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The Great Apron Project Begins


Decisions, decisions!

Hi all! When I was in Atlanta over Memorial Day, I went to Whipstitch Fabrics. While I was there, my sister and my mom convinced me to buy a stack of (really really great) fabric to make aprons for the Skillet Festival; the Brooks County Skillet Festival will be held on September 17, 2011 in my beautiful home town of Quitman, Georgia.  Hey, any excuse to buy more fabric, right?  I’m going to be participating with my friend Andrea, sharing a booth space as vendors.  She knits (and I have the awesome expandable produce bag to prove it!).  I’m going to be making aprons, potholders and other food related sewn items!  I’ve got lots of ideas but not an unlimited amount of time.

Yesterday was Day 1 of the Great Apron Project.  I spent hours yesterday going through the new stuff and my old stuff trying to make sets.  I’m going to make some hostess (half) aprons as well as some full ones.  I love the look of the hostess aprons, but I know aprons are mostly about functionality.  I’ll try to find a great way to balance that.

Closeup of the apron strings when tied

So, here’s my first attempt at an apron! I am going to tweak the pattern just a bit, but it turned out really well in my opinion! It’s a variation on a Heather Ross pattern from Weekend Sewing.  I took her pattern and made it reversible.  I like the clean finish of something that’s lined, and this is like two aprons in one!

I’m going to be working on some with embellishments like ruffles, embroidery and appliques.   Please let me know if you have a special request! I’ll do my best to make sure I have what you want!

Finished product

Check out http://www.skilletfestival.com for more information.  It’s going to be lots of fun: great local food and handmade items for sale and fun events you won’t want to miss.

-Where else will you get the opportunity to throw a skillet (that won’t land you in hot water)?

-How many of you will be able to say they finished the Iron Man? (Come run the Cast Ironman 5K and say you did!)

And best of all, you’ll be supporting the local economy just by coming out, having some fun, and enjoying some food and music!

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More dresses…

Just a quick post to show you two more dresses that I made for a really great cause and some really special kids.  I’ll give you more details about the cause (and hopefully pictures of the dresses on the “models”) soon.

These khaki dresses are going to look great on two cute little girls

 

Up close you can see better that the fabric has a cool pattern like white coral.

 

Keep an eye out for my post on where these dresses are going to find their new home!

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Monster mash

I’m sure that everyone with children has that moment – the moment when you realize that your child has quite literally nothing to wear because they’ve grown so much or the season has suddenly changed or both!  Well, that moment arrived very suddenly at our house on Friday.  We went from 70s in the mornings to 50s, and Will had one pair of pants that fit.  So, I dropped everything and started making the poor child some clothes!

New outfit #1: Appliqued monster tee and pants

The pants are elastic waist with a blind stitched hem in a brown houndstooth fabric.  The t-shirt (plain white tee from Target) has a three-dimensional monster applique with eyes made of stacked brown and pearl buttons. 

I’m very pleased with the outfit.  I’m hoping to finish a few more outfits this week so the poor child has something to wear!  

If you are interested in a pants/shirt set for your child, let me know!

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Happy Fall!

Cooler weather has now arrived in South Georgia.   It’s so refreshing to be able to open the doors and windows of our home and not break into a sweat!

In keeping with the fall weather, here’s my latest finished project: a Candy Corn dress for Ellen.   Cute dress on a cute girl!  I cannot claim credit for the idea behind the dress.   This was Ellen’s mom’s suggestion (and a great one)!

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