For some reason I decided I needed (okay, wanted) an apron in December. I had some fabric from the Dandelion Daydream line that I had been obsessing over and I thought it would be perfect for an apron. So I perused my local quilt shop (Village Dry Goods) for an apron pattern, grabbed one I thought I'd like, and went to work!
Shortly into the pattern I decided there were some things I didn't like about it so much. darn it....
So I started to change a few things and venture out on my own. I'm new enough to sewing that this was a scary thing to do, and while not everything was finished perfectly, it's finished. (After doing most of it in December, then finally doing the finishing touches yesterday. Oops!)
The main thing I changed was the back. The back was designed to have crossing straps. Now I know that this would be adorable, but I didn't think it would be that quick to get in and out of it. And as my husband says, "he married the milkmaid, not the princess." Don't worry, it's not an insult. All he means by it is he married someone that is more interested in things being logical and functional than pretty. Sorry, it's who I am. :)
At the end of the photo shoot my husband said, now untie
the apron and spin!" So what do I do? Spin first, ask
questions later. What goofs!
So instead of the crossing straps I did an around the neck strap with two different button positions, and a long, tie-able waist strap. Now I throw it over my head, tie it up, and I'm good to cook.
I also added a few little gathers where the bodice meets the waist band. I wish I would have gathered it more. See, I like some cute things.
Totally didn't know he was getting my head in this
one. But for blog honesty, I didn't crop it out.
I think the pintucks and contrasting pocket are my favorite parts. I think the pintucks are especially cute with the diagonal strips.
I'm happy to say it's a functional and cute (if I might say so) apron.