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Monday, April 23, 2012

Make- Grow- Thrift...

Once again I'm joining in with Jodie's Monday feature. I've spent an enjoyable time sewing an apron for a swap that I signed up for last month. My swap partner was Sanchia who also lives in Queensland, just a little north of where I live. Sanchia, a mother of 2 young children, was very organised and her apron made for me arrived last week. It is beautiful; the fabric and the finishing was just so lovely. I'm very lucky to receive such a beautiful apron!

The lovely apron that Sanchia made for me

All lined

My apron making wasn't without its dramas...
It took me a while to decide what fabric I should use...and also what style of apron I should make would be partly influenced by the fabric. Eventually I found the had been in my stash for many years and I guess it could definitely be classed as vintage. It was a remnant which I had bought from David Jones, (and how long is it since DJs sold fabrics???) and had had plans to sew it up into something for years...but never had. I decided that I should give this remnant a bit of a wash...silly me! I soaked it and forgot about it
:-(....and some of the colours ran, especially the orange. I used the Dylon product that takes colour runs out but I wasn't happy with the result.

The remnant I bought at least 20 years ago! lol

look at that price!

So my next choice was a piece of fabric from one of Kaffe Fasset's ranges. And I worked on the apron over the weekend and it was ready to post this morning, with the timeframe for the swap finishing this Wednesday. Phew! made it!

The apron I made for Sanchia


Becky said...

Both aprons are very pretty. I'm sure she will love it as much as you love the one she made for you. On your "runny fabric" I think I'd try dying it an all over green if you can't get the runs out. Just a suggestion.

Maria said...

That's a great idea Becky!

Tanya said...

I think they look great and I can't really see any runs so I so go for it anyway. I make mine fully lined too and it makes them really thick and protective. I also remember the fabric at DJs, in particular a beautiful avocado green fine wool that mum bought for me to make a skirt from in home Ec yr 8. Mrs Gleeson thought my mother was nuts buying such a sumptuous fabric for a beginner sewer. Just quietly, looking back, so do I, especially in light of the fact that I broke my arm halfway through the term. LOL