Monday, September 06, 2010

A, You're Adorable Cecelia's Apron - a pattern review

Take two vintage embroidered and lace trimmed pillowcases, add 1/2 yard of fabric and a 1" bias tape maker and you get an adorable apron!

The pattern is Cecelia's Apron from Homestead Specialties. Click on the pattern image to go to the website with the pattern information.

There are no pattern pieces in this pattern. What you get are instructions on how to cut the pillowcases, ties and waistband as well as where to add bias binding and how to sew the section together. And a fun story of the designer's grandmother, Cecelia. And Grandmother Cecelia's date pudding recipe. Yum! Perfect to whip up while wearing your new apron.

It's a simple sewing project as the pillowcase is the main fabric. Which means the hemming and seam finishes are already done for you. Not to mention the adorable embroidering and lace edging.

That being said, if you're a complete beginner you may have questions on a few things, depending on how you learn. There are a few diagrams and the instructions assume you have a little bit of sewing knowledge.

I got hung up on how to finish the bottom edge of the bias binding at the hemline of the apron. Bias binding is used a lot in quilting so maybe if I quilted it would have been a no brainer for me. As such, I wasn't sure so I tucked the ends in and topstitched. Not the prettiest but it works. I'm guessing only another sewer would even notice the non-perfect finish.

Now of course if you come visit me some day and I'm wearing this adorable apron I don't want to hear a word out of you about the finish. Got it? Not one word...

After sewing the pillowcase sections together you gather the apron top to measure 18", match the center fronts and sew the apron to the waistband. Next you finish the tie ends. The designer's sample shows the tie ends angled. I didn't notice that in the photo before I finished mine so my tie ends are square.

A is also for annoying. That's because I sewed on the waistband and finished the tie ends before I realized I hadn't actually matched the center fronts. Do you know when I figured it out? When I was looking at the left tie end (on your right in the photo) and admiring how nice and long it was. I do love those long apron ties! As I was admiring it I decided to try it on to admire how adorable it would look with a bow in the front. That's when I cried out "arrgh!" Or something like that...

So I ripped the stitches out and remarked the center fronts. This time instead of just marking the center front on the waistband I made a mark 6" and 9" on each side of the center. The 9" is where the side edge of the apron ends up and the 6" is where the seam joining the pillowcase panels ends up. Having already made one silly mistake I wanted to make sure my gathers looked even on both sides.

And they do.

You're probably tired of my obsession with the word adorable, but as I sewed this apron at every step of the way I kept thinking "it's so adorable!"

I now leave you with a 1971 version of Sandi and Sally singing "A, You're Adorable" on the Lawrence Welk show.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Look at me. Now look at your man. 70s style.

I just don't understand why this pattern was sitting unloved in the thrift store.

Shhhhh. Can you keep a secret?

I'm thinking somebody just might be getting some new briefs under the Christmas tree - but only if I can find that leopard print.

You DID notice the leopard print, right? *LOL*

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