Home Sewn... a vintage-style apron


  
It's been a long while since I've shared some needle and thread! My sewing machine has not always been working optimally for a while now, so I'm using it sparingly... Last week I had the great fun of a sew-along-across the miles with my lovely blog-friend of many years, Melanie... who is blogging again after a long break at a new place: Rowan Tree Cottage!!


Melanie and I both had the Dottie Angel/Simplicity 8230, designed by Tif Fussell, author of Dottie Angel and more. With fabrics recently purchased, I choose to cut out for the Tabard Reversible Apron, view B on the 8230 pattern. I LOVE the retro, vintage style of this pattern!




The pattern, instructions and sewing however, wasn't smooth sailing all the way... Often I was wondering if anyone who really sews tested or approved this pattern! It is poorly drafted, especially the part that is the contrast/backing, which seems too big in proportion to the front. I went off instructions on more than one occasion to get a good fit. The pocket construction was unnecessarily fiddly, so I changed that a little, and moved the pocket placement up two inches... otherwise it would have be placed nearer my knees... LOL! 


My ready-wear clothing size, for most things, is usually an X-small. I went with the Small size for this apron. And though it is a little big, it will do well for wearing with all kinds of clothing, and in all seasons, as I intend to use this indoors and in the garden.



A couple of years ago, I made a tunic dress from the Dottie Angel/Simplicity 1080 pattern and encountered a lot of snags, and was winging it on my own sans instructions. That pattern has potential, so I'd like to revisit it. And this 8230 Simplicity has lots of potential too! So much so I'm tearing it apart to make something along the lines of a shift dress. If I can get some fabric soon, and the making of a muslin (test garment) goes well, I will share it later... In the mean time, lots of ideas brewing off this pattern. I'm so HAPPY to be sewing again a little at a time as the sewing machine allows, and hoping for some more sewing during the autumn. And I am enjoying wearing and using the apron! 

Have a look at the WONDERFUL apron my friend Melanie made here!!

Do you have any plans or projects lined up for the autumn/spring?!



Comments

  1. I ADORE this! I would have a whole wardrobe of them in different patterns and colors!
    so simple. but darling.
    I think you could start something! very unique. xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Tammy! Now that I know what to do to "improve" the pattern a bit, I could easily see having one of these aprons for every day, different prints, etc... it's a cute little thing! :)

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  2. It's WONDERFUL, Tracy! I've always loved the vintage smock aprons -- nicer and better coverage than traditional ones. Your fabric is great. Very cute and you look cute in it! (Smart to make it big -- bet you have heavy sweaters in winter!)

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie! This apron was very fun to make. Compared to ready-made aprons, this feels so much nicer on, more substantial. And the fabrics are really quality cotton. This apron could outlive me... haha! But, yes I do have some good winter clothes. I don't wear bulky things all the time, but I have them if I need them. ;)

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  3. Hi Tracy, it was so much fun to have a sew along. Will share my results in a sec. The fabrics you chose have such a fab retro vibe. Thanks so much for a fun day getting me dress making again.

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    1. It was a grand day sewing today--thank sooo much! :))) It was fun to sew a garment again after a long time, and it inspired me to think about some new projects soon for autumn/winter days ahead when cozy more indoors.

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  4. Fun to see your recent sewing project. To tell you the truth I have always found store bought patterns to have problems; but then I was a patternmaker for many years. Ha! There is an apron on the website, Rough Linen, that I have been thinking about copying. I just love the pinafore type aprons.

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    1. Rough Linen has some wonderful things, don't they?! I like the simplicity and elegance of the design--classics to have for a long time. The prices make the eye water a bit too, don't they?! LOL... Great for sewing inspiration, though, yes. ;) In more recent years I've experience more problems using commercially produced patterns. I'm not sure why that is, but often something seems off..especially in patterns that offer multiple sizing, and I find myself between sizes and it's a bit of an undertaking to tweak things. Still, it's great fun to sew garments!

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  5. I have always loved Aprons. I really liked the Apron you made; its is very versatile. I love the pocket. It looks perfect for putting items in. I'm happy that you modeled it. I used to sew more but I usually get a neck ache when I am sewing. My Mother was a beautiful seamstress and made most of my clothes while growing up. She also made my wedding dress. I just did get that talent for some reason.
    Blessings and hugs for this awesome post!

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    1. Soooo VERY lovely that your mother made your wedding dress, LeAnn! That is extra special... Do you still have the dress?! My Momma is an excellent seamstress and made a lot of clothes for me and my sister when we were young. She doesn't sew much now, but she' my sewing guru when I've got sewing dilemma. Mom to the rescue... ;)

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  6. I love the fabrics you have chosen Tracy! So perfect and I loved seeing you wearing it. I have not sewn myself anything to wear in a very long time. Perhaps I need to do just that! I used to sew all my clothes when I was younger, but it is not so economical these days to do that! Love you! xoxo

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  7. Thanks, Marie! You're right though, home sewing, and sewing clothing, is usually not a money-saver as it used to be. Fabric--as with most creative supplies in general--is VERY expensive here, being all imported. Through the years I've tended to buy fabric while in America, where it is still possible to get good prices on things, and bring it back. I do love sewing!

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  8. What a great apron. I have a vintage apron in mind, but a very different design to yours. Thank you for sharing your sewing project and have a lovely weekend. Marie x

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  9. I'm a big fan of aprons and yours looks great for any job! Your fabrics are right for a vintage style too. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Ulla... and it's great to see you here! :)

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