Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Perfect Purple Pinny

Hello there,
Nope! This is NOT a Christmassy or New years themed post (I'm wayyy too disorganised for that !!)
Just a little post to share with you one of my little projects of the past week.
Its a perfect purple pinny made from some vintage Laura Ashley fabric I've had in my stash for at least 15 years and some purple polka-dot quilting cotton I picked up recently.


I've challenged myself to do so many new things with a needle and thread this year but one thing I haven't cracked yet is making clothes (the more observant of you may have noticed how there was no follow up to this particular post!!).
This apron is so sweet and at a stretch I do think that it could possibly be classified as clothing....sort of !!!
I came across the pattern in Issue 17 of Mollie Makes (What a great magazine!)
The pattern features in a book called Sewing Made Simple by Tessa Evelegh

Here's what her vintage style apron looked like ... (on a lovely sunny day!)


And here's what my effort turned out like .....(on a chilly winters eve!)


I made a few changes from the pattern as printed in the magazine ; like leaving out the ric-rac (I had none)...
And adding in a few folded pleats. I added interfacing to the top of the bib and the waistband
(just because I'm an interfacing addict!)

It was my first ever attempt at gathers , I tried to do the 'pull the back thread' thingy
 you seem to read about in EVERY sewing book !.I failed miserably
and in the end I just hand sewed the gathers in place before machine stitching in place.
I had lots more of the floral fabric than the dotty one so I made up all the ties with a dual colour scheme !
(dotty one side - floral on the other!) I think they look pretty sweet!
I also finished off the tie ends at a 45 degree angle - I just think it looks nicer. than square ends. 

It was a lovely quick project and I would say it took only a couple of hours to complete. The pity is its a bit to pretty to get dirty! I was thinking it might be fun to do a smaller version too for a mommy & daughter gift.....or maybe add frills to some rubber gloves to match ! Or maybe tea-towels to match !!
What do you think ? 
Have you ever made an apron ? If so, I'd love to see it!

Thanks for visiting , have a happy New Year & do come back soon !

Love Siubhan x x x

25 comments:

  1. Your's is nicer! And as for that Black Beauty bag, let's just say that I have moved into it and I am LOVING it! P x :-)

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  2. Love the apron. You did a great job.
    Happy new Year.
    Debi

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    1. Thanks Debi & hope you have a happy New Year and a wonderful 2013 !x

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  3. This looks gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thanks Sarah for your kind words & for hosting ! Happy New Year x

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  4. Please share your projects at www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

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  5. Your aprons beautiful. I love the fabrics and I'm glad to see it's not just me who keeps their stash for so long, he he. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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    1. Thanks Ali !! I know , sometimes you have a nice material and you just have to wait for the 'right' project to come along !! Hope you have a lovely week too ! x

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  6. You are right - it is far too good for an apron. On the other hand it may well persuade me to do more jobs requiring one, just so that I could wear it! You have done a really great job. Matching ones for mother and daughter sound very cute although as a mum to boys may I suggest that if you do this you do one aimed for that market too?

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    1. Thanks so much ! Not sure how keen a little man might be to wear frills & flowers but you've got me thinking ! Maybe I need to tackle a tool belt next !! x

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  7. I think you could definitely classify your apron as clothes. It has so many details and technique: pleats, gathers, bands, that it would be very churlish to say it was not.

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    1. Thanks Ginxy !! I'm just terrified of tackling zips !!

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  8. What a beautiful pinny! And perfect for those of us who like to (try to) maintain an air of glamour in the kitchen! ;)

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    1. I'm with you there Eleanor ! Slaving over a hot stove looking HOT!!!

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  9. That is a really beautiful pinny :)

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    1. Thank you so much (& hey your pinnys are beautiful too !- I had a peek !)

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  10. This looks really lovely - wearing something like that I would glide glamorously around the kitchen rustling up a dinner.

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    1. Well that's the plan ! Pity I'm such a messy cook !!

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  11. That's amazing and so pretty! I would certainly classify it as clothing, it's nearly as difficult as a dress I would think except for buttonholes or zippers. I love the idea of gloves with frills! Or...oven mitts! Wow, this is just too too pretty. Great job.

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  12. Thank you so much Susie ! Im just going to have to get over my zipper phobia!! Love using them but get freaked out at the thought of sewing one !! Ive been looking for purple rubber gloves but no luck yet :(

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  13. Wow - it is rather gorgeous. A very posh pinny! You should be quite proud of having made something so lovely.

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