Today we have a post about aprons. Yes, aprons. I know for a while that we were selling some of mine in our Etsy shop, but I never did any posts about them. Now I will let you in on my greatest apron related secrets. oooOOOooo! I made aprons as gifts for two of our friends. Now my favorite kind of fabric to use with aprons is food fabric. They go together like ham and eggs. Ah, the food-related humor. Anyway, to me it just makes sense to use food fabric to make an apron. In fact, it makes so much sense to me that I had a business when I was Annie’s age making and selling aprons! And they were fun aprons! I used a pattern piece that we developed a long time ago for my business from a dress pattern. This makes the apron form-fitting and flattering. Our favorite source of food theme fabric is eQuilter.com.
The first apron is chocolate truffle print. I used this pink mini skirt to make a large pocket with pink lace trim, and used narrow pink grosgrain ribbon. I sewed around the edges, made pockets of different sizes, added trim and decorative stitching, and then added ribbon ties.
The other one I used a fun watermelon print, and used wide green grosgrain for the ties. I also used neon green corduroy for the pockets, and added a cute black bow at the top.
I made a rookie mistake, and forgot to sew the top hem on the pink pocket over before I put the pocket on the skirt, so stitched it shut with a wide brown decorative stitch. I really liked the way that it turned out looking, so I did the same on the green pockets, stitching it with decorative black thread.
I’d just like to point out that Annie took the photos of Mom modeling the aprons. Good job Annie! I love how the aprons turned out, and I can’t wait to see how our friends like them! Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any apron tips or patterns.
For this stunning skirt refashion we started with 2 pieces that had great bones, but could use some pick-me-up. We started with a plain denim mini. Plain, but with potential for so much more! Cost $2.50
Next we found a blue polka dot skirt with colors that popped…a few sizes too large. Cost $2.00
That thing is so big, I think we could…hey come here model #2!
Verrrry funny, but a little hard to go out in public like that!
Here’s what we did:
Step 1: Measure bottom of mini.
Step 2: Fold in one section of polka dot skirt until it fits same measurement.
Step 3: Sew together sections of polka dot skirt, cut off excess on inside.
Step 4: Sew top of polka dot skirt inside bottom of mini.
Presenting….oooh la la! We call this our mermaid skirt, with it’s flirty tail.
Total Cost: $4.50
Total Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress
Now that’s something she’ll be wearing in public…often!
Your turn! What do you think? Do you like the Oofda before or Oooh La La after? Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts on your choice below.
For this fantastic skirt fix, we started with 2 pieces that had a lot of potential, but didn’t work on their own. First off, there was the American Eagle green mini skirt. It was in great shape except for the hem, which had seen better days. We paid $2.50 for it.
The next item we chose was a fun, bright skirt. The greens in the skirt were the same exact color as the green mini. The problem? A few sizes too large! We paid $2.50.
So here’s what we did:
Step 1: Detach bottom 1/2 of pockets from green mini.
Step 2: Remove ragged hem portion from green mini.
Step 3: Measure bottom width of remaining top piece of green mini.
Step 4: Find same measurement across width of blue floral skirt.
Step 5: Trim off top of blue floral skirt.
Step 6: Sew top of green mini and bottom of blue floral skirts together.
Step 7: Reattach bottom 1/2 of pockets to blue floral skirt.
Total Cost: $5
Total Time: 30 minutes
Talent Level: Beginner Level
Your turn! What do you think? Do you like the before or after better? Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts on your choice below.