterations to the original Two Tone Apron. My favorite is that my Strawberry Tart Apron is fully reversible. I don't know why, but fully reversible things excite me, even when there is not too much difference in colors/patterns, as is the case here. Other changes I made include: widening the main apron pieces to allow for more gathering at the waist; curving the lower corners of the apron instead of squaring them off; adding a wide, pleated ruffle around the hem; and finally omitting the pocket. If you want to know the reasoning behind omitting the pocket, as well as see the pictures of the finished project, you'll have to take a look at my published project on Burda Style's web site.

So what do you think? Comments, critiques, want one of your own? Drop me a line and let me know :-)

1 comment:

  1. I love your apron. Good color choices. I like it better than the demo one. I'd like it if it had a bib part to it. That's my style of aprons. I guess you could improvise one!
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