Well. It is HOT. Since it is too hot to go to the beach, too hot to cook, and too hot to knit, I have had to find other ways to entertain myself! Many of you may not know this, but about 7 years ago, Mom and I had a business sewing purses. We went to several craft fairs, had trunk shows, and took lots of orders. During that time I also took a sewing class to really learn the basics. Mom and I kind of let the business go when I took a job in the Healthcare IT field. But, we both still sewed on and off. We also have a huge stash of fabric. I haven't really sewed in about 5 years. Over the fourth of July weekend, I decided to crank up my sewing machine. My first few projects were rusty, but I was amazed that I remembered how to thread my machine and sew all kinds of stuff! This week, I got brave and picked up a couple of 99 cent patterns at the Evil Empire. Unfortunately, we don't have a store in Myrtle Beach that sells fabric for sewing garments. I have to drive to Florence or Charleston to visit a Hancock Fabrics and the nearest Joann's is in Wilmington. Uggh! So. I have to settle for the Evil Empire at the moment. Anyhoo, armed with my patterns and a fabric stash at home, I decided that aprons were just the ticket to get my feet back into sewing!
My first apron pattern I actually found on clearance. It was printed on fabric and all you had to do was cut out the pieces and sew them together. This took me about 3 hours. Not that it should have! I just really took my time. I also just LOVE the cupcake theme! And, let me apologize for the quality of the pics. I had to take them with my Blackberry. The camera battery is still dead.
Can you spot the Pitty Pat?
Next up on the sewing palooza was a challenge for me. It looked easy on the package! Famous last words! I had to put in pleats and add bric brack. Two things that I have never done before. Also, you had to add an under skirt to this with a contrasting fabric. This turned out alot better than I thought it would. The pockets are a little wonky... but my feeling is.. if it resembles the picture on the pattern package, then it was a job well done! I plan on making another one of these tomorrow now that I know how the pattern works. WARNING: OBJECTS IN MIRROR APPEAR LARGER THAN THEY REALLY ARE! I swear this apron adds about 15 pounds in the picture!
My last apron is my favorite. The pattern was a dream and from cutting out the pattern, fabric and sewing it only took me an hour and a half. Now that I know the pattern, it will be easy to pop out. The cool thing about this apron is that it is... wait for it...... REVERSIBLE!!!! OH SNAP!!! I did this with with a coffee fabric since the border in my kitchen is a coffee border. I love, love, love this!
Hmmm... and two become one! Marie, if you are reading this, I have turned your room into my cutting and ironing room! Come visit soon! :)
I don't think you can tell from the pictures, but I used a contrasting fabric on the apron front and the pockets. This is so cute. I can't wait to make another one tomorrow!
Last but not least, I got a wild hair tonight and sewed up a sewing machine cover for my sewing machine. Again this is from stash fabric and took about 15 minutes to make. I didn't have a pattern for this. This is just a rectangle with ribbon. I did a different fabric on each side, so I can switch it up! I found this idea on the Internet.
I have several more sewing ideas up my sleeve! Tomorrow we have a 60 percent chance of rain, so I am sure that I will be sewing again. The Internet is a great place to get free sewing ideas. I have decided that I am going to master a pattern for a Nook. All of my friends have them and it would make a great gift! Also up on the sewing agenda is repairing a second hand Vera Bradley purse and making a spa wrap out of a towel. I can't wait!
My Mama is obsessed. As long as she doesn't start sewing me "outfits" we are good!
I am trying to convince my Mom that after my colonoscopy next Monday in Charleston, I will be good to go to Hancock Fabrics. She doesn't quite believe me! :)