Thursday, 15 March 2012

Check out my apron

It's gorgeous. There are slight imperfections, but they aren't overly noticeable and the apron still looks amazing.

The project is the from the book Amy Butler's In Stitches: 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects. I had to make my own pattern so I made it from newspaper. There were a lot more pieces to keep track of for the apron so I made sure to label each piece, otherwise I would have trouble figuring out what was what.

I did have a few bumps in the road to completing the apron, but I was able to fix them and end up with a finished product. I did have to use the seam ripper a couple of times. I also YouTubed a video on how to machine baste.

This video helped explain to me what machine basting is and how to do it. The instructions in the book are numbered based on the part of the apron you're working on and the instructions kept referring to machine basting. I ignored the instruction the first few times but since it kept coming up, I decided I should just figure out what it is and why it's important. Pretty much it's similar to hand basting, but instead you're using a machine. 

Overall, I am very happy with my apron and especially the beautiful pink and blue giraffe print. There is a pattern for oven mitts in the book so I am thinking I will make some matching oven mitts to go with the gorgeous apron.

I also can't find my camera, so I will post the picture as soon as I find my camera. I promise, the apron does exist and it does look great.

UPDATE: I found my camera and here is the beautiful apron that I spoke of. Isn't she lovely?

Pink and navy giraffe print apron

Monday, 5 March 2012

Fabric Shopping

I spent the last week in Atlanta, Georgia so I decided that I should look for fabric while I was there. I went to a crafts store called Jo-Ann. It was amazing! It was so big and they had a giant selection of fabrics. I even liked the prints, My friend's mom had a 40% off coupon so I bought a few different fabrics and some navy thread. Thanks to the coupon I only paid $18. I was super happy and now I am very excited to get started on my second project.

I was just on their website and I found out that there is a store located just over the border in Niagara Falls, NY. That's not very far from me, so I'm even more excited because I now know of one store with good fabrics and I know how to get there. If any of you have been to the outlet mall in Niagara Falls, NY, Jo-Ann is located on the same road.

So, for this week I have to make the pattern and hopefully I can move through sewing it in less time and with fewer bumps. It's still a surprise what I'm making, so if you want to know what it is you'll have to stay tuned for my next post.