Crafting Chavs

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Domestic Diva Apron

When the Hancock Fabric in Bremerton was having many going-out-of-business sales, I visited frequently. One item I purchased was this all-in-one apron (at $5 off). It consists of all the pattern pieces printed on a piece of fabric. I cut out each piece and, following the less than explicit instructions, put the apron together. It reminded me of trying to put together scandinavian furniture with only the pictures as directions. I hung the pattern cover on the apron. This is the only time you will see this apron over this dress, as well. They just don't go together, unless I plan to dress up to cook (including pearls!).

What next? I saw a Vogue pattern sale at Joann's; I've been carrying around a Vogue pattern number for a long time; so long, I could not remember what it is for! It turns out it's for a peacoat (or long double-breasted coat). I remember Anna telling me, when I was looking and looking for a peacoat I could afford (and fit into) that I should make it myself. On one of our trips to Joann's, I found this Vogue pattern. Not being one to pay full price for a pattern, I waited for a sale! I have the pattern but plan to try making it from cheaper fabric first. I should find something in that stash I have from our trip to that lady's garage (remember that, Anna?). I bought some chunks of material; too many to recall (hmmm, maybe that red corduroy).

Blue Dress Part 2

Originally, I planned to make an overdress to wear over the sleeveless blue dress (posted in August). I bought the material and picked out the pattern separately. When I opened the pattern to cut out the overdress material, I found that I only had 3 yards of material and the pattern called for 4.5. I had enough to cut out either the front or the back, but not both, and forget the sleeves. Before I bought another pattern, I went through my pattern collection and found that another dress on the blue dress pattern took less than 3 yards! I found a sleeve on another pattern that I could add to the existing sleeveless pattern! The dress is a bit formal for work wear; I should have lined the sleeve to make it less dressy. I also thought that I could have made a lined jacket for the blue dress, but that thought came too late.

I have included a picture of the dress I had originally planned to make, with a shot of the huge pattern piece.

Oh, and another thought: when I was going through my pattern collection, I found another reason to stop going to pattern sales without a list of patterns I already own.