An Apron For April

When my niece was here before Christmas, I had the chance to hang out with her and play with her. One of the things I noticed was that she repeatedly donned one of Miss L’s aprons.

Before she left, I asked her favorite color (purple) and told her I would make her something special for her birthday.

Her birthday is next week and this sweet little apron will soon be heading her way. The fabric is some cute stuff I picked up at Joann’s that I just couldn’t resist (pink! birds! purple!). I embroidered her name on it, because I thought it would be even cuter and more personal that way. Plus I have the embroidery machine, so why not?

The pattern is the Lolita Apron from Sew Liberated (formerly Montessori By Had) and really very cute. Sewing it, however, is another story. For your own reference, if you dislike sewing on binding, this is not the apron pattern for you. And I really don’t enjoy that task. In fact, I bought this pattern even though I despise sewing on binding, which might make you wonder what the heck I was thinking. Hello! Three gazillion yards of binding on this apron! I wasn’t sure I’d ever finish with it.

Obviously I did and the results are seriously cute. But I can’t imagine sewing another one like this. I may try the pattern again and modify it to sew without all the binding. Or I may just sell the pattern and chalk it up to another learning experience. Regardless, my foray into sewing miles of binding is O-V-E-R.

The Inside Scoop

When I was first learning to sew, I’d often remark, “It’s a good thing no one can see the inside!” I’ve heard the same comment from others who are new to the hobby, and I always try to reassure them that it will change and some day the insides of what they sew won’t have to be hidden.

I finished this jacket today and have to say that I’m particularly pleased with the insides. While I always turn a garment inside out during and after sewing, this is the first time I think I’ve ever photographed the results. (I’m not sure if the person to whom this jacket has been sent reads my blog but she has a great sense of humor and I think she’ll laugh to see it inside out and hanging from a tree.)

The pattern is a modified version of Butterick 5187. I combined a couple of the views so the jacket would look more like a smaller one I’ve sewn, right down to the binding on the sleeves. This particular jacket has gone a step further with the addition of welt pockets with flaps (which is a post for another day).

What makes this jacket special in my eyes is the amount of hand sewing involved. I’ll be the first to admit that I avoid hand sewing whenever I can. I’m kind of an immediate gratification sort of girl; I equate hand sewing with “labor intensive” and “time consuming.” Seriously, who has time for that?

Let me tell ya: sometimes it is worth it. This jacket would be lovely no matter what but I really think the hand sewing — the facings, hem, bindings — elevate it in the construction department. Yes, I could have finished the jacket two hours faster but it wouldn’t be quite the same.