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?!