Apologies for not having been online in the last little while, things have been hectic! Lots to post about so stay tuned. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to be able to make this post but couldn't as the recipient is a follower of this blog and would have found out about it before they got it. The person in question is my sister.
So I finally gave it to her and she is thrilled of course. My sister is a domestic diva with aprons for every day of the week, season, holiday and any day that isn't covered by those. She has commercially produced aprons and handmade aprons, funny aprons and girly aprons.
Enter: The Tomato Apron.
I found this fabric somewhere, sometime on sale. And as I am wont to do, I purchased it with no particular pattern or garment or idea in mind. I mean how could I pass up fabric with tomatoes printed on it? There was no way I could leave it sitting on the shelf forlorn.
Fast forward a few months (maybe even a year??) and I found this pattern on sale - 99 cents! I don't normally buy patterns as I find them tedious, overpriced and besides that I took pattern making in school. But... 99 cents and 6 different varieties? I gave in and bought it.
Of course now I knew that the tomato fabric would become a tomato apron, I just didn't know when.
Inspiration (motivation?) struck and I finally started to construct the apron. I had forgotten how much I hate flimsy tissue paper patterns and vowed to never ever use them again. I do this every time I use one and inevitably I will eventually use one again.
Of course I wanted the apron to be perfect and keep it's shape. Perhaps I went a little overboard? Here you can see me finishing the rolled hem on the bottom, but I actually top stitched every single seam down as well as all of the straps. That way when you wash it the seams won't go wonky. Wow - it was a lot of work!
Once this was all done I tried the apron on and realized it would need a couple of darts in the front. Well, in keeping with the rest of the apron they had to be top stitched down too. In the end the apron looks wonderful, the construction is beautiful and I know that it will last my sister for a long long time.
Do you want to hear something funny? My sister hates tomatoes.
Good thing she likes aprons.