Posts Tagged ‘retro aprons’

Good Saturday morning.  I was up late last night sewing so getting started this morning has been slow.  I made a simple top in solid white cotton that turned out very nice, but it’s a little bit tight in the bust.  If I make the pattern again I’ll change the design of the sleeve.  I found it to awkward to finish the seams by serging.






















My projects for today are for grandkids.  The first one is a skirt that has gotten too short to pass Mom and Dad’s inspection.  The floral fabric is pretty much impossible to match so we decided to follow the rules of the day and go with an entirely different b&w pattern for a lengthening band around the bottom.  The longer I look at it the more it grows on me.   The fabric for the added band is “Diamond” by Loralie Harris.



The second project will be a pair of PJ pants for our 5 year old grandson.  The other day I was trying something on his little sister, and he asked me if I would make something for him, too.  That’s a no brainer…of course, I will.  He approved of a John Deere fabric the last time he was here.  Now that I have my serger back it’s time to get on it.  The only drawback…is after I prewashed this fabric it wrinkled pretty badly…the ironing job is going to be large.














I’ve got one more thing to share then I’m giving in to the urge to go to the fabric store.  I need some batik fabric for a fat quarter swap and some more lining fabric for another Barcelona skirt.  O, yeah, I was going to share something other than my plan to go in search of fabric.  My mom loves aprons.  Since I started making them she periodically “orders” aprons for herself.  She usually supplies the fabric and sometimes throws in an extra piece as a bonus.  She long ago quit sewing but still has a decent stash she can’t let go of.  (Some things about a seamstress never changes.)  🙂  Not long ago Mom ran across an apron pattern she cut out in the 70’s but never stitched.  She gifted the pattern and a piece of fabric to me.  I am to stitch her apron…precut and make another one from the striped denim.  I guess that’s a decent deal…afterall Mom is my mother and that IS a retro apron pattern.  🙂












Until next time,

Have a nice Saturday.

I found these words of wisdom that seem so very appropriate for these times.

Long ago… I resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade  my soul by making me hate him.   ~ Booker T. Washington ~


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Today has been back to back busy.  My plan for today was to get my Barcelona skirt made.  Two nights ago I ripped all the seams I did early in the day out with plans of starting over again.  When I tried it on it was way too big, and since I am not finished losing weight ripping the seams out was the right thing to do.  I don’t want to give this skirt away, and as big as it was I would have.  🙂   The pattern calls for an invisible zipper.  The first time around I just threw a regular polyester zipper in.  I didn’t want to wait for my next trip to town to get my skirt made.  Yesterday I bought an invisible zipper and put it in today.  (It was my first invisible zipper experience, but it won’t be the last.  It went smooth as silk, and I really like the way they look.)  The vintage sheet makes a lovely skirt…somewhat busy, but so am I.  🙂 












We had a lot of company today so I didn’t get anything but the outer skirt finished.  This pattern (Amy Butler’s Barcelona Skirt) has a lining, too.  I like that idea, because no slip is required…and it won’t be see through.  A slip in the summertime in Southeast Mississippi is a miserable thing to wear.  I’ve decided to make the lining out of white, cotton gauze.  It won’t add any warmth. 

One of our visitors was a cute as a button, skinny thin, young lady.  She loved the b&w apron and was anxious to model it for me so I could share a picture on here.





















Doesn’t she look precious?

Until next time,


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.  Matthew 5:16

I’ve got sunshine in my soul!

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The b&w apron is complete…and cute, cute, cute.

Front view:




















Back View:























and my reluctant model…he said, “You better not put my face on there.”  LOL.  I wouldn’t dare.  That’s Emma with my DH.  She didn’t mind her face being pictured at all.  🙂















Until next time,

try this…

Smile.  Everyone else will wonder what you are up to.

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Baby has arrived in Hattiesburg!  My dealer sent me an email telling me FedEx dropped my serger off at her shot at 5:40 this evening.  I plan on picking it up on the early side tomorrow.  I’m glad the “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home” saga is near an end.  LOL, I imagine y’all are, too. 

The flirty, little, b&w polka dot apron is almost finished.  The only thing left to do is the lining and it will be ready to send to Idaho.  So far, I’m very pleased.  I will make a confession.  That cute little pocket I shared earlier was backward!  Before I got it really right (there is no other kind of right) I made it three times.  The pattern directions never made sense to me, so I just made it without the directions.  Some patterns seem to make things more difficult than they need to be.   

A blog entry without pictures is as dry as Melba toast, so I’ll share a shot of a frequent, unwelcome visitor to our back porch.  Skinks have beady, little eyes and look evil.  I don’t know that they are harmful, but they sure are ugly. 














If anyone would like to give this under appreciated Skink a new home, send a self-addressed, stamped, padded envelope, and I’ll send him your way.    Quantities are limited.  First come, first serve.

Until next time,


Peace rules the day when Christ rules the mind.   

                        ~   Anonymous  ~


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I made it to town and back again.  Every trip I make into that asphalt jungle reminds how thankful I am to live outside the city limits.  Asphalt kicks up the temperature several degrees…hmmmm IF there was anything mysterious about global warming I’d vote for blaming asphalt.  🙂  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (that rules out ALGORE) to figure out the “globe” warms the closer to the sun it revolves.  I know I’m chasing rabbits, but I believe God has it all under control…and since He said the earth’s days are numbered…I figure that’s a fact that’s not going away.  Liberals can “green” us to death…and they are close…but God’s word will prove true. 

While I was in town I selected fabric for an apron a lady asked me to make.  Black, white or/and red were her color choices, and I found the most perfect polka dots.  I’m hoping she loves polka dots as much as I do.  🙂  We had a style picked out.  I even printed a template off that homemaking guru Martha Stewart’s site to cut it out by…but…while I was in town I browsed the McCall’s pattern book and found the cutest retro pattern I’ve been trying to get my hands on for weeks in stock.  It would be adorable made up in these contrasting polka dots.  I hope she likes it as much as I do.  I was thinking of the first view for her…she’s tiny and cute and this would be perfect for her.  🙂 













Until next time…

think about this…

Knowing God’s Word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from knowing His Word.

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