Then someone posted a blue and white gingham skirt with heart-shaped patch pockets on Sew Retro. I thought it was lovely, but also that, if it were mine, I would never wear it. But then I thought--I wouldn't wear it as a skirt, but I might do as an apron.
I didn't have any gingham, but I did have super thick blue and white striped cotton left over from a skirt I made a couple years ago, and I didn't have any plans for it, so...
I sort of used this free pattern, but made the waistband and ties wider (though not longer, which I wish I would have--the bow is tiny) and obviously did different trimmings. I drew the hearts by hand, and made the piping by sewing a piece of yarn inside some of my limitless supply of white bias tape. It's not as round or full as piping from a store, but it gets the job done.
I did a better job on the right pocket, which is what you see here.
.Anyway, though, this challenge was twofold. The other half was the dress. I didn't really do it right. I wasn't really into the chosen Burda pattern, nor was I anything even approaching excited about it being the kind you download, then print (or, in my case, trace) and assemble yourself. Nor did I have any black fabric on hand, and, try as I might, I couldn't bring myself to buy any. Instead, I used this.
I wanted the dress to at least resemble the assigned one (and I think it does. Somewhat). For the pattern, I messed a bit with the neck and shoulders of an existing dress pattern (and actually made a
I actually have several modifications in mind for the dress. Technically, it's finished right now, but I never get my armholes quite right (somehow, even with the toile...). If I'm just standing normally, it's fine, but if I reach forward, a couple inches at the bottom front start to dig into me. So I have to fix that, and then there are a few other things I think will make it more fun/wearable that I might attempt, too. Right now, I might wear it in a pinch; if the alterations go as planned, I might wear it fairly often.
The next time I wear it, it will be with the alterations, so I'll post photos and more details then. But here's what it looks like without the apron anyway.
I could eat one.
Here are project details, split between each piece:
Fabric: blue and white striped cotton, scrap from stash
Pattern: Based on this free pattern from this Spool Cotton Company booklet
Year: 1945 pattern, pretty new fabric
Notions: bias tape and yarn=>piping from stash
Time to complete: maybe 2 1/2 hours?
First worn: Thursday
Wear again: yes, though probably not as often as my other apron
Total cost: free!
DressFabric: navy blue cotton pillowcase, wound up free
Pattern: redraft of Butterick 3029
Year: 1960s pattern, new fabric
Notions: metal zipper $.25, hem tape $.25
Time to complete: not sure--I have to either start keeping track better or stop including this.
First worn: not yet
Wear again: yes, with alterations
Total cost: $0.50