I'd have to say that the person who most influenced my crafting abilities would have to be my Gramma. We lived in her basement "apartment" until I was seven which meant that I spent quite a lot of time upstairs driving her crazy! She used to crochet, cross stitch, make Christmas ornaments, and sew the outfits for most church plays. Looking back I think she probably taught me to work with plastic canvas in order to keep me quiet for 5 min.
Anyway, over the summer she finally cleaned out her craft room and got rid of tons of "great stuff". (If you craft you know what this means!) Bags full of lace and ribbon, fabric, plastic canvas, buttons, etc. At the time I didn't have room for any more supplies and I knew we would be moving soon, so I passed most everything up. (Very very hard to do!) One of the things that I did take was her patterns. Most of them are old patterns for little girl clothing, most likely used to make something for me of my aunt when we were little.
I was flipping through those patterns today and found a relatively new one for an apron. Now, I love to cook and I also tend to spill things on myself, so why on earth do I not already own an apron? Why should I not make myself one? So I found some cute fabric and went to town. Unfortunately it has been ages since I have used a commercial pattern, and the new pack of bobbins I just bought were the wrong size for my machine so it took a little while, but I eventually ended up with this...
Now that it is finished, I kinda feel like the ruffle is too long making the red seem over powering. Maybe it will grow on me, if not, I can always shorten it. Of course I wasn't wearing it for 2 min. before I spilled something on it, but at least we know it works. For anyone interested, the pattern is here. You can make either a half or a full front apron with it, but they are so simple, that if you have any pattern making skills you can probably make something very similar on your own.
If you have been following along, you may remember this cheesecake recipe that I posted for Valentine's Day. Ant decided then that we had too many sweets in the house so I have just now finally gotten it made. His verdict was that it turned out "Fantastic!" and that he needed another slice right away. I'm trying to convince him to take half to work and share, but that is still unresolved. lol.
Well, Once Upon a Thread finally starts tomorrow and I am so excited to finally share some of the things I have been working on! Now I just have to decide what to share first.
#57 - Half Apron