I seem to be on an apron kick lately. I have made three in the last eight months, and not much else. I guess making aprons is an easy way to satisfy the itch to sew without having to bother with all of the pattern tracing/fitting/etc. involved in garment sewing.
The latest apron apron is a (belated) birthday gift for my sister. I used the same pattern as the apron I made for my Grandma at Christmas: the “Short Pleated Apron” from Amy Butler’s book In Stitches.
I love this pattern! It is fairly quick to make and very satisfying to sew, plus you get to use fun prints. I really must make one for myself one of these days!
I had a fun experience buying the fabric for this apron. We have a great local yarn shop here called Jimmy Beans Wool (they also sell their products online – check them out!). They recently moved to a new location and started carrying fabric. I decided to check out the new store and buy fabric for the apron all in one trip. When I got to the shop, I was disappointed to find that they only had the yarn and related knitting/crochet paraphernalia on display. No fabric to be found!
When I asked a salesperson if I could order fabric online and pick it up at the store (I can), she said I could go back to the warehouse and shop, as long as there was someone back there to help me. I had the place to myself, and the woman working the fabric orders was very helpful and friendly. It felt like a private shopping experience! No line waiting for my fabric to be cut!
In addition to the apron, I also made my sister two coordinating hot pads. The hot pads pattern came from the book One-Yard Wonders. Making the hot pads was a revelation! So easy to create custom hot pads or oven mitts. I may never buy hot pads again!