Awhile back a dear friend asked me if I would be willing to teach a class on making an apron – Challenge #1. "Geesh!" – was my first thought as I have never officially sewn an apron. I have many books about how to make them and have had great intentions to do so, however I’ve just never got around to doing so.
So what kind of apron do I want to make and teach? Challenge Number #2. After mulling it over in my brain for quite sometime, I came up with a work apron, more specifically a sewing apron. I don’t know about you – but when I am creating something, there is nothing more frustrating than having to stop what I am doing and go on a search for that specific tool that I need. It doesn’t matter if it is a particular spice in a cabinet, a spoon to stir with, a scissor to cut with, a trowel to dig with…..whatever! – it just really takes away my “moe-joe”. Are you with me on that one?
This is my handy-dandy sewing apron – a four pocketed piece that has a lot of pockets here and there for my sewing tools. It is kind of a hodge-podge of mixed components – scraps of laces, vintage linens, buttons, denim pockets, ric rac and trims. I downloaded graphics from The Graphics Fairy blog to use on the apron. "Nanny" is in memory of my grandmother who was a talented seamstress and crafter.
The part that I enjoyed most about making this is that it is imperfect – crooked lines, mixed stitches and raw edges. I love imperfect! There is just something very free and easy about not having to be so accurate for once.
Now I don’t have any excuses for not being able to find my gadgets. At least that is what I am hoping for next time I sew. Next project: Challenge #3 - a very special tote bag….inspired by two very important souls in my life.